Derrick Adams Artist's Talk


Holiday Event Center
2644 West 32nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
United States

Derrick Adams, named by Culture Magazine as the “hardest working artist in America,” speaks about his exhibition, Transmission. Derrick is joined by friend and fan Antwaun Sargent, a Brooklyn based writer, activist, art critic, and badass. Sargent has written for Vogue, Vice, the New Yorker, Interview Magazine, Hyperallergic, Forbes, and more.

$10 Members & Students | $15 Nonmembers 

Bio: Adams offers a future that fuses sci-fi elements with historically significant objects from his close study of the archives at Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank. The archives there preserve the Johnson Publishing Archive, and the Edward Williams’ collection of negrobilia (mass cultural objects depicting stereotypical images of black people), as well as Frankie Knuckles’ record collection. Adams’ approach to artmaking is at once generous and inviting, and though it is often inspired by real world objects, he takes a much more handmade approach to his artmaking. As he notes, “I like materials with a physical appearance. Imagination is in everyone, and if you can envision things and not worry about high production, you can do more and affect people in a way that’s equally relevant and impactful.”

Derrick Adams was born in 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His multi-disciplinary practice includes performance, video, sound, collage, and sculpture. 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. Recent exhibitions 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; and The Channel, Brooklyn Academy of Music. His work 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.

image: Ray Llanos


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please park in the North High School Lot, or find a street spot.

What if I'm really really thirsty before the event?

A selection of drinks will be available to purchase prior to the talk. Please note that drinks are not allowed in the theater and must be finished in the lobby.

Can I check out the exhibition at MCA Denver?

Yes! Show your artist talk ticket at the MCA Denver front desk and get in for free! Valid 7day before and after the talk.