Former VAP Director Dennis Adams Named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow

Dennis Adams, performing as André Malraux in “Malraux’s Shoes," 2012.
ACT at MIT

Dennis Adams, Former Director of the Visual Arts Program (VAP), was recently named one of the 173 2018 Guggenheim Fellows. For nearly 100 years, The Guggenheim Fellowship program has recognized artists, scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and scientific researchers who demonstrate excellence in their field.

“Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do,” said Edward Hirsch, President of the Guggenheim Foundation.

Since its establishment in 1925, the foundation has granted fellowships totaling more than $360 million to over eighteen thousand individuals. This year’s fellows hail from forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, sixty-nine different academic institutions, thirty-one states, and three Canadian provinces, and they range in age from twenty-nine to eighty.

Adams is internationally recognized for his urban interventions, museum installations, performance videos, and art objects that reveal historical and political undercurrents in photography, cinema, public space and architecture. Over the last twenty-five years, he has realized over fifty urban projects in cities worldwide from Antwerp to Zagreb. His work has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout North America and Europe, and is included in major public collections both here and abroad, including the Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; and the Fotomusem Winterthur, Zurich.

Recent solo exhibitions were held at Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris in 2015, and at Kent Fine Art, New York in 2016. Recent group exhibitions include: “A Republic of Art” at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven in 2015; “The Making of a Fugitive” at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2016; and “Soulévements” at the Jeu de Paume, Paris in 2016, and “Art Lessons” at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid in 2017.

Adams has taught at numerous institutions including: Parsons School of Design, New York; Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam; and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. He regularly lectures, participates in conferences, and offers seminars at academic and cultural institutions around the world. From 1997 to 2001, he was Director of the Visual Arts Program and Professor in the School of Architecture at MIT. In 2001 he joined the faculty of The Cooper Union where he teaches 3-Dimensional Design, Sculpture, and the Public Art studio/seminar.

Adams has received three Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1984, 1988, and 1995; the Manhattan Borough President’s Award (David Dinkins) for Excellence in the Arts in 1986; the DAAD Fellowship, Berliner Künstlerprogramm in 1989, and the Lily Auchincloss Fellowship, from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2004.