Adrian Piper: A Reader
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Edited by Cornelia Butler and David Platzker. With texts by Diarmuid Costello, Jörg Heiser, Kobena Mercer, Nizan Shaked, Vid Simoniti, and Elvan Zabunyan.
Published for MoMA’s retrospective exhibition and in collaboration with the artist, this volume presents new critical essays that expand on Piper's practice in ways that have been previously under- or unaddressed. Focused texts by established and emerging scholars assess themes in Piper’s work such as the Kantian framework that draws on her extensive philosophical studies; her unique contribution to first-generation conceptual art; the turning point in her work, in the early 1970s, from conceptual works to performance; the connection of her work with her yoga practice; her ongoing exposure of and challenge to xenophobia and sexism; and the relation between prevailing interpretations of her work and the viewers who engender them.
Diarmuid Costello is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and former Chair of the British Society of Aesthetics.
Jörg Heiser is Editor-at-Large of Frieze, Professor of Art Theory, Criticism and Interdisciplinarity and Director of the Institute for Art in Context at Berlin's University of the Arts.
Kobena Mercer is Professor in History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University.
Nizan Shaked is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History, Museum and Curatorial Studies at California State University Long Beach.
Vid Simoniti is the inaugural Jeffrey Rubinoff Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University.
Elvan Zabunyan is an art critic, Professor of Art History and Director of the Curatorial Program at Rennes 2 University, France.
Cornelia Butler is Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. David Platzker is former Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.