Oklahoma City is only the second U.S. stop for “Exposed,” which premiered in December at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas. After it closes here May 17, it will travel to Marfa Contemporary, a satellite gallery of Oklahoma Contemporary in Marfa, Texas, for a May 31-July 31 run.
“It's had a very good run in Dallas. It's been very popular there, so I have no doubt at all that it's going to be equally well-received here,” said Oklahoma Contemporary Executive Director Mary Ann Prior, adding that Adams attended the exhibit's Dallas opening but isn't expected at the Oklahoma City event because of his daughter's birth and upcoming European tour.
Adams' exhibit will be the first to open at the Oklahoma gallery since it announced its new name earlier this week.
“It kind of sets the scene for where we're going. We won't always do these high-profile exhibitions with celebrities ... but we will have a lot of very interesting international and national exhibits. And they'll all be living artists,” Prior said.
“It (the new name) represents another stage in the evolution of this organization. It's been around for over 20 years and now it's making rapid progress to becoming a very vibrant space that is going to be eventually moved to a downtown location.”
Beyond Marfa, specific U.S. dates for “Exposed” are not confirmed, Prior said, but the exhibit will be traveling around the world. Another installment of it currently showing in Duesseldorf, Germany, includes Adams' celebrity photos as well as his portraits of British war veterans, which will be featured in his next book.
“Whether it be my own family or my friends, I tend to gravitate toward a character. ... I do believe everyone is as interesting as the next, it's just that some people are more forthcoming than others,” Adams said. “The soldiers I've been photographing are all British veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, all of them wounded, some very severely. It's a compelling, inspiring and very moving set of portraits.”
At the same time his photos are getting newfound exposure, Adams is continuing his “Bare Bones” acoustic tour and working on new music.
“Making an album of songs is always on the cards, it's just when will it be good enough to release,” he said.
He may be up to two demanding careers as well as two young daughters, but the “18 Til I Die” singer doesn't consider any of his life's works too much work.
“I think these days you need to be a bit of a plate spinner; you need to multitask. Having a family isn't work for me, it's a joy, and I've never felt like I've worked making music or photos. Not only is it a joy, it's a privilege,” he said.