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Adrienne Edwards and Adam Pendleton.
Adrienne Edwards and Adam Pendleton.

Adrienne Edwards and Adam Pendleton Join Board of ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has welcomed two new members to its advisory board: curator Adrienne Edwards and artist Adam Pendleton. Cochaired by ICA founding donors Steve Markel and Bill Royall, the advisory board consists of artists, VCU leadership and alumni, art-world professionals, business leaders, and a student representative. Members include artist and VCU alumna Diana Al-Hadid and director of the Arts and Industries Building at the Smithsonian Institute Rachel Goslins, among others.

Edwards currently serves as curator of performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, which she joined last year, and has helped curate commissions for Performa since 2010. At the New York–based biennial, she has organized various thematic presentations, including “Afroglossia” (2017) which focused on African performance art and featured new works by Teju Cole, Wangechi Mutu, and Tracey Rose, and has facilitated partnerships with New York institutions such as the Anthology Film Archives and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A Richmond native, Pendleton is based in New York and is known for his paintings, collages, videos, and installations, which are animated by what the artist calls “Black Dada,” a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. His work is currently featured in a two-person exhibition with Pope.L at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich and will be presented in a solo exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin in April 2019.