Derrick Adams

Solo exhibition in New York

Museum of Arts and Design2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, USA
25 January – 12 August 2018

“Sanctuary” featuring the works of multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams is slated to be on view beginning of next year at Museum of Arts and Design, New York.


The exhibition includes large-scale sculpture, mixed-media collage, and assemblage on wood panels by the artist. These works re-imagine what were known as safe destinations for the black American traveler during the mid-20th century. Adams drew his inspiration from The Negro Motorist Green Book. The book was an annual guidebook for black American road-trippers published from 1936 to 1966 by Victor Hugo Green, a New York mailman. The designated places marked in the book were places of refuge where one could spend time with friends and family. Adams’ practice is founded on deconstructivist philosophies such as the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface coupled with a combination of complex and improbable forms. It is through these that he examines the effects and impact of popular culture and mass media on constructive self-image.


The Museum of Arts and Design opened its doors to the public in 1956 as the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. Spearheaded by the vision of philanthropist and craft patron Aileen Osborn Webb the museum organized exhibitions based on materials and techniques associated with craft disciplines. From its early days, the museum has celebrated the significance and role of craftsmanship in society. It also promoted emerging artists and linked art to industry. MAD shifted to the Jerome and Simona Chazen Building, its 54,000-square-foot home at Columbus Circle in 2008. It is the only museum with a gallery solely dedicated to contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry.