About the artist

Derrick Adams CV



Columbia University, New York NY. MFA 2003

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY. BFA 1996                        




Studio Museum, Harlem | satellite show at the Countee Cullen Library, New York

Patrick Kelly, The Journey

May 3, 2017 - Oct 20, 2017


City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia

Public Mural: Your Own Channel

09 May 2017


California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA


March 2 - June 11, 2017


Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago IL. 

Derrick Adams:Tell Me Something Good

24 February 2017 - 15 April 2017



Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Art Basel Miami Beach


Vigo Gallery, London UK



The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY

Finding Derrick 6 to 8 (performance)


Pioneer Works, Brooklyn NY

ON (installation and performance)


Project for Empty Space, Newark NJ

Culture Club


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Crossroad: A Social Sculpture (installation and performance)


Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris France

Black and White and In Color




PERFORMA ’15, New York NY

Pablo Fanque’s Circus Royal/SIDESHOW (performance)


Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark NJ

The Holdout (installation and performance)


Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham AL

The Entertainer: Static | Distortion | Interference (performance)




Jack Tilton Gallery, New York NY



Logan Center, Chicago IL

The Entertainer: Static | Distortion | Interference (performance)


T Magazine at Villa Necchi-Campiglio, Milan Italy

Derrick Adams (solo video installation) (curator: Francesco Bonami)


Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago IL





Hales Gallery, London UK

Aestheticized Reductions of Self-Representation


Performa ’13 (Salon 94) New York NY

Once Upon a Time. (performance) (commissioned by the Calder Foundation)


Performa ’13, Performa Hub, New York NY

The Institute of Me (performance)


Louis B. James Gallery, New York NY

In the Company of Others


80WSE Gallery, New York University, New York NY

DISPLAY: Cloaked In The Proprieties Of The Culture Game


Galerie Anne De Villepoix, Paris France

Becoming One With Your Environment




BAM Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn NY

The Channel (performance)


Proposition Gallery, New York NY

Hillman U. - A Dream Deferred, A Dream Fulfilled


Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston MA

The World According to Derrick (curator: Nuit Banai)


Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

Communicating with Shadows (performance) (organized by: Thomas Lax)


Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington VT

Man As His Element


Jack Tilton Gallery, New York NY

Deconstruction Worker




Third Streaming, New York NY

Feed Them With A Long Spoon (installation and performance)


The Kitchen, New York NY

Go Stand Next to the Mountain (performance) (curator: Rashida Bumbray)


Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York NY

Welcome to Monument City




Collette Blanchard Gallery, NADA, Miami Beach FL

Introduction to Bizarro Wiz (installation and performance)

(Le Jardin Theatre, Deauville Beach Resort)




Momenta Arts, Brooklyn NY

Sometimes I Just Don’t Feel Like Myself (installation and performance)




PERFORMA ’05, Participant Inc, New York NY

Anew (performance)


Marvelli Gallery, New York NY

I’m Sorry, I’m Lost


Participant Inc, New York NY

I’m Smoke; You’re Mirror (installation and performance)




Triple Candie (Project Space), New York NY

Me and My Imaginary Friends (installation and performance)




Jack Tilton Gallery, New York NY

The Big Getaway





Tilton Gallery

Art Basel Miami Beach


Interview Magazine / REVOLT Art Basel

Art Basel Short Film program: Best Dressed Chicken in Town Saturday Soundscape Park.

tete-a-tete, David Castillo Gallery, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 (November 28, 2016 - January 31, 2017).


International Print Center, New York NY

Black Pulp


Cargo Collective, Chicago IL

Messages in the Street


Fort Gansevoort, New York NY

March Madness (curated by Hank Willis Thomas)


Aperture Foundation, New York NY

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête


The Print Center, Philadelphia PA

Experiments in Print: Derrick Adams, Matthew Day Jackson, Dread Scott & Kate Shepherd


Yale School of Art, 32 Edgewood Gallery, New Haven CT

Black Pulp




Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Young, Gifted and Black (curator: Hank Willis Thomas)


Pizzuti Collection, Columbus OH

Us Is Them


Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton NY

All Killer No Filler


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts CA

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art


Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz NY

Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction




Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago IL

Retreat (organized by Theaster Gates)


Logan Center, Chicago IL



Quintenz Gallery, Aspen CO

RELEVANCE: Perspectives of the African American Experience


Concept NV, New York NY

Black Eye


Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art


The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston TX

Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract, Part II: Hard Edges/Soft Curves




Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

Radical Presence


Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

The Shadows Took Shape


Museum of Modern Art, New York NY 

Reading List: Artists’S elections from the MoMA Library Collection


QF Gallery, East Hampton NY

Tete-a-Tete (curator: Mickalene Thomas)


The James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Baltimore MD

Reloading the Canon: African Traditions in Contemporary Art




The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston TX

Radical Presence; Black Performance In Contemporary Art


Dodge Gallery, New York NY

Bigger Than Shadows


Lehmann Maupin Gallery,  New York NY

Friends With Benefits


Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York NY

Tete-a-Tete (curator: Mickalene Thomas)


Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles CA

The Road Ahead


Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris France

Summer Group Show


Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New NY

Pratt Alumni Painters


Centro Experimental De Los Artes Visuales, Havana Cuba

Sonando en Color, Havana Biennial


Contemporary Wing, Washington DC

Next Generation: Selections by Artists in the 30 Americans Collection


Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago IL

Tete-a-Tete (curator: Mickalene Thomas)


PS1 MoMa, Long Island City NY

Sunday Sessions (performance: The Entertainer: Static | Distortion | Interference)

(organized by Clifford Owens)


C24 Gallery, New York NY

Campaign (curator: Amy Smith-Stewart)



Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

The Bearden Project


Ogilvy & Mather,  New York NY

The February Show (curators: Jun Lee and Heather Hart)



Third Streaming, New York NY

Bite: Street Inspired Art + Fashion


Sue Scott Gallery, New York NY

Lush Life: Chapter One: Whistle (curators: Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud)


Higher Pictures, New York NY

50 Artists Photograph the Future


Bowery Poetry Club, New York NY

Dissecting Intersections: Performative Responses (curator: John Sims)



Precarity and The Butter Tower (curator: Jackie Gendel and Tom McGrath)


Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art, New York NY

NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition (curator: Keith Mayerson)



BRIC Arts, Brooklyn NY

Revelatory Tension


Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

Harlem Postcards



Moti Hasson Gallery, New York NY

Untitled (On Paper)


Red House Arts Center, Syracuse NY

Bedtime Stories


Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York NY

1968: Then and Now (curator: Deborah Willis)


Ingalls & Associates, Miami FL

Casa de Carton (curator: William Cordova)



Derek Eller Gallery, New York NY

Neo Integrity (curator: Keith Mayerson)


Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles CA

Dream of Today (curator: Amy Smith-Stewart)


University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Taking Possession


Memphis College of Art, Memphis TN  

Reasons to Riot



Taxter & Spengemann, New York NY

Invade My Dreams (curator: Kalup Linzy)


MoCADA, Brooklyn NY            

The Pulse of New Brooklyn



Alona Kagan Gallery, New York NY

If You’re Feeling Sinister


MoMA PS1, Long Island City NY

Greater New York 2005


Tilton Gallery, New York NY

Jack Tilton Inaugural Exhibition



Wall Street Rising / Deutsche Bank, New York NY

Art Downtown: Connecting Collections


Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Boca Raton FL

Me, Myself & I  (curators: Renee Riccardo & Paul Laster)


Samson Projects, Boston MA

Notorious Impropriety


Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn NY

Open House: Working in Brooklyn



Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

24/7: Wilno – Nueva York (Visa Para)


Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York NY

Confrontation or Commentary


Roebling Hall – Satellite, New York NY

Summer Jam (curator: Franklin Sirmans)


Lisa Kirk Projects, New York NY



Massimo Audiello, New York NY

Adams, Cerrillo, Perkins


Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

Veni Vidi Video


Centenary Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK

Urbanites: New York, London, Tokyo



Triple Candie, New York NY                




Manhattan Borough President’s Office, New York NY

Striking Blows



2014    S.J. Weiler Fund Award, New York NY

2012    The Hermitage Artists Retreat, Englewood FL

2011    William H. Johnson Prize (Honored Finalist), Los Angeles CA

2010    The Fountainhead Residency, Miami FL

2009    Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, New York NY

2003-4 Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, New York NY

(f/k/a: Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation)

2002    Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture, Skowhegan ME  

2001-3 Agnes Martin Fellowship



The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Progressive Insurance, Mayfield OH

JP Morgan Chase, New York


Interview Magazine, Derrick Adams Cultural Collage

Derrick Adams: Studio Museum awards Derrick Adams $50,000 prize

Blouin Art Info: Derrick Adams’ ‘Float’ at the Vigo gallery, London

Rain Embuscado, Eileen Kinsella. “People: 10 Disruptors Who Are Completely Changing the Art World.” artnet news Oct 24, 2016

Peter Tonguette. “The ‘Wow’ Factor: Primary Colors Compel Close Examination of Works by Two Artists.” The Columbus Dispatch September 18, 2016 

Michael Anderson. “Derrick Adams, Fred Tomaselli and Michael Anderson in Conversation at Jack Tilton Gallery” White Hot Magazine August 2016

Kristiano Ang. “A Brooklyn Artist Finds Inspiration Close to Home” The Wall Street Journal July 5, 2016

Diana McClure. “Media Critique is Art at Pioneer Works Show” Red Hook Star July 2016

Tehsuan Glover. Arts & Entertainment: “If You Haven’t Seen Derrick Adams’ Culture Club Exhibition...See It...Now” The Newark Times June 17, 2016

Priscilla Frank. Entertainment: “Artist Explores The Vibrant, Complex History Of Blackness On Television” Huffington Post June 16, 2016

The Editors of ARTnews. Pictures at an Exhibition: “Derrick Adams at Pioneer Works” Artnews June 15, 2016

Beckett Mufson. “Busted TVs Conjure Broken African American Stereotypes” Vice: The Creators Project June 14, 2016

Gary Pini. “8 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week” Paper Magazine June 9, 2016

Julie Baumgardner.  Art: “An Art Show Inspired by Infomercials — and One Famous TV Psychic” New York Times T Magazine. June 8, 2016

Tess Thackara. Editorial: “At Pioneer Works, Derrick Adams Takes Characters out of the TV Screen and into Real Life” Artsy June 8, 2016

Howard Halle. Critic’s Picks: “The best free art exhibitions in NYC” Time Out New York June 8, 2016

Kathleen Massara. Art World: “Editors’ Picks: 10 Art Events to See in New York This Week” Artnet News June 6, 2016

Jason Parham. “Derrick Adams Would Like To Take You On A Detour” The Fader June 2016

Ann Binlot. “Artist Derrick Adams Sends A Taste of Summertime To New Jersey’s Penn Station” Forbes May 29, 2016

Sarah Cascone. The Week in Art: “Derrick Adams, Culture Club” Artnet News May 21, 2016

Haley Weiss. Art: “Derrick Adams’ Cultural Collage” Interview Magazine May 4, 2016

Melinda Kozel. Art: “Memories R US” The Reader February 28, 2016

Rain Embuscado. Exhibitions: “10 Black Artists to Celebrate in 2016” Artnet News February 13, 2016

Gabrielle Bruney. “Collages Contrast Black TV Representation and Reality” The Creators Project January 31, 2016

Andrew Stellmon. “Bemis Center seeks guest deejays for upcoming Crossroad Radio installation” Hear Nebraska January 20, 2016

Antwaun Sargent. “Britain’s First Black Circus Gets a Live Radio Art Tribute” The Creators Project Nov 30, 2015

Paul Laster. Culture: “14 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before November 6” Observer November 2, 2015

Garth Bishop. “New Directions: Alternative angles on familiar themes are mixed-media artist’s bread and butter.” City Scene (Columbus OH) Arts, Entertainment & Style Magazine Sept/Oct 2015

Hank Willis Thomas, Tyran Steward. “Us Is Them.” Columbus OH: Pizzuti Collection, 2015

Faheem Haider. “Politics Camouflaged as Ornamental Abstraction.” Museums. Hyperallergic.com. April 9, 2015

Fayemi Shakur. “Derrick Adams Brings A Practical Edge to Conceptual Art.” International Review of African American Art. April, 2015

Peter ‘Souleo’ Wright. “On the ‘A’ w/Souleo: Derrick Adams Merges Radio and Art with a Focus on Community.” Huffington Post, March, 2015

Solveig Ovstebo. News: “Chicago’s Best 2014.” Art in America. Dec. 23, 2014

Abbe Schriber. Critics’ Picks: “Derrick Adams.” Artforum Oct 14, 2014

Valérie Duponchelle and Béatrice De Rochebouet. “La Fiac à l’heure de la surenchère.” Le Figaro Oct. 22, 2014

Roberta Smith. Art in Review: “Derrick Adams: Live and in Color.” The New York Times. Oct 10, 2014

Marcia G. Yerman. Arts & Culture: “A Conversation with Derrick Adams.” Huffington Post Oct 10, 2014

Dawn Chan. On View | A Group Show in TriBeCa Explores Black Identity Today.  T Magazine. May 1, 2014.

T Magazine. About Last Night | T’s Toast to Salone.  T Magazine. April 8, 2014.

Holland Cotter.  Art Review: “Going Beyond Blackness, Into the Starry Skies: The Shadows Took Shape, at the Studio Museum in Harlem.”  The New York Times.  Nov. 14, 2013.

Valerie Cassel Oliver. “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. 2013.

Sola Augustsson. “Performa 13: Once Upon a Time… by Derrick Adams.”  Whitewall Magazine. Nov 8, 2013.

Erik Martiny. “Derrick Adams ‘Becoming One With Your Environment’ In Paris.” Whitewall Magazine. May 10, 2013. http://whitewallmag.com/all/art/derrick-adams-becoming-one-with-your-environment-in-paris

Ken Gonzales-Day, Jeffreen Hayes, Sheri Parks. “Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham.”

The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland. 2013

Gregory Williams. “Derrick Adams.” Artforum. November 2012.

Clifford Owens. “Anthology.” MoMA PS1.  2012.

Larry Ossei-Mensah. “Derrick Adams.”  Whitewall Magazine. Issue 27. Fall 2012.

Cate McQuaid. “Off-the-Wall Social Expectations.” The Boston Globe. August 14, 2012.

Holland Carter. “Art in Review: Tete-a-Tete.” The New York Times. August 9, 2012.

Goings on About Town: Art. “Tete-a-Tete” The New Yorker July 26, 2012

Jonathan Metzelaar. “Spotlite: Deconstructing Derrick.” PMC Magazine. March 2012.

Shane McAdams. “Inside Out: Derrick Adams.” ArtVoices Magazine. February 2012.

Bobby Elliott. “The Bearden Project: A Family Affair” HuffingtonPost.com Decmber 7, 2011.

Holland Cotter. “Art Review: Lower East Side Tale, Refracted Nine Times” New York Times. July 8, 2010.

Holland Cotter. “Art in Review: 50 Artists Photograph the Future” New York Times. May 27, 2010.

Charlie Finch. “Bricktop” Artnet.com  Feb 2010

Myrtis Bedolla. “Art Basel ‘09” The International Review of African American Art. Vol. 23, No. 1, 2010.

Holland Cotter. “United Black Girls”  New York Times. March 30, 2007.

McLean Jackson.  “Derrick Adams”  Mass Appeal Magazine  Issue 38, 2006.

Michelle Yun.  “Derrick Adams” PS1/MoMA Greater New York Book 2005.

Soraya Murray; Derek Conrad Murray. “A Rising Generation & The Pleasures of Freedom” International Review of African American Art  Volume 20, Number 2. 2005.

Molly Kleiman.  “People Sticking Their Heads in Things” NY Arts Magazine  Sept/Oct 2005

Carly Berwick. “Where the Scenes Are – Greater New York’s new art geography” New York Magazine 7 Mar. 2005.

Ali Subotnick, Massimiliano Gioni, Maurizio Cattelan.  “Everybody Was There – The Wrong Guide to New York in 2004.”  Artforum  Dec. 2004.         

Holland Cotter.  “Art in Review: Charles Gaines.”  New York Times  30 Apr. 2004.

Nuit Banai.  “Art: Youth Maneuvers”  One World  Feb/Mar. 2004.

Holland Cotter.  “Art Guide: Last Chance.”  New York Times  3 Oct. 2003.

Liutauras Psibilskis.  “Critics' Picks: Vilnius”  Artforum.com  Sep. 2003.

Ken Johnson.  “Art in Review: From Mouse Ears to Poetic Pop...”  New York Times  2 Feb. 2002


selected works

Floater No. 24 (pretzel)
Floater 61
Floater 62
Floater 73
Ebony Fashion Fair #1
Orbiting Us #8

current exhibitions

8 June – 26 August 2018

Derrick Adams


25 January – 12 August 2018

Derrick Adams


past exhibitions

6 June – 18 September 2017

Derrick Adams

Future People

18 November – 17 December 2016

Derrick Adams


Vigo Gallery

selected press/news

Derrick Adams

Showing in New York

Figures in the Urban Landscape
8 November 2017 – 6 January 2018

Derrick Adams

Artforum review

The Studio Museum, Harlem
3 May 2017 – 23 February 2018


Derrick Adams

VoCA Talk: Derrick Adams 'Future People' at Stoney Island Arts Bank, 2017

Derrick Adams

Go Stand Next to the Mountain

Video interludes

Derrick Adams

'The Entertainer' Performance at MoMa PS1, 2012 (excerpt)


2017Acrylic paint and fabric collage on paper127 x 127 cm / 50 x 50 in

Floater No. 24 (pretzel)

2016Acrylic paint and fabric collage on paper127 x 127 cm / 50 x 50 in

Floater 61

2017Acrylic paint on paper131 x 131 cm / 51 5/8 x 51 5/8 in


2017Acrylic paint and fabric collage on paper127 x 127 cm / 50 x 50 in

Floater 62

2017acrylic paint on paper131 x 131 cm / 51 5/8 x 51 5/8 in

Floater 73

2018Acrylic paint, pencil, fabric collage and archival glue on paper 137.2 x 193 cm / 54 x 76 in

Ebony Fashion Fair #1

2017Mixed media collage on paper152.4 x 101.6 cm / 60 x 40 in

Orbiting Us #8

2017121.9 x 121.9 cm / 48 x 48 in


2017Acrylic paint and fabric collage on paper127 x 127 cm / 50 x 50 in