Wednesday, Feb. 19
2 p.m. | Rhett Scott Gallery Talk: Making it Up As I Go | ACA Library of SCAD, TROIS Gallery
Join professor of painting Kent Knowles in conversation with painting M.F.A. thesis candidate Rhett Scott, as they discuss Scott’s exhibition Making It Up As I Go, on view in Trois Gallery Feb. 10–20. Scott will discuss the strategies he employs to explore concepts of reality and simulation in his unique painting style. Transforming the flat surface into a 3D landscape of marks and objects, Scott creates illusory environments that confound the viewer’s experience.
A reception follows the artist talk.
6 p.m. | Janet Biggs Lecture | SCADshow, Mainstage
Janet Biggs' work focuses on individuals in extreme landscapes or situations, and navigates the realms of art, science, and technology. Her current performance work explores the relationship between humans and technology through shared creative production, artificial intelligence, and human fortitude.
Biggs has displayed her work at solo exhibitions and film screenings at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Harrison, New York; Museos de Tenerife, Spain; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah; Blaffer Art Museum, Houston; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., among others.
Her work is in collections including the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah; JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York; La Collezione Videoinsight®, Turin, Italy; Fonds régional d'art contemporain, Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France; Zabludowicz Collection, London, England; the High Museum, Atlanta, and many others.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Noon | In Conversation: Derrick Adams and Antwuan Sargent | SCADshow, Mainstage
6 p.m. | Derrick Adams Gallery Reception: Patrick Kelly, The Journey | SCAD FASH
Derrick Adams: Patrick Kelly, The Journey (Now on display at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film through July 19, 2020)Patrick Kelly, The Journey emerges from artist Derrick Adams’ extensive exploration into the archive of the influential African-American fashion designer Patrick Kelly (1954–90). Kelly was the first American to be admitted to the Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter, the prestigious governing body of the French ready-to-wear industry. Adams immersed himself in the Kelly archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, where he discovered a trove of correspondence, sketches, swatches, photographs, and other memorabilia. Adams’ works reference Kelly’s legacy as a formalist who infused social context and humor into his creations. The exhibition presents Adams’ abstract collages and sculptural works that incorporate Kelly’s vintage clothing patterns, iconic fabrics, bold and colorful geometric forms, and embellishments.There are many Atlanta ties within this exhibit (which SCAD is excited with share with the local community and beyond, especially during Black History Month), including the fact that Patrick lived in Atlanta before moving to NYC/Paris — which influenced the fashion scene here. Additionally, former model and Atlanta resident, Carol Martin, generously loaned several Patrick Kelly garments and miscellaneous archival materials from the time of her friendship with Patrick. And there is a proposal for a book about Kelly’s life written by the esteemed poet Maya Angelou (FUN FACTS: her great grandson is currently attending SCAD & Maya gave a commencement speech at SCAD in 1998 which can be seen here).Derrick Adams is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist who works in painting and sculpture as well as performance, video, and sound. His artistic practice is rooted in Deconstructivist philosophies and the ways in which human ideals become attached to objects, colors, textures, symbols, and ideologies. Adams’ work focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring the shape-shifting force of popular culture on self-image.
Adams is a recipient of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. His work has been presented in numerous important exhibitions and venues, including Greater New York at MoMA PS1, New York; Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum; Performa, New York; Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art and The Shadows Took Shape at The Studio Museum; and The Channel at Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is represented in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Studio Museum; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama