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.