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Uncompromising: Adrian Piper at MoMA, New York

'Drawings about Paper and Writings about Words #46 196" Adrian Piper. Cut-and-pasted paper bag, charcoal, and pencil on notebook paper, 11 x 8 1/2" (27.9 x 21.6 cm).
(The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift (purchase, and gift, in part, of The Eileen and Michael Cohen Collection). © 2018 Adrian Piper)

Running into summer 2018 is an exhibition of more than 290 works by conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper. The large-scale exhibition is taking place at the Museum of Modern Art and is titled “Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016”. Spanning Piper’s remarkable career, the exhibition runs until July 22, 2018 in New York.

In 1996 Adrian Piper wrote, “it seemed that the more clearly and abstractly I learned to think, the more clearly I was able to hear my gut telling me what I needed to do, and the more pressing it became to do it.” Since the 1960s, Piper has been involved in studying the potential of conceptualism — an art form is an art where concepts or ideas associated in the work take priority over traditional, aesthetic, technical, and material concerns. Through her exploration of conceptualism, Piper aims to challenge the general assumptions about the social structures that shape the world.

In the extensive number of artworks showcased, are included a wide-ranging medium of works - drawings, paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, videos, and performances. Piper’s provocative works are often drawn from her personal and professional experiences and focussed on themes such as gender, race and xenophobia. Her recent works also cover the subjects of social engagement and self-transcendence. “Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965–2016” occupies the entire 6th floor of the museum, as well as its Marron Atrium. The large-scale exhibition charts the artist’s five-decade career and has on the show, her early paintings inspired by the use of LSD.

“It has been a privilege for us all to work with Piper in mounting this uncompromising exhibition, which will vastly expand our understanding of the Conceptual and post-Conceptual movements and Piper’s pivotal position among both her peers and later generations of artists,” said Glenn D. Lowry, The Museum of Modern Art’s Director. Some of the notable works presented in the exhibition are  projects such as "Mythic Being" (1973), in which Piper has merged her male alter ego with entries from her teenage journals; "My Calling (Card) #1" and "My Calling (Card) #2 (1986)," business card–sized, text-based works that confront the reader’s own racist or sexist tendencies; and "What It’s Like, What It Is #3" (1991), a large-scale mixed-media installation addressing racist stereotypes.

"Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965–2016" is  Piper’s first American museum exhibition in over 10 years. Adrian Piper has consistently been producing ground-breaking works of conceptual art and is a recipient of the Golden Lion Award for Best Artist (56th Venice Biennale, 2015) and Käthe Kollwitz Prize (Germany, 2018.)

The exhibition will be on view through July 22, 2018 at Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019.

For details, visit: www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/285133/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

Founder Louise Blouin