Adrian Piper is a first-generation Conceptual artist who started exhibiting her work internationally at the age of twenty and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1969. While continuing to produce and exhibit her artwork internationally, she received a B.A. in Philosophy from CCNY in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard in 1981 under the supervision of John Rawls. She studied Kant and Hegel with Dieter Henrich at the University of Heidelberg in 1977-1978, and taught philosophy fulltime for 30 years with specializations in metaethics and Kant. She was the first tenured African American woman Professor in the field of philosophy. Her two-volume study in Kantian metaethics, Rationality and the Structure of the Self, integrates desire into reason and standard decision theory into classical predicate logic. Piper introduced issues of race and gender into the vocabulary of Conceptual art and explicit political content into Minimalism. In 2000 she further expanded the vocabulary of Conceptual art to include Vedic philosophical imagery and concepts. She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards in art and philosophy, and her artwork is in many important collections. Her seventh traveling retrospective opened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in the spring of 2018. Her artwork won the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 56th Venice Biennale. Adrian Piper has studied and practiced yoga since 1965, and lives and works in Berlin, where she runs the APRA Foundation Berlin.
Her 1973 video, The Mythic Being will be on view in the context of the Barracks at the English Camp.