University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Jefferson Pinder: Anthology

February 25-June14, 2009
West Gallery & Screening Room
2155 North Prospect Avenue
Artist talk: April 4 at 10:30 am
Artist reception: April 4, 4:30-6 pm

Jefferson Pinder will be in residence in conjunction with a Multimedia & Performance symposium at INOVA/Kenilworth on April 4. He will present a workshop, Performing Identity (April 3) while in residence.

Jefferson Pinder, a Washington D.C.-based filmmaker and performance artist, produces experimental videos and films that also reference music videos and physical theatre. In Anthology, the first comprehensive survey of Pinder's film and video work, he investigates race and identity through a series of short piec-es that explore cultural co-optation and inversions of traditional roles. These pieces often take the form of self-portraits: solo per-formances in which the central character is played by the artist. Pinder's work, which will be shown in installation and screening formats, mirrors crucial discussions that continue to shape our society.

Pinder, who received his undergraduate training in theatre and his graduate training in mixed media, makes quilts, bound histories, film/video, collages and scrolls that explore and communicate African American experience and identity. His work was recently included in RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and has been featured in numerous group shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has recently spent time in Dakar, Mexico City and Hanoi working on projects that deal with race, identity and social mobility. The recipient of a David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora Fellowship (2002-2003), Pinder is currently an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. He is represented by G Fine Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Marathon, 2003 February 25-March 8
Dakar (Spinnin), 2006 March 11-29
Mule, 2006 April 1-5
Processional, 2002 April, 8-12
Exorcism (Blowin Smoke), 2006 April 15-19
Car Wash Meditations, 2005 April 22-26
Invisible Man, 2005 April 29-May 3
Ali (Shadow Boxer), 2008 May 6-17
Afro Cosmonaut/Alien
(White Noise), 2008 May 20-31
Compilation of Pinder videos June 3-14

Read Chicago critic Pedro Velez's comments on the Jefferson Pinder and Dennis Balk shows at INOVA on, along with other information about the Milwaukee art scene.

Read Mary Louise Schumacher's review in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Read Angelina Krahn's review of "Jefferson Pinder: Anthology" in the Shepherd Express online.

Read Milwaukee critic Kiki Anderson writing for Modern Painters magazine on the Jefferson Pinder exhibition.