Brooklyn Artist Derrick Adams Creates Hillman Inspired Art Exhibit

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A pop up featuring a collection of wearable pieces by multidisciplinary visual artist Derrick Adams set in a responsive display environment by industrial designer Michael Chuapoco.

On display at The Proposition gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side starting today (10/5), the exhibition, which is entitled “Hillman U: A Dream Deferred; A Dream Fulfilled,” is described as a “…pop up featuring a collection of wearable pieces by Brooklyn’s own Derrick Adams.” The work reflects the reemergence of a Garvey-influenced, Pan-Africanist identity and iconography in the Black community in the ’80s and ’90s correlating it with the rise of urban clothing brands like Cross Colours and FUBU.

After receiving his MFA from Columbia University, a BFA from Pratt Institute, Adams, a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture alumni, has had a few performance highlights over the past few years. The 2009 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Derrick Adams has performed at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, MoMA PS1, PERFORMA 05, Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen NYC, Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

You can check out Adams’ “Hillman U” re-imagined wares (which includes mementos like buttons, pennants, fitted caps, etc.) by heading over to the link HERE.

Props: The Proposition