BAHM | 2.26.18 | Adrienne Edwards
Adrienne Edwards is a curator, writer and scholar with a focus on interdisciplinary and performance art of the African Diaspora and the Global South. She was recently appointed Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum, where she will take up post in May of 2018. Edwards is well-known for her work as Curator of Performa, NY's first performance biennial, since she started in 2010. She was also the Curator At Large of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, from 2016. Edwards is a PhD Candidate and Corrigan Doctoral Fellow of Performance Studies at NYU. She has contributed to many art publications including, Art in America, Aperture, and Parkett.
For Performa 17, Edwards curated Afroglossia, a collection of works by African artists reflecting on the multiplicity and complexity on the continent and considering radical artmaking and politics from various backgrounds. The exhibition was in partnership with the Anthology Film Archives in NY and featured the work of Teju Cole, Julie Mehretu and Jason Moran, Wangechi Mutu, and others.
At the Walker Art Center, Edwards is currently organizing a survey exhibition of work by jazz pianist Jason Moran that will travel to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She has also organized a number of exhibitions as an independent curator, including most notably, Blackness in Abstraction at Pace Gallery in NY in 2016. This exhibition presents a survey of the use of the color black in abstract works from the 1940s to the present, and includes an incredible roster of artists, including, Glenn Ligon, Rashid Johnson, Adam Pendleton, Pope.L, Jack Whitten, among many others. This May she will curate a project with artist Kapwani Kiwanga, recently named winner of the 2018 Freize Artist Award.