May 1, 2004 - Dak'Art - The United States Participation In Dak’art 2004 The Biennale Of Contemporary African Art
May 1, 2004

The United States Participation In Dak’art 2004 The Biennale Of Contemporary African Art

David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z
3 X 3: THREE ARTISTS/THREE PROJECTS: The United States Participation In Dak’art 2004

07 May – 07 June 2004

The Biennale Of Contemporary African Art

Official Opening of Dak’Art, May 7, 2004

Curated By Salah M. Hassan And Cheryl Finley

Artists David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Pamela Z will represent the United States at Dak’Art 2004, the 6th Biennale which opens on May 7 and runs through June 7, 2004. Entitled 3X3: Three Artists/Three Projects, this exhibition is curated by Salah M. Hassan, Chair of the Department of History of Art, and Cheryl Finley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Africana Studies, both at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

At the invitation of the curators, the 3X3 artists will realize interventions in different venues throughout the city of Dakar, thus working beyond the typical white cube approach to presentation. The projects will be both site specific and performance based. Although the selected artists work in diverse media and genres, they share a conceptualist approach to art making.

The 3×3 project for Dak’Art will be a presentation of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, and will be presented as part of the Dak’Art Off and International Representations program.
David Hammons’s work for the 3×3 project entitled Dak’Art 2004 Sheep Raffle will be a site-specific, performance-based work in which Hammons will raffle off one sheep to the people of Dakar each day.

Cuban-American artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’s, Threads of Memory, will incorporate new elements to her work Mil maneras para decir adios, a five-screen video installation recently conceived and exhibited in Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, Norway in 2003. The new piece will be adapted to take place in a converted textile factory.
Pamela Z will perform An Evening of Works for Voice, Electronics and Video at the Theatre National Daniel Sorano on the opening night of Dak’Art 2004 and will introduce her new sound installation entitled Just Dust which will be on view at the historic Maison des Esclaves on Goree Island for the duration of the Biennale.

Program Notes:

A Plenary Panel, entitled “Mega Exhibitions: Globalization and Contemporary Art,” featuring Okwui Enwezor and Thelma Golden, will take place on May 9, 2004, focusing on the culture and politics of contemporary international art exhibitions and biennales. Okwui Enwezor, former Director of Documenta XI, will deliver a keynote address to which Thelma Golden, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, will respond.
On May 10, 2004, artists, art critics and scholars will meet for a symposium to discuss the work of exhibiting artists and their relationship to cultural production in the West and in Africa. This panel discussion will feature Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons in conversation with Sally Berger, Assistant Curator of Film at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Selene Wendt, Curator, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway. Pamela Z will be in conversation with George E. Lewis, musician and computer/installation artist, and Edwin H. Chase, Professor of music at Columbia University, New York. Stanley Whitney, Professor of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Rome, will discuss with Joseph Lewis III, Dean of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Also on May 10, 2004, will be the premiere of Conakry Kas, Manthia Diawara’s latest documentary on the intellectual scene in Conakry, Guinea-Conakry after the cultural revolution.
On May 11, 2004, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons will give a slide-illustrated lecture at the Ecole Nationale des Arts and discuss with artist Stanley Whitney. Her talk will draw parallels between the traditional mediums of painting, printmaking and sculpture, and the contemporary practices of installation, video and performance.

All events are subject to change. A complete and current schedule of events and participants is available as a separate document or at

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