Adam Pendleton, System of Display, E (HERE/Yaacov Agam, Contrastes, 1957), 2018-19, silkscreen ink on plexiglass and mirror, 9-13/16"x 9-13/16" x 3-1/8" © Adam Pendleton

Museum Exhibitions

Adam Pendleton

Elements of Me

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Feb 13 – Sep 27, 2020

Adam Pendleton’s exhibition considers the relations between (geometric) abstraction, blackness, and languages of collectivity. Three basic shapes—square, triangle, and circle—are the refrains in this room-sized installation.

Pendleton is a New York-based artist known for work animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. Drawing from an archive of language and images, Pendleton makes conceptually rigorous and formally inventive paintings, collages, videos, and installations that insert his work into broader conversations about history and contemporary culture. His work is held in public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Tate, London, among others.

Elements of Me is one of three exhibitions opening this season—along with Boston's Apollo and The Strange Taxi, Stretched. Each explore race and representation, while delving into Black and brown lived experiences to expand the story of American art. For more information, please visit the museum's (opens in a new window) website.

  • Museum Exhibitions — Adam Pendleton at the Gardner Museum, Feb 3, 2020