Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Jefferson Pinder

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Interdisciplinary artist Jefferson Pinder’s work provokes commentary about race and struggle. Focusing primarily on neon, found objects, and video, Pinder investigates identity through dynamic circumstances and materials, from uncanny video portraits associated with popular music to durational work that puts the black body in motion. In his recent Guggenheim Fellowship project, he explored performance in relationship with Red Summer of 1919.

While at MacDowell, he edited performance and video work from last year. In particular, he completed a video that wrestles with the usage of the n-word in relation to toxic masculinity in cinema.

Portrait by Luis Acosta Tejada



Jefferson Pinder 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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