Adrienne Edwards was named Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum in 2018. Previously, she served as curator of Performa since 2010 and as Curator at Large for the Walker Art Center since 2016.
Edwards is co-curator of the 2022 Whitney Biennial with David Breslin. She curated Jason Moran, the artist’s first museum show, which originated at the Walker in 2018, and traveled to the ICA Boston, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Whitney. She organized the event and video commencing the construction of David Hammons’s Day’s End, featuring a commission by composer Henry Threadgill and a “water tango” on the Hudson River by the Fire Department of the City of New York’s Marine Company 9. Edwards also organized Moved by the Motion: Sudden Rise with WuTsang, boychild, and Fred Moten. She is currently curating Dave McKenzie’s first solo museum project in New York City and My Barbarian’s twenty-year survey, both to be presented in 2021.
While at the Walker, she co-led the institution-wide Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Initiative, an effort to expand ways of commissioning, studying, contextualizing, collecting, documenting, and conserving cross-disciplinary works. For Performa, Edwards realized new boundary-defying commissions, as well as pathfinding conferences and film programs with a wide range of over forty international artists. Edwards’s curatorial projects have included the critically acclaimed exhibition and catalogue Blackness in Abstraction, hosted by Pace Gallery in 2016, as well as Frieze’s Artist Award and the Live program ASSEMBLY in New York in 2018. Edwards is Visiting Critic at the University of Pennsylvania, and taught art history and visual studies at New York University and The New School. She is a contributor to numerous artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, and academic journals, including forthcoming publications for the National Gallery of Art’s Center for the Advanced Study in Visual Art and Phaidon.
CCS Bard Speaker Series
Each semester CCS Bard hosts a program of lectures by leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives. All talks are free and open to the public - registration is required in advance here.
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