RING THE ALARM…A Conversation with Derrick Adams & Renee Cox - Guild Hall
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RING THE ALARM…A Conversation with Derrick Adams & Renee Cox

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Tuesday, August 25
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States


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The idea for this program came about from discussions on a forthcoming Guild Hall exhibition of Black Artists that Renee Cox will be curating for the summer of 2023. Derrick Adams and Renee Cox, noted artists, colleagues and friends, both have a long history of exhibiting work and curating exhibitions that focus on empowerment, the black experience, and issues of contemporary life.
“The need for open dialogue on art, race and politics felt timely and something that we believe is needed by our community,” notes Christina Strassfield, Museum Director/Chief Curator. We hope to continue this series of conversations next year, leading up to the 2023 Summer exhibition.
  • Derrick Adams Multidisciplinary Artist

    Derrick Adams was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1970. He received his MFA from Columbia University and BFA from Pratt Institute. He is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation’s Studio Program. Adams is a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2019), a Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2018), a Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize (2016), and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2009).   Adams has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including ​Buoyant ​ (2020) at the Hudson River Museum; ​Where I’m from ​ (2019) at The Gallery in Baltimore City Hall; ​Sanctuary (2018) at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; ​Transmission ​ (2018) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; ​Network ​ (2017) at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles; and ​The Channel ​ (2012) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Adams’ work has been presented in important public exhibitions, including ​Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. (2019) ​a 10-city exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Institution​; ​PERFORMA ​ (2015, 2013, and 2005); ​The Shadows Took Shape ​ (2014) and ​Radical Presence ​ (2013–14) at The Studio Museum in Harlem; ​Greater New York ​ (2005) at MoMA PS1; and ​Open House: Working In Brooklyn ​ (2004) at the Brooklyn Museum. His work resides in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

  • Renée Cox

    Renée Cox is a visual artist, working foremost in photography and video. Her work arises at this intersection of history, race theory, and sexuality. In her practice, Cox works to deconstruct stereotypes, engage the viewer and to challenge their preconceived ideas about gender and race. She explores the possibilities of new and affirming self-representations for Black diasporic peoples as a visual corrective to both art history and history writ large—transforming dispossession into self-possession. By deconstructing the Black female body, she reveals the myths behind it.

    Cox began her career as a commercial photographer, working for Condé Nast, and the music and film industries. She turned to fine art after receiving an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1992. Since then, Cox has worked as a visual artist, educator, curator, lecturer, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. The Archives of American Art (Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.) acquired Cox’s personal archive in 2019.

    Renée Cox (b. Colgate, Jamaica) lives and works in Harlem, NY and Amagansett, East Hampton. Her work is included in several institutional collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Princeton Art Museum.


    Photo: Renée Cox

  • Cerebral Women

    Cerebral Women, founded by Guild Hall trustee Phyllis Hollis, is an online marketing platform designed to promote emerging and mid-career artists of color and female artists. The weekly podcast, Cerebral Women Art Talks, is curated to offer art enthusiasts an intellectual journey into the visual art world and provides insights from various artists and the art professionals that feature them. https://www.cerebralwomen.com/about/  Instagram: @cerebral_women

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Media Sponsor: Cerebral Women
All Museum Programming supported in part by The Melville Straus Family Endowment, The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment, Crozier Fine Arts, The Lorenzo and Mary Woodhouse Trust, an anonymous donor, and public funds provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Free admission is generously funded by BNB Bank and Landscape Details.


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