Jefferson Pinder: Thin Skin/Shock Layer

by - January 11, 2019

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Jefferson Pinder: Thick Skin/Shock Layer
Artist lecture Thursday, January 17, 7-8:30pm
Opening reception Friday, January 18, 5-7pm
Work on view January 18 - March 8
Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
University of Memphis Department of Art, Rooms 230 and 240

Location: Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310 (3715 Central Ave.)

Artist lecture: Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder will speak about his socially-engaged work and practice. From endurance-based performance and video to found-object sculpture, his work presents a dense web of visual and sonic tropes, referencing historical events and invoking cultural myths.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Jefferson Pinder: Thin Skin / Shock Layer,” on view at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries, January 18 – March 8, 2019.


About the exhibition and artist:
This exhibition showcases the convergence of sound and the body in the work of Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder. From human beings to automobiles, the artist utilizes the body as both a medium and a physical space. Featuring a selection of Pinder’s video and objects from the past two decades, the exhibition explores the slippages between human and machine from the anthropomorphizing of cars to the physical force of the human body. Sound, from sampled music to garbled noise, quotidian to extraterrestrial, is a driving force in Pinder’s work.

Jefferson Pinder received a BA in Theatre at University of Maryland in 1993 and an MFA in Theatre from the Asolo Theatre Conservatory MFA Program at Florida State University in 1994. He went on to receive an MFA in Painting and Mixed Media at the University of Maryland in 2003. He has been featured in numerous group and solo shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; Showroom MaMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands; The Tate Modern, London, UK; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. Recently, Pinder was exhibited at the 2016 Shanghai Biennale, and at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. He was awarded the 2016 United States Artist Award in the field of performance. He also was the recipient of the 2017 Moving Image Acquisition award and was a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation fine arts fellow. Pinder resides in Chicago, where he is Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Pinder will also give a public lecture on Thursday, January 17 at 7 pm in 310 Art and Communication Building.

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