Over the past half decade Adam Pendleton (b. Richmond, Virginia, 1984) has created language-based silkscreens, videos, and performances that critically investigate issues of identity, queerness, and power structures, using appropriated images, texts, and cultural clichés from a broad range of sources to re-imagine political and social realities. In his series Black Dada (2008–ongoing) and System of Display (2008–ongoing), he “associates” the figures of poets and Conceptual artists while repeatedly staging dialogues between 20th-century avant-gardes and the history of black politics. Lorraine O’Grady (American, b. 1934) is an artist and critic whose installations, performances, and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. O’Grady first rose to prominence with her guerilla performances as Mlle. Bourgeoise Noire (1980–83), in which she invaded art openings dressed in debutante white, giving away flowers, beating herself with a whip, and shouting out verses that highlighted the segregated nature of the art world. Pendleton presents a live “portrait” of O'Grady through a scripted conversation that upends normative uses of language and the re-presentation of O’Grady’s work.
In conjunction with the exhibition Words in the World
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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