African heritage and American nationalism are central to the conversations taking place in Derrick Adams’ work. Rooted in how outside influences impact the construction of self-image and personhood, Adams dissects popular culture, consumerism, sitcom nostalgia and ‘90s infomercials through multidisciplinary forms. His practice further explores the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface.
Adams’ work is held in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York among others. He is also the recipient of the S.J. Weiler Fund Award (2014), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2009) and the Agnes Martin Fellowship (2001–03). Adams’ 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, Performa 13 and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.