This is Not a Drill, Jefferson Pinder

Date / Time

February 26, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As a participating venue in this year 2019 IN>TIME Festival, Gallery 400 hosts an in-progress presentation by the artist Jefferson Pinder on his project This is Not a Drill. In this project, Pinder trainsa team of performers to venture into the deep south during Summer 2019. Taking inspiration from Goat Island’s How dear to me the hour when daylight dies, he aggressively prepares black bodies for stylized militancy in the face of history and white nationalism.

About the Artist

Jefferson Pinder’s work provokes commentary about race and struggle. Focusing primarily with neon, found objects, and video, Pinder investigates identity through the most dynamic circumstances and materials. From uncanny video portraits associated with popular music to durational work that puts the black body in motion, his work examines physical conditioning that reveals an emotional response.  His work has been featured in numerous group and solo shows including exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Phillips Collection, and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.


IN>TIME is Chicago’s triannual winter-long performance festival. The IN>TIME Festival features a season of performances, presentations, and exhibitions at venues throughout the city from local, national, and international artists.


Gallery 400 is located on the first level of the Art & Exhibition Hall building and is accessible by a set of stairs with a railing, or by elevator. For more accessibility information and to request services, visit or contact Megan at 312-996-6114.

Image: Jefferson Pinder (with Lionz of Zion), Dark Matter performance at the Philips Collection, 2016, courtesy the artist. Image by Pablo VanWinkle

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