African heritage and American nationalism are central to the conversations taking place in Derrick Adams’ work. Multimedia and performative works host his dissections of popular culture, consumerism, sitcom nostalgia and 90s infomercials.
Adams received his MFA from Columbia University and his BFA from Pratt Institute, New York, and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School and Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. Selected solo exhibitions include ON, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2016) and Crossroad: A Social Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (2016). He has previously performed at MoMA PS1; Performa 05 and Performa 13 and the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Adams’ work is held in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama. He is the recipient of several awards including the S.J. Weiler Fund Award (2014), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2009) and the Agnes Martin Fellowship (2001–03).