Robert E. “Ned” Behnke Annual Lecture

Jefferson Pinder

Friday, June 3, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 pm


Remarks in honor of the birthday of Ned Behnke will open the evening’s program.

Jefferson Pinder is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist who explores Black American experience and African-American history through theatrical installations, objects, video, and choreographic performances. Whether on screen or live, his experimental, time-based works feature minimalist actions—sometimes performed by the artist himself—that reference struggle, racial dissonance, and physical theatre. Pinder’s work provides personal and socio-political commentary in a direct and accessible manner. Often inspired by soundtracks and movies, he sorts through collaged audio clips and surreal performances to underscore themes dealing with Afro-Futurism, endurance, and blackness.

About the Presenter

Jefferson Pinder’s work has been shown internationally in exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, Showroom Mama in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, The High Museum in Atlanta, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. At present, Pinder is preparing for the 2016 Shanghai Biennale as well as creating a sculptural installation for the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture opening this fall.

Jefferson Pinder. Escape Artist (2011)