History Is Never Finished: An Interview with Adam Pendleton
The artist speaks about his installation Who Is Queen?
Feb 18, 2022
How to address an exhibition as it reaches its conclusion, when the artwork presented actively resists resolution or finitude? Adam Pendleton’s Who Is Queen? has been a decade in the making, but the system it proposes suggests that history is never finished; rather it is a continuous present, an accumulation of events and ideas that can be rearticulated and upended to create new perspectives and possibilities. The exhibition leaves in its wake a matrix of thoughts and thinkers who have provided many inspiring ruminations that will continue to reverberate.
While The Who Is Queen? Reader provided a kind of polyphonic score for the project at its outset, many voices, layers, and gestures have continued to accumulate over the five months that Who Is Queen? has occupied MoMA’s Marron Family Atrium. In addition to the Reader, and the forthcoming panel discussion that will form part of the Who Is Queen? Closing Celebration on February 21, the Who Is Queen? Dialogues podcast series, now available in its entirety online, weaves together a critical set of conversations that evolved iteratively over the course of the exhibition. At the heart of it all, Adam Pendleton has remained committed to the core principles of his work and his process of engineering new relationships between social, aesthetic, and poetic forms. I was able to sit down with him to hear his own personal reflections on Who Is Queen?, now that its expansive web of ideas and histories has taken concrete, physical form.
Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen?, 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, is on view at MoMA through February 21, 2022.
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