Adrian Piper – Solo Exhibition

Lévy Gorvy, New York , United States
14 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017

Adrian Piper, Mythic Being (I Embody Everything You Most Hate and Fear), 1975. Gelatin silver print photograph altered with oil crayon. 9.96" x 8.30" (25.3 cm x 2.1 cm). Collection of Thomas Erben, New York. © Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin

Lévy Gorvy will present its first solo exhibition with acclaimed Conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper, opening on September 14th.

This focused presentation will include examples from the Mythic Being series (1973–1975), It’s Just Art (1980), and Here, an installation work conceived in 2008 and realized for the first time at the gallery’s New York location. Together, these three bodies of work delve into interrelated themes Piper has explored throughout her career—the intersubjective formation of self, identity, race and gender; racism, sexism, xenophobia, and competing conceptions of political responsibility.

Over the course of six decades, Piper has tirelessly denaturalized cultural norms of visibility and communication, subjecting them to a trenchant, and potentially transformative, critique. This exhibition comprises a multimedia zone for acts of looking and being looked at, of identifying and being identified, to unfold in the here-and-now of what Piper terms “the indexical present.”

Adrian Piper (b. 1948) is a first-generation Conceptual artist who started exhibiting her artwork internationally at the age of twenty and received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University in 1981. She taught philosophy for 30 years. Her two- volume study in Kantian metaethics, Rationality and the Structure of the Self (2013) integrates desire into reason and standard decision theory into classical predicate logic. Her mixed media installation, The Probable Trust Registry, won the Golden Lion Award for Best Artist at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Piper’s seventh traveling retrospective, Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965-2016, will open at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in March 2018.


Opening Reception: September 14, 6 – 8 p.m.




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