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July/August 2018
Vol. 37 No. 6

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
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Double Consciusness: A Conversation with Jefferson Pinder
by Laura Roulet
Funknik, 2014. Salvaged tin, wood, steel, linoleum, and audio, 80 x 60 x 52 in.; 45 minutes. In a career that has evolved from the performing arts to performance art, Jefferson Pinder consistently probes themes of racial identity through live performance, video, and sculpture. Key works such as Ben-Hur, Afro- Cosmonaut/Alien (White Noise), Overture (Star of Ethiopia), and Dark Matter meld historical legacy with current events, adopting references from W.E.B. Du Bois, Hollywood cinema, and Afrofuturism. His mixedmedia sculpture Mothership (Capsule), assembled from lumber used to build Barack Obama's first inauguration platform and other salvaged materials, is a centerpiece of the contemporary art collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, with musician George Clinton's P-Funk concert prop "The Mothership" displayed in an adjoining gallery. A professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pinder received a United States Artists Joyce Fellowship for performance in 2016, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017, and was honored by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden the same year.

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Funknik, 2014. Salvaged tin, wood, steel, linoleum, and audio, 80 x 60 x 52 in.; 45 minutes.

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