Art
1,495 Hypes 0 Comments

Adam Pendleton Transforms MoMA's Atrium Into an Arena of ‘Black Dada’

“Who Is Queen” is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the museum.

Adam Pendleton is an American conceptual artist who uses text and appropriated imagery to shine light on underrepresented historical narratives. Heavily inspired by forms of social resistance and avant garde movements, the artist refers to his work as “Black Dada,” a phrase that was first coined by poet, Amiri Baraka. Pendleton is showcasing his first solo exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, entitled, “Who Is Queen?”

MoMA’s Marron Family Atrium is transformed into an arena of dialogue, through several massive 60-foot edifice towers containing several paintings, some of which size at 10 x 20-feet wide. The work on display challenges notions of authorship and legibility through layered messaging, such as the repeated phrase, “WE ARE NOT.”

In an interview with Artnet News, Pendleton notes how the label ‘Queen’ could be both a “derogatory or loving” name for a queer man, adding that “specifically in Black culture, it has different connotations.” The artist uses this question to explore who we are, what we are, and where we strive to go, both in personal and collective terms.

“We simultaneously possess and are possessed by contradictory ideals and ideas.”

The exhibition also presents Pendleton’s latest video installation, So We Moved: A Portrait of Jack Halberstam, which reflects on the dilapidated Robert E. Lee momument in Richmond, Virginia, alongside Resurrection City — a 1968 ad-hoc city that was set up on the national mall in Washington D.C. The artist noted in a statement that the work “is not black or white. It articulates the ways in which we simultaneously possess and are possessed by contradictory ideals and ideas.”

“Who Is Queen?” is on view at MoMA New York until February 21, 2022.

In case you missed it, ‘KAWS:HOLIDAY’ Singapore installation is set to reopen.

The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St,
New York, NY 10019

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

The 'KAWS:HOLIDAY' Singapore Installation is Set to Reopen
Art

The 'KAWS:HOLIDAY' Singapore Installation is Set to Reopen

After being forced into closure due to a legal dispute.

'KAWS:HOLIDAY' Singapore Has Been Ordered To Stop, Due to Court Order
Art

'KAWS:HOLIDAY' Singapore Has Been Ordered To Stop, Due to Court Order

AllRightsReserved and the artist release an official statement.

'KAWS:HOLIDAY' Singapore Has Officially Landed On The World's Largest Floating Stage
Art 

'KAWS:HOLIDAY' Singapore Has Officially Landed On The World's Largest Floating Stage

KAWS himself also made an appearance.

Artsy to Auction off a Lot of Iconic Photographs for Charity
Art

Artsy to Auction off a Lot of Iconic Photographs for Charity

Proceeds benefit the Ian Parry Scholarship Fund.

2021 Artist Plate Project Features a List of Legendary Work
Art

2021 Artist Plate Project Features a List of Legendary Work

Including the likes of KAWS, Amy Sherald, George Condo, Yoshitomo Nara, Virgil Abloh and more.


Hebru Brantley to Release ‘Gaia’ Sculptures With Avant Arte
Art

Hebru Brantley to Release ‘Gaia’ Sculptures With Avant Arte

Cast in Portoro marble, the editions are available on November 29.

Elmgreen & Dragset Present "The Nervous System" at Pace New York
Art

Elmgreen & Dragset Present "The Nervous System" at Pace New York

The duo’s first exhibition with the gallery since joining in 2020.

Christopher Walken Intentionally Destroys Genuine Banksy Piece for TV Show
Art

Christopher Walken Intentionally Destroys Genuine Banksy Piece for TV Show

‘The Rat’ was featured in the finale of the BBC drama ‘The Outlaws.’

Sotheby’s Will Accept Live Bids in ETH for Two Banksy Artworks Up for Auction
Art

Sotheby’s Will Accept Live Bids in ETH for Two Banksy Artworks Up for Auction

The first time that a cryptocurrency will be used as the standard currency for bidding on physical artworks at auction.

Beeple’s 'HUMAN ONE' Generative NFT Sculpture Sells for $29 Million USD
Art

Beeple’s 'HUMAN ONE' Generative NFT Sculpture Sells for $29 Million USD

The piece displays artwork that will evolve over time.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.