Derrick Adams: Sanctuary / Unpacking the Green Book

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary / Unpacking the Green Book

Exhibition identities created for Derrick Adams: Sanctuary and Unpacking the Green Book: Travel and Segregation in Jim Crow America at the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD). 
Adams' work in Sanctuary was inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual guidebook for black American road-trippers published by New York postal worker Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1967, during the Jim Crow era in America. *

Unpacking the Green Book was on view alongside Sanctuary, and both exhibitions explored issues of mobility and racism within the United States. Today, The Green Book serves as a poignant artifact and reminder of the importance of equality during a time in which uneven law enforcement continues to negatively shape the lives and experiences of many black Americans. *

The two graphic identities shared similar gestures, creating visual connections between the exhibitions — elongated em dashes to reference a sense of travel, tonal and reflective vinyls that became visible with the viewer's movement through the gallery space, and framing devices referencing the Green Book's graphic design.

*Museum of Arts and Design
Curators: Dexter Wimberly (Sanctuary) with Samantha De Tillio (sanctuary + Green book). / Cheif Curator: Shannon Stratton. / Exhibition Design: Hendrik Gerrits & Willow Holdorf. / Creative Direction & Design: Joshua Graver. / IMages of the Green book courtesy of nypl. / Installation photography jenna bascom.