Artists Kyle Olani Adams (L) and Alonzo Adams (R) – Courtesy Hogarth Worldwide 

With the Theme of Artists as Activists & Community, Artists Alonzo Adams and Kyle Olani Adams Showcase Original Pieces at October 7 Event 

Hogarth Worldwide, WPP’s global creative content production company, today announced the debut of the art exhibition LEGACY: Artists as Activists & Community, a two-part exhibition showcasing the intersection of activism and community within Black culture throughout generations.  The interactive experience will be held on October 7, 2022.

Hosted at Hogarth New York, LEGACY features original works created exclusively for the exhibition from multi-award-winning artist Alonzo Adams, as well as visual artist and son of Adams, Kyle Olani Adams. This is the first time the father-son duo have collaborated and are displaying their work publicly, with the collection representing the connection between family and culture through the expression of art. Both artists will be in attendance, with all of their work being available for purchase. 

Additionally, the exhibition will also feature the work of famed photographer Charlie Phillips, who is best known for his photographs of 1960s Notting Hill during the period of West Indian migration to London. Phillips’ work has been recognized and celebrated worldwide, with selections having been exhibited at the galleries of the Museum of London, Museum of the City of New York, Tate Britain, and the National Portrait Gallery, London, to name a few. 

“An inspirational collection created with heart & soul” said Cheryl Ryan, global head of equity, diversity & inclusion at Hogarth Worldwide.  “Through exHibit Hogarth champions artists whose work represents the communities we live in and documents authentic human experiences that create hope & bring about change for generations to come.”

“This beautiful art odyssey I’ve been on has filled me. The introduction of my son’s work to the world has elevated my imagination of what dreams will come,” said Alonzo Adams.

Kyle Olani Adams added: “This exhibition comes at a time of new beginnings for my father and me. As I transition from full-time student to full-time artist this fall, l am excited to continue planting seeds in this garden of love and support that my father has so beautifully cultivated for the past 30 years.”

LEGACY is the second curated showcase of Hogarth Worldwide’s exHibit series, which have dedicated exhibition spaces at their London and New York offices. A venture of Hogarth Roots community collective, the mission of exHibit is to showcase diverse artists and give a platform to express their creativity and promote human connection. LEGACY follows 2021’s LOVING Exhibition, a collection of photographs portraying ‘romantic love’ between men over the span of 100 years. 

The public is invited to attend with an RSVP required. Admission is free with limited capacity. For more information, please visit LEGACY’s RSVP here.

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Alonzo Adams Bio 

Born in Harlem in 1961 and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, Alonzo’s passion for art was nurtured from the streets of Plainfield to the country roads of North Carolina and enriched by trips to France and Spain. With over 25 years of experience as a professional artist, he has garnered many prestigious awards and been featured in art exhibits and publications. Art Business News, Black Enterprise, Images Magazine, Upscale Magazine and ESPN Magazine to name a few.  In 2003, three of his original oils were auctioned at Sotheby’s, with a phenomenal response.  In 2004, Alonzo was one of the first inductees into the newly created Rutgers African American Alumnae Association Hall of Fame.

Kyle Olani Adams Bio 

Born in 2001, Kyle began his art journey as a young child alongside his father Alonzo Adams and was always found drawing, coloring and being creative. Kyle is now a visual artist specializing in figurative Black art and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in media studies and production at Temple University. He strives to use his gift of art and creative media to create, support and establish careers in the arts and entertainment industry.

Charlie Phillips Bio 

Charlie Phillips has been capturing images of the West Indian community living in Notting Hill, London for decades, including the cultural traditions, music and fashion associated with Caribbean funerals. His work has been exhibited in galleries including Tate Britain, Museum of London, Nottingham’s New Art Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Museum of the City of New York and in permanent collections  at The Wedge, V&A and Tate. Now in his seventies, Charlie’s drive, and joie de vivre for sharing his work is amazing. His dedication to recording and preserving the history of a significant era for the Black community from the inside is remarkable. When asked why he continues, he jokes “I should be resting in my retirement. Kids (Black British) come up to me and want to know if I have a photo of their Grandfather, their Great Grandfather, wanting to know more about their past.”