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Ryan Adams | Lessons

July 1, 2021 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Marilyn Moss Rockefeller Lobby + Karen & Rob Brace Hall

The Portland-based artist Ryan Adams will premier a 33-foot-long mural continue continuing his abstracted, text-based wall works that grew out of his early graffiti practice. The mural will feature a phrase of advice his mother often gave him as a black youth growing up in Portland – advice to help him navigate in a predominantly white community.

Adam’s mural will be produced in his signature ‘gem’ style that deconstructs words and phrases into geometric patterns that dynamically display visual depth, shadows and highlights. The mural will be accompanied by wider selection of the artist’s paintings on canvas. The entire exhibition will be visible 24/7 over the fall and winter months through CMCA’s massive windows facing our public courtyard.
This will be Adams’s largest solo exhibition to-date.

Ryan Adams’s work was prominently featured in the recent exhibition, Untitled: Art from Maine in a
____ Time at the Portland Museum of Art.

Ryan Adams | Lessons is made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the artist by CMCA’s Executive Director &
Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson.


July 1, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT