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Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible is the largest solo presentation of the artist’s work to date and his first solo exhibition in the United States. The title of the exhibition is derived from the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari who assert that “to go unnoticed, is by no means easy,” and positions Pendleton’s practice as a form of counter-portraiture.The works in the exhibition explore visual and cultural framing practices to re-contextualize European, African, and American aesthetic and cultural movements from Minimalism and Dada to Black Lives Matter. Becoming Imperceptible is curated by Andrea Andersson Ph. D., the Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) New Orleans, and was originated by the CAC; it recently traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver. MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Becoming Imperceptible is organized by Senior Curator Andria Hickey.

Adam Pendleton (1984, Richmond, CA) lives and works in New York. Pendleton attended the Artspace Independent Study Program in Pietrasanta, Italy (2000-2002). Solo exhibitions include Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2016), Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Colorado (2016), Pace Gallery, New York, New York (2014), Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (2014), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana (2008). Group exhibitions including The Revolution Will Not Be Grey, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2016), The Language of Things, Public Art Fund New York, New York (2016), Young, Gifted and Black, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2015), Personne et les autres, Belgian Pavilion, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venizia, Venice, Italy (2015), Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2014). His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. The exhibition is originated by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans.

Generous support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible is provided by Toby Devan Lewis, and The City of Cleveland Cable Television Minority Arts & Education Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Additional support provided by Pace Gallery.

In kind support for the production of Black Lives Matter #3 (wall work), 2015 is provided by Astek, Inc.

All 2017 exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from an anonymous donor, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle Shan-Jeschelnig and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.