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Adam Pendleton:
Who Is Queen?

September 18, 2021 – January 30, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

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.


The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Leadership support is provided by the Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund.

Major funding is provided by the Jon Stryker Endowment, the Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund, and MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Generous support is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions, the Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum Endowed Fund, and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.

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Images from L/R: Poor People’s Campaign, Resurrection City, June 25, 1968. AP/ Bob Daugherty; Adam Pendleton, Untitled (WE ARE NOT), 2020; Adam Pendleton, Queen, 2020 (detail)

Adam Pendleton. Untitled (WE ARE NOT). 2021. Silkscreen ink on canvas, 120 x 144”. Courtesy of the artist.

Adam Pendleton. Untitled (HEY MAMA HEY), 2021. Silkscreen ink on Mylar. Sheet: 38 x 29”. Framed: 40 3/8 x 31 3/8”. Image courtesy of the artist.

Adam Pendleton. Image courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery. Photo by Sang Tae Kim.

Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? A Reader publication cover