Sam Adams

Lecturer - Painting

Sam Adams is a feminist curator and art historian with a specialty in modern and contemporary art. His community-centered approach to recent exhibitions of work by the textile artist Sonya Clark at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts received national coverage. In addition to deCordova, Adams has held curatorial positions at the ICA/Boston, the Getty, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds a BA from NYU and an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Central Institute for Art History in Munich and has taught art history at USC, Emerson College, Tufts University and Northeastern University. His research and publications center identity-based issues in recent art, particularly in performance, theater and postwar avant-gardes.