Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen?

18 Sep 2021 – 30 Jan 2022

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10:30 – 19:00
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30
10:30 – 17:30

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MoMA Museum of Modern Art

New York
New York, United States


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The Museum of Modern Art presents Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen?, a large-scale installation on view in The Donald and Catherine Marron Family Atrium from September 18, 2021, through January 30, 2022.


Adam Pendleton’s (American, born 1984) paintings, drawings, and other works use linguistic, political, and historical material in unlikely forms and configurations to explore the relationship between Blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Who Is Queen? questions the traditional notion of the museum as a repository, and 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 a form. Drawing on the work of figures as disparate as pianist Glenn Gould, political philosopher Michael Hardt, and activist and public theologian Ruby Sales, this monumental installation sits at the nexus of abstraction and politics.

Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? is organized by Stuart Comer, The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance, with Danielle A. Jackson, former Curatorial Assistant, and Gee Wesley, Curatorial Assistant, and with the support of Veronika Molnar, Intern, Department of Media and Performance.

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Adam Pendleton


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