On Site: Derrick Adams: Our Time Together

October 29, 2021–Ongoing
East End

Baltimore-born, Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams (American, b. 1970) reframes historical Black narratives and examines the role of the media in shaping identity.

On Site: Derrick Adams features a multimedia wall mural and sculptural installation the artist made specifically for the Museum’s East End, on commission. Inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book (published 1936–66), a traveler’s guide for Black Americans during the Jim Crow era, Adams celebrates the rituals of everyday Black life and leisure. The monumental wall mural, titled Our Time Together, includes references to Milwaukee havens Gee’s Clippers, Coffee Makes You Black, and the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, as well as photographs from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Derrick Adams: Our Time Together is the first in the Museum’s On Site series to activate the East End. The exhibition series, which began in 2001, involves inviting contemporary artists to make new work that responds to a location within the Museum.

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Presenting Sponsors: Bader Philanthropies logo Milwaukee Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Society
Supporting Sponsor: Herzfeld Foundation
The Milwaukee Art Museum extends its sincere thanks to the 2022 Visionaries:Donna and Donald BaumgartnerMurph BurkeJoel and Caran QuadracciSue and Bud SeligJeff and Gail Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation
  • Derrick Adams (American, b. 1970), Our Time Together, 2021 (details). Inkjet print on vinyl. 1130 in. x 179 in, commissioned by the Milwaukee Art Museum. © Derrick Adams
  • Artist Derrick Adams in his Brooklyn studio. Photo courtesy of Derrick Adams Studio.