Lever House presents ~ Adam Pendleton: what a day was this, works grouped together from his OK DADA OK BLACK DADA OK and System of Display series, along with two multi-paneled silkscreen ink on Mylar works.
This site-specific installation by New York-based artist Adam Pendleton is a layered selection in black silkscreen ink and spay paint, together with a floor-to-ceiling ‘Wall-Work.’
Pendleton’s artistic practice is centered around linguistic and visual communication, exploring the construction and negation of meaning through Black Dada, a phrase derived from the 1964 poem “Black Dada Nihilismus” by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka).
Pendleton often references political and artistic history and addresses contemporary cultural issues. His recently published, Adam Pendleton: Black Dada Reader “brings a diverse range of cultural figures into a shared conceptual space, including Hugo Ball, W.E.B. Du Bois, Stokley Carmighael, LeRoi Jones, Sun Ra, Adrian Piper, Joan Retallack, Harryette Mullen, Ron Silliman and Gertrude Stein, as well as artists from different generations such as Ad Reinhardt, Joan Jonas, William Pope L, Thomas Hirschhorn and Stan Douglas. The Reader also includes essays on the concept of Black Dada and its historical implications from curators and critics.”
In this exhibit, and exploring Black Dada, Pendleton “brings voices together in a way that disrupts easy logic and established history.”
Leave time to check out the exhibition, inside and out ~ with much of his work on street-level, facing Park Avenue.
Adam Pendleton: what a day it was, curated by Roya Sachs will be on view at Lever House, 390 Park Avenue between 53rd-54th Streets, through August 24, 2018.