Carte Blanche

Adam Pendleton

Jan 11–25, 2022


Hale County This Morning, This Evening. 2018. USA. Directed, filmed, edited, and written by RaMell Ross. 76 min. Courtesy The Cinema Guild

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In conjunction with his exhibition Who Is Queen?, Adam Pendleton brings together a diverse selection of moving-image works, probing the relationships between subjectivity, Blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde.

Two “absolute films” by Hans Richter (Rhythmus 21, 1921, and Rhythmus 23, 1923) and a “rayograph” film by Man Ray (Le Retour à la raison, 1923) explore the limits and potentials of the film frame, putting abstract forms and textures into motion. Chris Marker and Alain ResnaisStatues Also Die (1953) examines the transformation and circumscription of African art in the European museum. Gordon Matta-Clark’s short film City Slivers (1976) is a cut-up portrait of New York City, while Joan Jonas’s video work Good Night Good Morning (1976) is a self-portrait whose subject is established through repeated greetings and farewells. RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018), the longest work in the program, intimately documents a Black community in western Alabama.

Organized by Stuart Comer, The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator, with Danielle A. Jackson, former Curatorial Assistant, and Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistant, with the support of Veronika Molnar, Intern, Department of Media and Performance.

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Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.


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