Lauren Adams: Hoard

Sep 7, 2012 - Oct 14, 2012

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Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.Lauren Adams: Hoard, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7-October 14, 2012. Photo: David Johnson.

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Lauren Adams (b. 1979, Snow Hill, NC; lives and works in Baltimore, MD) mines the histories of early exploration, colonialism, and industrialization to make new and surprising connections that resonate with current sociopolitical issues. Working in a variety of media, from paintings and drawings to textiles and printmaking, she calls attention to obscure historical events and phenomena to explore the relationship between power, labor, and material culture. Inspired by historical decorative forms and designs such as Chinoiserie-style wallpaper, Elizabethan-era dress, pirate flags, and Soviet avant-garde agitprop from the early twentieth century, Adams’s hybrid objects and installations are purposely anachronistic and deeply relevant for suggesting how we value labor and its attendant outcomes today. Adams will present new work in her Front Room exhibition, as well as in a satellite exhibition curated by CAM at the inaugural ExpoChicago art fair (September 19-23, 2012; Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611).



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The Front Room is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Charter. Support for CAM’s exhibition program is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer P. Brown; William E. Weiss Foundation; and the Crawford Taylor Foundation. General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; Wells Fargo Advisors; Arts and Education Council; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.