The most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of the work of Adrian Piper, featuring more than 270 works from the wide range of mediums that Piper has explored for over 50 years.
Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965-2016 is the most comprehensive West Coast exhibition to date of the work of Adrian Piper (b. 1948, New York). Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, this expansive retrospective features more than 270 works gathered from public and private collections from around the world, and encompasses a wide range of mediums that Piper has explored for over 50 years: drawing, photography, works on paper, video, multimedia installations, performance, painting, sculpture, and sound. Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965–2016 is the first West Coast museum presentation of Piper’s works in more than a decade, and her first since receiving the Golden Lion Award for Best Artist at the 56th Venice Biennale of 2015 and Germany’s Käthe Kollwitz Prize in 2018.
Piper’s groundbreaking, transformative work has profoundly shaped the form and content of Conceptual art since the 1960s, exerting an incalculable influence on artists working today. Her investigations into the political, social, and spiritual potential of Conceptual art frequently address gender, race, and xenophobia through incisive humor and wit, and draw on her long-standing involvement with philosophy and yoga.
For this exhibition, the Hammer is partnering with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) to present Piper’s work What It’s Like, What It Is #3, a large-scale mixed-media installation addressing racial stereotypes. On view October 7, 2018–January 6, 2019.
Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965-2016 is organized by The Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is organized by Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art; Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; David Platzker, former Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art; with Tessa Ferreyros, former Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art.
The Hammer’s presentation is organized by Connie Butler and Erin Christovale, Assistant Curator with Vanessa Arizmendi, Curatorial Assistant.
What It’s Like, What It Is #3 is presented by the ICA LA in conjunction with the Hammer Museum’s presentation of the exhibition.
Access Images of Walk-In Installations and Exhibition Audio Transcripts
Transcripts are available for the majority of audio works in the exhibition in the book Out of Order, Out of Sight, Volume 1. A copy of this publication is available in the Reading Room within the exhibition.
See inside the two of the exhibition’s large-scale installations:
- Documentation of Four Intruders Plus Alarm Systems, 1980 (PDF, 3 pp., 790KB)
- Documentation of Black Box/White Box, 1992 (PDF, 3 pp., 1.3MB)
Major support of the Los Angeles presentation of Adrian Piper: Concepts and Intuitions, 1965-2016 is provided by the Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation and the Hammer Global Council. Generous funding is also provided by Candace King Weir and Visionary Women, with additional support from the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation.