In 2016 Hans and Barbara Breder generously supported the creation of the Intermedia Research Initiative (IRI), which treats the museum itself as a living laboratory, capable of fostering cross-disciplinary modes of creative inquiry. In memory of Hans Breder’s transformative legacy as the founder of the Intermedia MFA program, the IRI seeks to bring the thought and practice of a number of different fields into productive collision.
In that spirit, the UIMA is proud to announce that Adam Pendleton will deliver the Inaugural IRI Lecture. Pendleton is an internationally renowned conceptual artist whose multi-disciplinary practice moves fluidly across painting, publishing, photographic collage, video, and performance. He is also author of Black Dada Reader (2017), which elucidates his broad conceptualization of blackness. Pendleton’s lecture will engage with the themes of the exhibition Dada Futures at the UIMA@IMU Visual Classroom, which considers the varied horizons of possibilities the movement might enable in contemporary art and politics.
In addition to the IRI and the UIMA, Pendleton’s lecture is made possible through the generosity of co-sponsors that include the School of Art and Art History, Afro House, English, The Iowa Review, Performance Studies Working Group, and Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, with supplemental contributions from the Diversity Committee of the College of Education, Department of Communication Studies, and Department of Cinematic Arts. The African American Studies Program, Center for Afro-Futurism, and Prairie Lights Books are our promotional partners. The broad basis of support for this talk speaks to the continued vitality of cross disciplinary cooperation that the Intermedia Research Initiative seeks to continue and newly enable.
Free and open to the public.