Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13 from 6pm to 8pm
Exhibition runs July 13 through August 3, 2013.
Revival, a spirited sequel to Jefferson Pinder’s 2006 video musical Juke, is a six-channel performance piece that uses popular music to explore racial identity. As Revival constructs a virtual choir using multiple performers, it speaks to the longstanding tradition of cultural appropriation through music. Inspired by the power of music and memory, Pinder experiments with the familiarity of popular music to produce music videos that act as portraits and reveal the social conditioning of the performers.
As Juke explores the one-on-one connection between the performers and their viewers, Revival uses group dynamics and harmony to deliver a potent message about connectivity through music.
Jefferson Pinder, currently living and working in Chicago, is a participating artist for the DuBois Project at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, opening this Fall, 2013. In June, 2013, Pinder transformed the Defibrillator space in Chicago into a playground for the mind and body. In this performance he embodied the role of the most contemporary black trope “The Magical Negro”. In an exchange with the audience, He demonstrated how durational physical actions explore the darker side of this complex stereotype.
This year also saw Pinder participating in shows at the University of Md, the Jefferson School of African American Heritage in Charlottsville, VA, SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA, and Columbia College, Chicago, IL.
Gallery hours during this period:
- Thursday – Saturday: Noon to 5pm
- and by appointment
Visitors who wish to see Revival are encouraged to call 202.462.1601 at all other times to gain access to the gallery.
G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Avenue NE. For more information call 202.462.1601 or visit them online at www.gfineartdc.com.