Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation

Ada Pinkston

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Baltimore, MD
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer. Her artistic research interest spans the social sciences, global colonial histories, American Studies, and community art practices. Her most recent work can be found in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Her work has been featured at a variety of spaces including The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Peale Museum, Transmodern Performance Festival, P.S.1, The New Museum, Light City Baltimore and the streets of Berlin, Baltimore, Orlando, Washington D.C., and New York. She has presented lectures on public space at The French Embassy, NYU, UCLA, and The National Gallery of Art. She is also an alumnus of the Monument Lab+Goethe Institute Transnational Fellowship.

At MacDowell, Pinkston made sculptural paintings to develop an abstract language to represent the emotional landscape that she connects to child birth equity. These paintings are connected to her ongoing body of work that considers the concept of memory both private and public. Recent iterations of this work were included in The Black American Portraits show at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Spelman College. This new body will be featured in solo show at the end of her artist residency at Spaces in Cleveland, Ohio.

Portrait by Kei Eito



Ada Pinkston worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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