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Jefferson Pinder

Multidisciplinary Artist and Performer

Chicago, Illinois

Jefferson Pinder’s work provokes commentary about race and struggle. Focusing primarily with neon, found objects, and video, Pinder investigates identity through the most dynamic circumstances and materials. Through his meditative exploration with light and sound or his intensely grueling corporeal performances, he delves into conversations about race. His exploration of sound, music and physical performance are conceptual threads to examine history, cultural appropriation, and portrayals of exertion and labor. Creating collaged audio clips and surreal performances he under score themes dealing with Afro-Futurism and endurance.His work has been featured in numerous group and solo shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, Showroom Mama in Rotterdam, Netherlands, The Phillips Collection, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. At present, Pinder is preparing for the 2016 Shanghai Biennale, and has just finished a sculptural installation at the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Pinder resides in Chicago where he is a Professor in the Sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.

Donor -This award is generously supported by The Joyce Foundation.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.08.2024

“Dark Matter” Performance, DuPont Circle, Phillips Collection, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
“Gauntlet”, 2015. 200 handmade billy clubs, invisible wire. Courtesy of the artist.
“Moraien Shadows”, 2015. Church organ Pipes from demolished Baptist Church, wood, concrete, audio. Courtesy of the artist.