Derrick Adams is having a very good year and getting the attention that he deserves.
Adams is currently having his first major show in the UK. Derrick Adams: Transformers, on exhibit at the Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery in London, explores the way in which black women empower themselves through dress and style.
Many of the works in the exhibit were inspired by the displays that Adams has seen in the beauty supply stores, wig shops and braiding and nail salons in his Brooklyn neighborhood.
Derrick Adams: Transformers will be on exhibit at Luxembourg & Dayan through April 4, 2020.
Adams work is also on display at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York. Derrick Adams: Buoyant explores the joyful, social side of Black life in America. “Sometimes a normal social gathering,” Adams says, “can represent a radical space. I’m often inspired by the people around me at parties, and how they are making important changes to society. You can go to a social event and still get things accomplished.”
Derrick Adams: Buoyant will be on exhibit through June 14, 2020.
Adams has also played an integral part in the current nation-wide tour of the work of Jacob Lawrence, one of this country’s most important African-American artists.
In 1954, Jacob Lawrence began a series of paintings that depict the history of the American people. He painted thirty panels over a two-year period. The paintings were dispersed, and now, after more than sixty years, most have been located and will travel to major venues around the country. Struggle: From the History of the American People will be on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts through April 26. The show will then travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, the Seattle Art Museum and the Phillips Collection in Washington.
Jacob Lawrence had a profound effect on Derrick Adams, who has contributed to the exhibition with an installation he created after sifting through Lawrence’s archives. Adams created an imaginary studio, filled with photographs never before shown publicly.
Derrick Adams works are part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.
The Work of Derrick Adams at VFA
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Naomi Rea. See How Rising-Star Painter Derrick Adams Explores Black Feminine Identity in His First Exhibition at Luxembourg & Dayan. artnetnews. February 14, 2020.
Kevin RInker. City Lights: Maestro Thomas Søndergård; Derrick Adams At SCAD FASH; And More. NPR All THings Considered. February 28, 2020.
Poppy Malby. Derrick Adams on the empowerment of black femininity. GQ Magazine. February 8, 2020.