Orbiting Us #18

Derrick Adams (American, b. 1970)
2018
MediumMixed media collage on paper
Dimensions24 × 24 inches
CreditMuseum Purchase, 2018
Accession Number2018.07

Orbiting Us #18 is part of the artist’s larger series Future People, which was exhibited at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. The installation there included collage works like this one the one proposed for acquisition, as well as video projection, sculpture installation and performance.

The artist provided information about imagery of interest in the composition, including that the planet represented is Jupiter. Adams mined various archives for his collage images. On the right is “Top Sergeant Julie Barrows prepares a pressure suit for presidential inspection” from a 1960s article about the space race in Ebony Magazine and the image on the left, from an old slide, is a sculpture of Egyptian King Amen-em-hat III from the Glyptotek Museum in Copenhagen.