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The Journey

Derrick Adams (b. 1970) The Journey, 2017 Clothing patterns, acrylic, and fabric on paper 51 × 72 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Acquisition Committee and a gift from The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family, in fond memory of Jack Tilton 2017.29

Derrick Adams’s research into the late fashion designer Patrick Kelly’s archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture inspired the artist to engage with Kelly’s designs, color palette, and aesthetic ethos. The Journey, from Adams’s “Mood Board” series, responds to the designer’s legacy by using vintage clothing patterns, fabrics, and Kelly’s signature colors like red, blue, black, and white. Furthermore, Adams’s dialogue with Kelly’s graphic aesthetic gave the artist space to continue a consistent concern within his practice: the deconstruction of visual material to its geometric essence.