Derrick Adams: THE HOLDOUT
|A Social Sculpture with Curated Radio Station
Organized by Curator Dexter Wimberly
February 12 – April 25, 2015
THE HOLDOUT is funded by a generous grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Aljira presents THE HOLDOUT, a provocative solo project by artist Derrick Adams. Consisting of a large-scale pyramid-like sculpture, along with photography and text-based work, the project features a functioning radio station with music, special guests and programming selected by Derrick Adams and the exhibition’s curator, Dexter Wimberly. Around the gallery, Adams will exhibit works from his Welcome to Monument City series, 2009-present, including new photographs and sculpture. Live interviews will also be broadcast from within the sculpture during the exhibition, through April 25th.
“Aljira is extremely proud to present THE HOLDOUT. It’s an exciting opportunity for engaging many aspects of our community—music, culture, resistance and activism,” says Aljira Executive Director Victor L. Davson.
Using the format of a pirate radio station, Adams will video stream his DJ sets, the conversations, and guest DJ playlists online, in the gallery and onto the street. The artist will present 12 public events at Aljira. Adams will also hand the radio station over to guest hosts, on occasion, as well as to playlist contributors who will be uploading their content remotely. He will be facilitating all events and performances in and around THE HOLDOUT installation.
Positioned in the middle of Aljira’s main gallery, THE HOLDOUT represents an outpost, bunker, fortress or temple.
“Holdout” is a real estate term for an owner of property in a row of acquired buildings who refuses to sell. Adams’ pyramid-like sculpture poetically references individuals within communities united as a wall of resistance and support. The installation and performative work acknowledges what is priceless and important to preserve in one’s own culture. It highlights a value system that appreciates these ideals.
“By allowing viewers to enter his sculpture, Adams is challenging the usual relationship between art and its audience. The various elements of the exhibition, particularly the pyramid-inspired sculpture with its functioning Holdout Radio station inside, is a send-up to real estate developers who ignore the negative impact that unchecked gentrification can have on historic and cultural preservation in less-affluent, urban communities,” states exhibition curator Dexter Wimberly.
All 12 events scheduled by the artist at Aljira are open to the public. Visit www.holdoutradio.com or www.aljira.org/exhibitions to view the full event list and live broadcast schedule or access live streaming video and archived content. The closing reception on April 25, 2015 will feature a dance party open to the public with a live-broadcast DJ. Follow THE HOLDOUT on Instagram at www.instagram.com/theholdout #theholdout.
Special thanks to Artist and Cultural Producer, Jaret Vadera, for his project development of this exhibition.
THE HOLDOUT will be on view February 12, 2015 through April 25, 2015.
THE HOLDOUT Event Dates
Thursday, February 12 | Opening of Derrick Adams: THE HOLDOUT 6–8pm
Tuesday, March 3 | Playlist music: 12–2pm
Thursday, April 2 | Playlist music: 12–2pm
About the Artist
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