Donelle Woolford: Dick’s Last Stand

A reenactment of a stand-up by Richard Pryor realized on the occasion of the 2014 Whitney Biennial
February 6, 2014 7:00 pm
Wattis Institute
360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets), SF, 94103

Free and open to the public
More info:, 415.355.9670

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present Dick’s Last Stand, a performance by New York-based artist Donelle Woolford.

Woolford’s cathartic new body of work chronicles the place of honor afforded the male sex organ in American art and politics, and continues the oral tradition of phallic humor and innuendo in popular culture.

Through the picaresque adventures of a character named Richard (aka Dick), Dick’s Last Stand is a 40-minute reenactment of the stand-up routine that Richard Pryor performed in 1977 for the last episode of his short-lived television show.

The routine is a subversive work of deconstruction and social commentary that, by Pryor’s design, was censored from the final NBC broadcast. Consequently, Pryor’s stand-up has only ever been experienced by the 75+ persons who were in the live studio audience that night.

Thus, Dick’s Last Stand honors Pryor’s brash political humor and marks its return to the live stage, where its allegories on race, conformity, representation, and subterfuge are as painfully hilarious as ever.

The performance is realized in cooperation with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as part of the 2014 Biennial. This edition of the Biennial -- the country’s best-known survey of the latest developments in American art -- will take place March 7–May 25, 2014.

Visit for more information about the exhibition including tour dates of Dick’s Last Stand.

About Donelle Woolford

Donelle Woolford lives and works in Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Philadelphia, London, and Vienna. She has participated in the exhibitions Double Agent at the ICA London; The 8th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates; and Buy American at Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris.

Her performances have been staged at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton; The Suburban, Chicago; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. She is represented by Wallspace, New York, and Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the CCA Wattis Institute Curator’s Forum.