New Work by Adam Pendleton On Exterior Façade Announced for April

A monumental new work by Adam Pendleton (American, b. 1984) will take its place on the exterior of the Gardner Museum's new wing on the morning of April 17, 2013. The work, Untitled (Fang Man from the Upper Ivindo Area, Northern Gabon, 1905-6/Furnishing Fabric, French or Italian, 1725-50), 2013 will be on view through October, 2013. For the 36-foot-high art installation on the Museum facade, Pendleton has juxtaposed a photographic portrait of a Fang Man from the Upper Ivindo area in Northern Gabon, Africa at the turn of the last century against a mid-18th century European silk damask from the Gardner Museum's collection.

"This dynamic black and white photographic collage is part of the artist's continuing re-contextualization of history through appropriated imagery with the intent to establish alternative interpretations of the present," said Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art. "The artist often pairs unrelated eras and unrelated ideas as a way of transforming them," she added.

In his piece for the Gardner, Pendleton uses a photocopied enlargement of a portrait of a twenty-six year old man taken by a French officer during a colonial mission in what is now southern Cameroon in 1905. In this frontal portrait, the unidentified man is wearing ornaments meant to accentuate his youth and strength; on his head he wears a traditional warrior's cap. Pendleton pairs the figure of the young man in front of a patterned silk damask of meandering vines, formal bouquets of roses and hyacinths. The new image will be printed on mesh fabric strips will be applied to the façade of the new building. The fabric was originally installed by Isabella Stewart Gardner in the Yellow Room Gallery on the ground floor of the museum. Pendleton has also incorporated this fabric into another work shown in Berlin in 2009.

The work which is installed on the façade of the Museum's new wing is the third installment and the second artist to create site-specific work for this the wall. The space is devoted to new work by Gardner Museum Artists-in-Residence and changes about every six months.

Adam Pendleton
Adam Pendleton is a conceptual artist, who has a multi-disciplinary practice ranging from painting to publishing, photographic collage, video and performance. He was an artist-in-residence at the Gardner Museum in 2008 and he later premiered the performance Three Scenes (Variation One) in 2010. Born in 1984 in Richmond, Virginia, Adam Pendleton lives and works in Germantown, New York and New York City. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including shows at MoMA PS1, Long Island City; Tate Liverpool; New Museum, New York; at The Kitchen, New York, He will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston), and has been commissioned to create a new work for Performa 13, New York. His first solo museum exhibition will be presented at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis in 2014.

Related Program
Adam Pendleton: New Work
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7 pm
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Adrienne Edwards will facilitate a conversation with Adam Pendleton about the new work at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Adrienne Edwards is a curator, scholar, and writer of performance with a focus on artists of the African Diaspora and the Global South. She is Associate Curator, Performa Institute, a year-round think-tank that fosters learning, critical discourse, and deeper engagement in performance by directly supporting its scholarly investigation. Adrienne is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University where she is a Corrigan Doctoral Fellow. Her research interpolates visual art performance and experimental dance, critical race theory, and post-structuralist philosophy. She is curator-at-large for Third Streaming. Adrienne has organized the Africana Art Forum Series for Africana Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She has written on the work of Lorraine O'Grady, Tracey Rose, and Mickalene Thomas, and is a contributor to the exhibition catalogues for Clifford Owens: Anthology for MoMA/PS1, Fore for the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Wangechi Mutu for the Museum of Contempoary Art Sydney.