'Gina Adams: Inherited Heartbeats' by Lucy Lippard
"The exhibition is intersectional: there is not just one type of message or technique. It’s important to draw attention to the wide array of issues and celebrations currently in America. The exhibition does this fearlessly by forcing people to think differently about their own expectations of quilts."
"[Gina] Adams highlights the troubled American history between indigenous people and the colonizers. The text, each letter a different bright color against a manila ground, is visually striking and, once the context is realized, draws a line from 1677 to the present and the recent protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation over the Dakota Access Pipeline."
"Fittingly, Adams’s quilts hang in a line in a hallway-turned-gallery, suggesting movement through both space and time. Their clashing patterns make the text hard to read — a fitting state for treaties that were almost always broken, amended, or ignored by the US. Standing before and among them in the gallery makes you think about the land under your feet, and the people from whom it was stolen."
Artists: Gina Adams, Nancy Cohen, Louise Kramer, Judy Pfaff & Renee Stout
December 5–10, 2017
VIP Preview, Tues. Dec. 5 from 5:30–10pm
The CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion
One Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street | Downtown Miami
On Biscayne Bay between the Venetian & McArthur Causeways
Building on their ongoing program, Accola Griefen will highlight important American women and Native American women artists in their booth at CONTEXT MIAMI in 2017.
Portland Museum of Art 2018 Biennial
January 26–June 3, 2018
GINA ADAMS work on view at St. John University Art Gallery in
Diamonds, Rings and Courts: Sport Is More Than a Game
curated by Yulia Tikhonova I through November 17, 2017
Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery I Sun Yat Sen Hall, St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439 I Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
GINA ADAMS is a descendant of both indigenous (Ojibwe) and colonial Americans. Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay, and then her adolescent and early adult years in Maine. Her formal education includes a BFA from the Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on Visual Art, Curatorial Practice and Critical Theory.
Adam's cross-media, hybrid studio work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing and large scale quilts which combine the reuse of antique quilts which she restructures to include words from broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes. Adams draws on cultural practices passed down from her ancestors as well as from family history of forced assimilation.
Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and resides in many public and private collections including Portland Museum of Art; University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; Emprise Bank, Wichita, KS; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MI; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; North American Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; Great Plains Museum, Lincoln, NE; Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
The noted international art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction on Adams’ work for her 2015 solo exhibit, Its Honor Is Here Pledged, at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. In 2016 she was the SARF Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and had Its Honor Is Hereby Pledged exhibition in Boulder Colorado at Naropa University’s White Cube Gallery where she is a member of the faculty in Visual Arts. In the summer of 2017, Gina presented and exhibited at the American Indian Workshop Conference at Goldsmiths College, University of London, England which will be followed by an exhibition at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art titled Monarch’s curated by Risa Puleo. In the last year Adams' work has been featured in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Hyperallergic and the Huffington Post. Among other upcoming exhibitions and projects, in 2018 Adams will participate in the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency program and the Dartmouth College Artist in Residence Program.