Dennis Adams:
History Lessons


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Dennis Adams: History Lessons
Wood, translucent Cibachrome print, plexiglass, aluminum light box
33 × 43 ½ x 18 in
Edition of 40
Courtesy of the Artist and Art in General


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History Lessons was created by Dennis Adams as a limited edition for the New Museum in 1990. Dennis Adams uses representational photographic images in conjunction with architectural elements to explore contemporary, historical, and social consciousness. History Lessons reveals, behind a crate, a backlit transparent photograph of discarded busts of former French military leaders. Like the history lessons on the Algerian war taught in French schools, the meaning of the image depends on its context.

Dennis Adams (American, b. 1948) is internationally recognized for his urban interventions and museum installations that reveal historical and political undercurrents in photography, cinema, public space and architecture. Over the last twenty-five years, he has realized over fifty urban projects in cities worldwide from Antwerp to Zagreb. His work has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout North America and Europe, and is included in major public collections both here and abroad, including the Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago; MoMA, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; and the Fotomusem Winterthur, Zurich.