Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist working in performance, video, sound and 2D and 3D realms. His practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self image and forward projection. A recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and 2014 S.J. Weiler Award, Adams received his MFA from Columbia University, BFA from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alum. His exhibition and performance highlights include: Greater New York ’05, MoMA PS1; Open House: Working In Brooklyn ’04, Brooklyn Museum of Art; PERFORMA ‘05, ‘13, ‘15; Radical Presence & The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem; The Channel, Brooklyn Academy of Music; and is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. His work can be seen in New York at Tilton Gallery; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Gallerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris; and Vigo Gallery, London.

Derrick Adams
New York, 1970

Past Exhibitions

Derrick Adams: Interior Life

Luxembourg & Dayan New York
26/02/2019 — 20/04/2019

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary

Museum of Arts & Design – MAD
25/01/2018 — 12/08/2018

Derrick Adams: Black White and Brown

05/12/2017 — 28/02/2018


David Castillo Gallery
28/11/2016 — 31/01/2017

Solo Shows

Derrick Adams, Sanctuary, MAD, New York

PRIMARY, Miami, Derrick Adams | Black White and Brown
UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, Repose
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Derrick Adams: Patrick Kelly, The Journey
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Derrick Adams: Tell Me Something Good

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Group Exhibition: Rhona Hoffman 40 Years, Part 1

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Brooklyn, Rush20: 1995-2015
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Young, Gifted and Black
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, EXPO CHICAGO
Lower East Side Printshop, New York, EDITIONS ’15

Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Derrick Adams: Borough

Group Shows

Prospect.4, Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Maker, Maker, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY
Unobstructed Views, Hawkins Ferry House in partnership with Library Street Collective and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
Lines of Influence, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Third Space /Shifting Conversations about Contemporary Art, curated by Wassan Al-Khudhair, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

Baltimore Rising, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
FLAT SCREEN, SPLIT SCREEN, SMOKE SCREEN, Barbara Walters Gallery, Heimbold Arts Center, Sarah Lawrence College, New York, NY
40 Years, Part 1, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Experiments in Print: Derrick Adams, Matthew Day Jackson, Dread Scott & Kate Shepherd, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Black Pulp, Yale School of Art, 32 Edgewood Gallery, New Haven, CT
Tete-a-Tete, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

Us Is Them, Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
Young, Gifted and Black, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
All Killer No Filler, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

Retreat, Richard Gray Gallery and Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, IL
Szalon, Logan Center, Chicago, IL
RELEVANCE: Perspectives of the African American Experience, Quintenz Gallery, Aspen, CO
Black Eye, Concept NV, New York, NY
Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract, Part II: Hard Edges/Soft Curves, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

Contacts & Details

City of birth: New York Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: New York, USA