Derrick Adams: Sancturary at The Momentary, Bentonville

By May 29, 2021
Detail shot of Derrick Adams, Keep your Head Down and Your Eyes Open, 2018; wood, acrylic paint, fabric. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Installation view of Derrick Adams, Sanctuary at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Derrick Adams, Beacon 5, 2018; concrete, wood, paper, light fixture, 10.875 x 8.75 x 10.625 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York.

From 1936 to 1967, during the Jim Crow era, Black American road-trippers referenced a guidebook, The Negro Motorist Green Book, also known as The Green Book, to identify businesses, including hotels, restaurants, state parks, beauty parlors, and nightclubs, that were nondiscriminatory and welcoming. In Derrick Adams: Sanctuary, this reference material serves as inspiration to reimagine safe destinations for the Black American traveler in an exhibition featuring mixed-media collage and sculpture.

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In his continued exploration of Black refuge and leisure, and during a time when uneven law enforcement continues to negatively shape the experiences of Black Americans, Adams also offers a space to reflect on the importance, and at times political act, of having the freedom to go wherever you want.

from the exhibition text.

Installation view of Derrick Adams, Sanctuary at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Installation view of Derrick Adams, Keep your Head Down and Your Eyes Open, 2018; Wood, acrylic paint, fabric. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.
Derrick Adams, Stay Above The Rest, 2018; Fabric, acrylic paint, wood, and paper on wood panel, 72 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York
Installation view of Derrick Adams, Sanctuary at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo by Ironside Photography / Stephen Ironside.

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary is on view at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas through June 6, 2021.

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