Kenyon Adams was an iconic figure in American culture. She served as Director of the Blanton Museum of Art, was appointed the first woman Moderator for the General Council of Congregational Christian Churches and became President of Vassar College.
She was also a prolific author who translated several volumes of Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset’s works. Additionally, she championed women’s rights and abolishment of slavery throughout her life.
Early Life and Education
Kenyon Adams lived a privileged upbringing. She attended Vassar, and her family could trace its origins back to the Mayflower.
As a student at Vassar, she played hockey and volunteered her services. Following graduation she joined the board of trustees as an initial woman chairperson of this body.
Her studies emphasized the arts, including history, literature, religion, and music. She was one of the founding members of the College’s Multicultural Council and served as Vice President.
Adams’ artistic practice explores ideas of citizenship and belonging, situating pleasure and satisfaction within the framework of justice. His works incorporate text, photography, performance, foodways, devised liturgies and site-specific interventions in their compositions.
Kenyon Adams is an interdisciplinary artist and creative director whose practice explores notions of fractured epistemologies while seeking to reclaim or expand various ways of knowing through integrative artistic practices. His recent works address issues related to legibility, race and American memory.
His artistic and intellectual contributions include Live Ideas (New York Live Arts), Yale School of Drama, Langston Hughes Project, National Arts Policy Roundtable YoungARTS and Grace Farms Arts as well as Bard College Hannah Arendt Center Hannah Arendt Center Hannah Arendt Center Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College Hannah Arendt Center Bard College Hannah Arendt Center Bard College Hannah Arendt Center Bard College Hannah Arendt Center Bard College Hannah Arendt Center Bard College have also benefitted. In terms of religion he studied religion at Yale Divinity School while studying literature at Yale Divinity School before turning his attention toward contemporary performance at Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
He has performed nationally as a vocalist, songwriter and blues harmonica player; making his feature film debut as Jason in Lee Isaac Chung’s narrative feature Lucky Life which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Additionally, his keynotes and workshops are highly interactive, intellectual and powerful.
Achievement and Honors
Kenyon Victor Adams is a multidisciplinary artist and curator who uses performance practices to reclaim or expand our ways of knowing. His recent works address issues related to legibility, race, and American memory.
He served as Artist-in-Residence at Yale Institute of Sacred Music during 2015-16 academic year. His works include PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, an interactive ritual of nourishment and commemoration in which audiences sit or kneel to chant King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail; and COMMUNION, which explores notions of citizenship through foodways, devised liturgies, and site-specific interventions.
Adams also serves as creative director for Future Solitude, an organization committed to curating contemporary performance-based artists of exceptional spirit and innovation. Under his stewardship have come performances by New York-based Kayla Farrish and Vinson Fraley which were described by critics as being “soaring yet dexterous renderings of human relations”.
Kenyon Victor Adams is a multidisciplinary artist and curator whose work explores fractured epistemologies to reclaim or expand various ways of knowing.
Dr. Alexander has provided artistic and conceptual contributions to Live Ideas (New York Live Arts), Yale School of Drama, Langston Hughes Project YoungARTS Grace Farms Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable National Arts Policy Roundtable Americans for the Arts Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
He has created an iconic representation of joy, leisure, and the pursuit of happiness through his diverse practice that encompasses paintings, sculptures, collages, performances, videos and public projects. Additionally, he has staged several notable exhibits which are both visually and technologically impressive.
Kenyon Adams was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 30, 1977 and played 15 seasons for the NBA (National Basketball Association).
Beginning his professional career with the New Jersey Nets, he was later traded to Denver Nuggets in exchange for three first-round draft picks.
In 2012, he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers before playing for both New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks before retiring from NBA play altogether.
Kenyon Martin is an active philanthropist. He founded the Kenyon Martin Foundation to assist poor families and children without fathers, as well as support the Stuttering Foundation of America and Dwyane Wade’s World Foundation.