This event celebrates the US launch of Adam Pendleton’s Black Dada Reader. Begun as an in-studio spiral bound publication in 2011, the Reader has evolved into a hardcover collection of texts and documents that elucidates Pendleton’s conceptual framework, “Black Dada.”
Black Dada—Pendleton’s term for a broad conceptualization of blackness—is the animating force of his work in painting, video, sculpture, and performance. Published by Koenig Books, the Reader brings a diverse range of cultural figures into a shared cultural space, including Hugo Ball, W.E.B. Du Bois, Stokely Carmichael, Joan Retallack, and Gertrude Stein, as well as artists from different generations, such as Joan Jonas and William Pope.L. It also features essays written for the the Reader by Adrienne Edwards, Laura Hoptman, Tom McDonough, Jenny Schlenzka, and Susan Thompson.
The event will highlight the book’s contents through readings and performances by the edition’s editor, Stephen Squibb; poet and John Cage scholar, Joan Retallack; a New Orleans-style brass band (SugarTone Brass Band); and Adam Pendleton.
October 4, 7pm
Literature programs at The Kitchen are always free thanks to the support of our members. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, please click here.
This event is made possible with support from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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