Rebuild Foundation presents Future People, a multidisciplinary solo exhibition by Derrick Adams featuring large scale works on paper, video animation, sculpture installation, and live DJ sets. Inspired by Sun Ra’s Space Is the Place documentary, Star Trek, and Afrofuturism, Future People imagines the future as a place of discovery and adventure, fusing elements of science fiction, African- American narrative, and contemporary culture. The exhibition will draw on Stony Island Arts Bank’s extensive archive—including the Johnson Publishing Archive + Collections, University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides, Edward J. Williams Collection of “negrobilia,” and the vinyl collection of the late Frankie Knuckles—with a focus on black culture’s longstanding engagement with futurism.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the artist will also present public programming including film screenings, conversations, and entertainment that activates the installation as a space for social engagement. Future People opens to the public on June 6, 2017 in the Main Gallery of the Stony Island Arts Bank. The exhibition continues through September 18, 2017 with an Artist Talk with Derrick Adams on June 7, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, RSVP is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artist-talk-with-derrick- adams-tickets-34756052288
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. Adams received his MFA from Columbia University in New York and BFA in Art & Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize. Exhibitions include Studio Museum in Harlem, PS1 MoMA, Bowery Poetry Club and Performa Hub, New York.