31 Facts About Adrian Piper


Adrian Margaret Smith Piper was born on September 20,1948 and is an American conceptual artist and Kantian philosopher.


Adrian Piper uses reflection on her own career as an example.


Adrian Piper was born on September 20,1948, in New York City.


Adrian Piper was raised in Manhattan in an upper-middle-class Black family and attended a private school with mostly wealthy, White students.


Adrian Piper studied art at the School of Visual Arts and was graduated with an associate's degree in 1969.


Adrian Piper received a master's in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977 and her doctorate in 1981, supervised by John Rawls.


Adrian Piper worked at the Seth Siegelaub Gallery, known for its conceptual art exhibitions, in 1969.

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Adrian Piper's work started to address ostracism, otherness, and attitudes around racism.


Adrian Piper was awarded visual arts fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979 and 1982, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989.


Adrian Piper taught at Wellesley College, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and University of California, San Diego.


In 2017, Adrian Piper received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.


In 1981 Adrian Piper published an essay entitled "Ideology, Confrontation and Political Self-Awareness", in which she discusses concepts she explores through her art.


Adrian Piper argues that the beliefs we tend to hold onto the longest, and often avoid exposing to examination, are those that allow us to maintain an understanding that makes sense to us about who we are and how we exist within the world at large.


Adrian Piper's work is largely based on her background in philosophy, including eastern philosophy.


On her website, Adrian Piper brings attention to the rise of yoga in the United States, and with it, the decline of its true spiritual meanings.


Catalysis VII involved Adrian Piper visiting a museum, chewing gum loudly, and holding a purse full of ketchup.


The word "catalysis" describes a chemical reaction caused by a catalytic agent that remains unchanged, and Adrian Piper viewed her audience's reaction as the unaffected agent.


Adrian Piper rejected the inclusion, and requested that her work be removed from the exhibition because its inclusion further underlined the marginalization of non-White artists and was in direct opposition to the ideals that she fought to inspire in her viewers.


Adrian Piper spent the summer of 1971 in her loft in New York City.


Adrian Piper would read this book while doing various activities.


Adrian Piper created the work Food for the Spirit to counteract this feeling.


Between 1982 and 1984, Adrian Piper staged a series of events advertised as Funk Lessons, which invited participants to learn about the dance styles, culture, and history of funk music.


Adrian Piper located the roots of funk in African tribal music and saw it as integral to the growing presence of black cultural figures in America and the ongoing struggle for equal rights.


Adrian Piper began the lessons by playing samples of music and instructing participants in specific dance moves, while gradually introducing anecdotes of black history and culture into her presentation.


Adrian Piper acted as a facilitator to discussions that, at times, grew heated as participants strayed from the academic format to engage in active discussion.

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In 1981, Adrian Piper published the essay, "Ideology, Confrontation, and Political Self Awareness", in High Performance Magazine.


In Volume II, Adrian Piper argues that, without moral alienation, we would be unable to forge relationships with others, or act interpersonally in the service of selfless or disinterested moral principles.


Curator Ned Rifkin wrote that Adrian Piper "holds a singular position" in the art world.


Adrian Piper received visual arts fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979 and 1982, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989.


In 2013, the Women's Caucus for Art announced that Adrian Piper would be a 2014 recipient of the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.


Adrian Piper received the Kathe-Kollwitz-Preis 2018 of the Akademie der Kunste, an award that goes to an artist working on an international level and analytical philosopher, who has had a considerable influence on American conceptual art since the mid-1960s.