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Studio Salon is the Museum's literary society that explores the dynamic intersections of literature and contemporary art through artist talks, book launches and writing workshops inspired by our exhibitions. This edition of Studio Salon is presented on the occasion of Surface Area: Selections from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition which explores surface as an expanded space of interaction, where the history of an object or a body leaves its trace.
Join The Studio Museum in Harlem and Triple Canopy to celebrate the publication of On Value, a multifarious book about the value of ephemeral artworks, and the labor and bodies that make them. Adam Pendleton—On Value contributor and exhibiting artist in Surface Area—will be joined by choreographer and artist Ralph Lemon, who co-edited On Value alongside Triple Canopy. Lemon and Pendleton will discuss how they have each sought to transpose live events, whether dance performances or charged historical events, into publishable forms such as essays, visual artifacts and print books. They will also examine the ways their respective starting points—Lemon in performance, and Pendleton in visual art—have influenced their distinctive approaches to interdisciplinary work, and how their work might disturb epistemological frameworks and challenge the treatment of historical inaccuracies. Triple Canopy associate editor Lizzie Feidelson will moderate.
This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. To pre-register for this event, please click here. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
To learn more about On Value—which includes contributions by Kevin Beasley, Claire Bishop, Philip Bither, Paula Court, Adrienne Edwards, Tom Finkelpearl, Ana Janevski, Claudia La Rocco, Thomas J. Lax, Ralph Lemon, Glenn Ligon, Glenn Lowry, Sarah Michelson, Fred Moten, Adam Pendleton, Yvonne Rainer, Will Rawls, David Velasco and Nari Ward—or to order a copy, please click here.
Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is a conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, which moves fluidly between painting, publishing, photographic collage, video and performance. His work centers on an engagement with language, in both the figurative and literal senses, and the re-contextualization of history through appropriated imagery to establish alternative interpretations of the present and, as the artist has explained, “a future dynamic where new historical narratives and meanings can exist.”
Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, director, writer and installation artist who is artistic director of Cross Performance, Inc. He develops intellectually rigorous and experimental performances that are as socially and politically resonant as they are personal, including the multimedia collaboration How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? (2010); a commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Rescuing the Princess (2009); and the epic cycle, The Geography Trilogy (1997–2004).
Triple Canopy is a magazine based in New York. Since 2007, Triple Canopy has advanced a model for publication that encompasses digital works of art and literature, public conversations, exhibitions and books. This model hinges on the development of publishing systems that incorporate networked forms of production and circulation. Working closely with artists, writers, technologists and designers, Triple Canopy produces projects that demand considered reading and viewing. Triple Canopy resists the atomization of culture and, through sustained inquiry and creative research, strives to enrich the public sphere. Triple Canopy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and a member of Common Practice New York.