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Adrian Piper: A Retrospective 1965-2000

Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being
Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being

Adrian Piper. The Mythic Being: I Embody Everything You Most Hate and Fear 1975. Oil crayon on black and white photograph, 18 x 26 cm.
8 Jul 2000 – 30 Aug 2000

Curator Maurice Berger for Fine Arts Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Adrian Piper, who premiered the performance Funk Lessons at NSCAD in 1983, played a formative role in the emergence of Conceptual art in the 1960s and 1970s. The African American artist/philospher continues to influence developments in identity-based art. Paradoxically, her reliance on Minimalist and Conceptual modes enhances the ability of her art to challenge intransigent attitudes about race, gender and difference. Piper's objects, installations, performances, videos and sound works establish a compelling relationship between artist and spectator. They permit neither to retreat to the defensive rationalizations that distance art from topics as discomforting as bigotry and xenophobia.

Funded in the USA by the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Lannan Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council, this exhibition appeared at MSVU Art Gallery in connection with HX, a city-wide festival of international contemporary art organized by the Contemporary Art Projects Society (CAPS).

Adrian Piper: A Retrospective(Out of stock)

The author of Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies, London-based critic Kobena Mercer is also one of the contributors to the exhibition catalogue. On Sunday 9 July at 3 p.m., he addressed the question, "How could an artist who began in the 1960s exert influence on artists in the 1990s when her work was more or less written out of the art historical account of what Conceptualism has been all about?"

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Exhibition Images
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Adrian PiperAdrian PiperAdrian PiperAdrian Piper: My Calling (Cards) #1 & #2Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being

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