Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation

Ivy McLendon

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Philadelphia, PA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Ivy McLendon is a musician and filmmaker from Philadelphia by way of Charlotte, NC. They have released three albums, four EPs, and countless collaborations, but they’re most excited by an upcoming choreo-doc, dey/dem, that explores gender nonconformity in the Black American South/New Afrika and the African continent, for which they served as editor and composer.

During their time at MacDowell, McLendon worked on the exhibition design for their multimedia installation Exploitation Index: Affirmations for the Nonhuman. The work has foundations in Agnes Denes’ Psychograph, Afropessimist theory, and documentary film.



Ivy McLendon worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to…

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