Adam Pendleton

Who Is Queen?

Sep 18, 2021–Jan 30, 2022


From left: Poor People’s Campaign, Resurrection City. June 25, 1968. AP Photo/Bob Daugherty; Adam Pendleton. Untitled (Who Is Queen). 2019; Adam Pendleton. Queen (detail). 2020. Courtesy the artist
  • MoMA, Floor 2 The Donald and Catherine Marron Family Atrium

Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? transforms MoMA’s Marron Atrium into a floor-to-ceiling multimedia installation encompassed by three wooden scaffolds. The immersive structure will serve as an arena for an ever-shifting program of live events, including screenings, readings, lectures, and musical performances, along with other exhibited material.

With Who Is Queen?, Pendleton offers a response to popular mobilizations of the last decade such as Black Lives Matter and the Occupy movement. The work brings together the structure of musical counterpoint—the folding and unfolding of simultaneous voices—with meditations on protest. On a regular basis, audio documentation of the live events will be edited and mixed back into the larger installation. Functioning like a machine, the installation is regulated by an algorithmic score that presents, documents, collects, and archives material that draws on the voices of figures as disparate as Allan Kaprow, Amiri Baraka, Michael Hardt, Ruby Sales, Malcolm X, and Glenn Gould.

Organized by Stuart Comer, The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance, with Danielle A. Jackson, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance.

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Major support is provided by The Jon Stryker Endowment.

Generous funding is provided by The Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum Endowed Fund, The Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund, and the Sarah Arison Fund for Performance.


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