Adrienne Edwards

Adrienne Edwards


CCL/SMH 2021-2023


Whitney Museum of American Art


Engell Speyer Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs

Institution at time of Fellowship

Whitney Museum of American Art

Adrienne Edwards is Engell Speyer Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Whitney Museum. She was co-curator of the 2022 Whitney Biennial with David Breslin. Edwards curated Jason Moran, the artist’s first museum show, which originated at the Walker in 2018, and traveled nationally. She organized the event and video commencing the construction of David Hammons’s Day’s End, and Moved by the Motion: Sudden Rise with WuTsang, boychild, and Fred Moten. She curated Dave McKenzie’s first solo museum project in New York City and My Barbarian’s twenty-year survey, both presented in 2021.

While at the Walker, Edwards co-led the Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Initiative, commissioning, contextualizing, and collecting cross-disciplinary works. For Performa, she realized boundary-defying commissions, as well as pathfinding conferences and film programs with over forty international artists. Edwards’s curatorial projects include the critically acclaimed 2016 exhibition and catalogue Blackness in Abstraction, as well as Frieze’s 2018 Artist Award and the Live program ASSEMBLY in New York. Edwards is Visiting Critic at the University of Pennsylvania, and taught art history at New York University and The New School. She contributes to numerous artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, and academic journals.

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