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Salon Series: Celebrating Art and Food with Derrick Adams and Marcus

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | January 7, 2014

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Derrick Adams’ Head #14 (Photo Courtesy of the Artist)

You’re invited to a one-of-a-kind salon on Wednesday, January  15th at 7pm for an intimate dinner and conversation with Marcus Samuelsson and artist Derrick Adams. The New York-based artist, who graduated from Columbia and Pratt Universities, will be our honored guest at Ginny’s Supper Club to discuss topics focusing on the conversation between art and food. If his art seems familiar, it’s because many of his pieces have been featured at Red Rooster and last week Derrick installed 6 new works in our private dining space. The installation will live with us for at least a year. Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams is one of the young rising stars is the international art community, and focuses on deconstruction and collages with multiple mediums of texture. He largely highlights urban culture and the African-American archtype.

You’ll notice that much of Derrick’s latest work involves layering. Many of his collages include strong brick and metal imaging juxtaposed with the softness of a woman’s profile and torso. He positions this perspective as tools for self empowerment/determination, building of a cultural identity and celebration of resourcefulness by the African-American people. Poignant color is used to further highlight the history of patterns and boldness in the African aesthetic tradition.

Iconic images of urban soul, hip-hop culture and familiar black aesthetic props are common in Adam’s work as well (afro sheen, kangols, afro pics, camouflage, boom boxes, power to the people fists, black panther posters, church fans and pews, African cooking utensils, etc.)

He received his Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Arts from Pratt Institute. Adams was a prestigious Skowhegan fellow and has exhibited in MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and has been honored with a number of distinguished awards. He is currently on exhibition in Studio Museum of Harlem.

To read more about the artist, click here. Hope you’ll be able to join us for this spectacular evening.

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