Adrian Pipe, born Adrian Margaret Smith Piper was born on September 20, 1948, in New York, NY. She went on to study philosophy and art in New York and in 1981 went on to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. Piper is an African-American contemporary artist, she is best known for her work addressing issues of ethics, gender, class, and race. Though she is African-American, she passed for racially white, while she was at school she made a series that addressed people who unintentionally offended her. Her series My Calling (Card) (1986-1990) was printed notes that she gave to people who unintentionally offended her. One of the lines on her card is: “Dear Friend: I am black. I am sure you did not realize this when you made/laughed at/agreed with that racist remark.” When discussing her work Piper explains, “My work is an act of communication, and it's important to me the way what I assert lands, and where it lands within someone who sees it.” She was influenced by Sol Lewitt’s cerebral approach to artwork while at school and she has received numerous prestigious fellowships while at the same time teaching philosophy at colleges in the United States. In 2018, a collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles debuted her most comprehensive exhibition “Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965-2016”. Adrian Piper currently lives and works in Berlin Germany and her works are held in the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.