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Adam Linder

Artist Talk: Adam Linder

October 2020, pre-recorded talk

Choreographer Adam Linder discusses his practice, the significance of working in MoMA’s new grey space and his reflections on dance in the museum in a conversation with freelance curator, Bree Richards.

Adam Linder works between Los Angeles and Berlin. His dances are often presented in theatre and exhibition contexts, and stretch choreographies into formats of text, costuming, service provision and opera. Full Service, a survey of his Choreographic Services No. 1–5 was presented by the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco in 2018 and travelled to Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg in 2019. In 2020, Linder’s solo exhibition, Shelf Life, was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Linder's other recent solo or two-person shows have been presented at South London Gallery, 2018; Kunsthalle Basel, 2017; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, 2016; and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2015. His works have additionally been commissioned, presented or hired by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto; Kampnagel, Hamburg; Sadler’s Wells, London; 356 Mission, Los Angeles; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, among others.

Linder participated in the 20th Biennale of Sydney, 2016; Liverpool Biennial 2016; and Made in L.A. 2016, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, for which he was awarded the Mohn Award for artistic excellence. The award included the publication of Who Is Surfing Who, a monograph regarding Linder’s stage works.

Image: Adam Linder, Shelf Life, 2020. Installation view, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Denis Doorly