David C. Driskell Center


Dark Matter(s) 2014 – 2015

During the past couple of years in which identity politics have taken center stage, multimedia artist Jefferson Pinder examines the 21st–century social conflicts through break dancing. Working with the international b–boy crew Lionz of Zion, Pinder directs a performance that wrestles with the nature of violence and control. The performance unfolds contemporary uprisings and the forces that seek to control them. Dark Matter(s) is organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of African America Art and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland in collaboration with The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Dark Matter(s)

Friday, September 11, 2015
The David C. Driskell Center

1207 Cole Student Activities Building. University of Maryland, College Park

Performance is followed by a conversation with the artist and dancers
Friday’s performance is supported by the David C. Driskell Center, the College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park

Space is very limited.
RSVP by September 8, 2015
contact by email driskellcenter@umd.edu or by phone 301.314.2615

Parking is available at meters or at the Union Lane Garage adjacent to
Cole Student Activities Building. Free parking at lot 1 after 4PM

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Dupont Circle,
in conjunction with The Phillips Collection

Saturday’s performance is sponsored by the CrossCurrent Foundation


Jefferson Pinder, a Chicago based multimedia artist, seeks to find black identity through the most dynamic circumstances. His experimental videos and films feature minimal performances that reference music videos and physical theatre. Pinder’s work provides personal and social commentary in accessible and familiar format. Inspired by soundtracks, Pinder utilizes hypnotic popular music and surreal performances to underscore themes dealing with Afro–Futurism, physical endurance and blackness.