Boston University Art Galleries presents a glimpse into the career of New York visual and graphic artist Cey Adams in CEY ADAMS, DEPARTURE: 40 years of art and design, a retrospective on view through December 11 at Boston University’s Faye G., Jo and James Stone Gallery. Featuring over 60 pieces that demonstrate the breadth of Adams’ work through photographic archives, mixed media collages, paintings, textiles, fashion, street art, contemporary fine art , etc., this exhibition offers a visual chronology of artistic evolution.
Curated by Liza Quiñonez of Street Theory, Cey Adams’ first solo retrospective exhibition celebrates her practice and transformative role in multiple artistic and musical cultural movements over the past four decades. The chronological work on display begins in the 1970s, when he began honing his artistic skills by painting graffiti on the streets and trains of New York.
As street art begins to seep into the city’s high-end galleries, the show follows Adams in his work as the founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings, where he brought the Hip-Hop movement visually to life and created visual identities, album covers, logos. , and advertising campaigns for music giants like Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious BIG, Maroon 5 and Jay-Z. An installation featuring over 50 Adams-designed and designed album covers will showcase this part of his career before exploring his studio practice.
The exhibit also highlights Adams’ collaborations with Levi’s® Eureka Innovation Lab and Mattel Creations. It is on view through December 11, 2022 at Boston University Faye G., Jo and James Stone Gallery.
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