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 installation encompassed by three wooden scaffolds. The scaffolds will support new paintings, drawings, and sculptures, creating an arena for moving-image works as well as a dynamic, multi-layered sound piece.

With Who Is Queen?, Pendleton addresses the influence that mass movements, including those of the last decade, such as Black Lives Matter and Occupy, could have on the exhibition as form. A meditation on protest, the installation's sound component, a mixture of archival speech and music, assumes the structure of musical counterpoint—the folding and unfolding of simultaneous voices. The composition, functioning like a machine, is regulated by an algorithmic score, collecting and presenting a diverse group of historical and contemporary materials.

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.

Leadership support is provided by the Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund.

Major funding is provided by the Jon Stryker Endowment, the Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund, and MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Director's Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Generous support is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions, the Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum Endowed Fund, and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.


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