Terry Adkins 

 

Born in Washington, D.C., 1953

Died in New York NY, 2014


Education

M.F.A., University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, 1979

M.S., Illinois State University, Normal IL, 1977

B.S., Fisk University, Nashville TN, 1975

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2020

Terry Adkins: Resounding, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis MO

Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar, Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN

 

2019

Terry Adkins: Native Son (Circus), Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis TN

 

2018

Terry Adkins: Infinity Is Always Less Than OneICA Miami, Miami FL

Terry Adkins: The Smooth, The Cut and The Assembled, Lévy Gorvy, New York NY

 

2017
Projects 107: Lone Wolf Receitals Corps, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Terry Adkins: Solitude, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England

 

2016 

Soldier, Shepherd, Prophet, Martyr: Videos from 1998-2013, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal IL 

 

2013 

Nenuphar, Salon 94 Bowery and Salon 94 Freemans, New York NY

Recital, Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston IL 

 

2012 

Recital, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga NY 

The Principalities, Galerie Zidoun, Luxembourg 

 

2010 

Riddle of the Sphinx, Amistad Gallery, Philadelphia PA

 

2009 

Meteor Stream, American Academy in Rome, Italy

 

2008 

Songs of Hearth and Valor, Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse NY

2007 

Belted Bronze, Pageant Soloveev, Philadelphia PA

  

2005 

Black Beethoven, Wheaton College, Norton, MA; travelled to: Bronx River Art Center, Bronx NY 

 

2004 

Black Beethoven, Pageant Soloveev, Philadelphia PA 

 

2003 

Towering Steep, Friede-Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 

Sanctuary, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia PA

Darkwater, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Facets, PPOW Gallery, New York NY 

 

2001 

Deeper Still, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville FL

Songs of New Heaven (New Earth), Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville TN 

Greater Deeps, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem NC 

Altar Encore, Zora Neale Hurston Museum of American Art, Eatonville FL 

 

2000 

Afterflame, The Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA; John Brown House, Akron OH 

Wild Ashes Mute, Finesilver, San Antonio TX

Powre Above Powres-Passing Freedom, Saratoga Arts Council, Saratoga Springs NY 

 

1999 

Firmament RHA Relay Hymn, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia PA 

Deeper Heart, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL

Afterflame, Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; travelled to: Krannert Art Museum IL; I-Space, Chicago IL

Powre Above Powres-Passing Freedom, Union College, Schenectady NY

Invisible (Slight Return) Watermark Cargo Gallery, Kingston NY 

 

1998 

Later Coltrane, Hamilton College Emerson Gallery, Clinton NY 

Muffled Drums, PPOW Gallery, New York NY

Afterflame, University of Akron, Meyers School of Art, Akron, OH Distant Mirrors, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ 

 

1997 

Guarded Table, Watermark Cargo Gallery, Kingston NY

Temporary Hours (Jean Toomer), The Sculpture Center, New York NY 

Seamless Robe, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT1995-6 

Firmament RHA, Whitney Museum of American Art at PM, New York NY 

Visionary Recital, Hammonds House, Atlanta GA 

 

1993 

Maroon, LedisFlam Gallery, New York NY 

Parameters, The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA 

Anthem, Weatherspoon Gallery, Greensboro NC 

 

1992 
Perpetual Choir, LedisFlam Gallery, New York NY 

 

1991 
Call/Response, Anderson Gallery, VCU, Richmond VA 

 

1990 

Inside/Out, Valencia Community College, Orlando FL 

Enframe, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami FL 

Dyad, LedisFlam Gallery, New York NY 

 

1989 

New Ghosts, Galerie Andy Jullien, Zurich, Switzerland

Hammer Ring, Liz Harris Gallery, Boston MA

1987 

Hannibal, Galerie Emmerich-Baumann, Zurich, Switzerland 

1986 

The Sihl, Projekt Binz 39, Zurich, Switzerland 

 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2021

Cascadence, Altman Siegel, San Francisco CA

American Verses: Terry Adkins, Mark Bradford and Kerry James Marshall, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria IL

Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, conceived by Okwui Enwezor, New Museum, New York NY

Otherwise/Revival, Bridge Projects, Los Angeles CA

Promise, Witness, Remembrance, Speed Art Museum, Louisville KY

 

2020

Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England

 

2019

Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; travelling to: Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, MI; Smith College Museum of Art Northmanpton, MA; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Not But Nothing Other: African-American Portrayals, 1930s to Today, Binghamton Art Museum, Binghamton NY

Experimenting with Materiality: Terry Adkins, Sonia Gomes, Senga Nengudi, Carol Rama, Lévy Gorvy, Zürich, Switzerland

Black Artists Retreat 2019: Sonic ImaginationTheaster Gates, Park Avenue Armory, New York NY

Louder than Words, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw GA


2018
Sculptures, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York NY

Lord Duveen, My Pictures Never Look So Marvellous As When You Are Here, Lévy Gorvy, London, England

Wiggle, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, Belgium

A Brand New Darkness: Various Artists, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland

A Cris Ouverts, Rennes Biennial, Rennes, France

 

2017

Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick ME
Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover NH

Pilchuck Prints, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Speed Museum of Art, Louisville KY

 

2016

Field Studies, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn NY

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania 

Après Beethoven, Musée de la Musique, Paris, France 

 

2015 

All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy

Human Ecology 101, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York NY

I Like It Like This, S2 x Drake, Sotheby's, New York NY

Under Color of Law, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Collegeville PA 

Nero su Bianco, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL 

Color Fields, Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, MassArt, Boston MA

Immersed, organized by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio TX 

 

2014 

Prospect New Orleans: Prospect.3: Notes for Now (P.3), New Orleans LA 

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN

Art or Sound, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy 

Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY 

 

2013 

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

Art Stage Singapore 2013, Zidoun Gallery, Singapore 

 

2012 

Intense Proximity, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY 

Radical Presence, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston TX

Clifford Owens: Anthology, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY

True North, The Anchorage Museum, Anchorage AK

Alpha’s Bet Isn’t Over Yet, The New Museum, New York NY 

Magical Visions, University of Delaware Museums, Wilmington DE 

 

2010 

The Crude and the Rare, The Cooper Union, New York NY

Artist & Artifact, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY

Time Equals Distance Over Speed or Nothing, Pageant Soloveev, Philadelphia PA

The Vagabond Can’t Draw - Spazi Aperti, Accademia di Romania In Roma, Rome, Italy Accademia delle Accademie, Complesso Monumentale Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome, Italy 

 

2009 

Sound: Print: Record, University of Delaware Museums, Wilmington DE 

 

2008 

Neo-Hoodoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Menil Collection, Houston, TX; MoMA PS1, Queens NY 

Black Is, Black Ain’t, Renaissance Society, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit IL

Thunderbolt Special – The Great Electric Show and Dance, Project Row Houses, Houston TX 

Nightwatch Research Project, The Verbeke Foundation, Stekene, Belgium 

 

2007 

Ensemble, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA Spectral Evidence, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY 

 

2006 

Paper Trail, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA Shoebox Sculpture 9, University of Hawaii, Honolulu HI 

 

2005 

Inventors, Movers and Makers, Museum Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Double Consciousness - Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston TX 

 

2004 

Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn NY 

 

2002 

Time/Frame, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin TX 

 

2001 

Mind Fields, Wake Forest University Gallery, Winston-Salem NC 

Red, Black and Green, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY 

 

2000 

Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition, Miami Art Museum, Miami FL

 

1999 

Narratives of Art & identity, De Young Museum of Art, San Francisco CA

Selected Works from The Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY 

 

1998 

Postcards from Black America, De Beyerd Museum; Frans Hals Museum, The Netherlands

Interpreting, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY

May Day – The Rights of Spring, PPOW Gallery, New York NY

African American Art, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ 

 

1997 

Seeing Jazz, International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 

Material Dialogues, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ 

 

1996 

Other Bloods, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; The Painted Bride, Philadelphia PA 

 

1995 

Required Nuance, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY 

Other Bloods, Museum Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Material Matters, The Anchorage, Brooklyn NY

It’s Only Rock & Roll, The Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix AZ 

Minumentals, Watermark/Cargo Gallery, Kingston NY 

 

1994 

Western Artists/African Art, The Museum for African Art, New York NY

The American Flag in Contemporary Art, Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland  OH 

...It’s How You Play the Game, Exit Art, New York NY

Points of Interest/Points of Departure, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA 

 

1993 

Edward Albee’s Other Eye, Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville NY 

In the Ring, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island NY 

 

1992 

Egyptomania, Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville NY

The Endowed Chair, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York NY

Southern Black Aesthetic, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem NC 

Present Tense, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI 

 

1991 

Cadences: Icon and Abstraction in Context, The New Museum, New York NY 

New Generations: New York, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh PA 

Dommenikos Theotokopoulos: A Dialogue, Philippe Briet Gallery, New York NY 

 

1990 

The Blues Aesthetic, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C. 

Taking Shape, The Memorial Arch, Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY

From Earth to Archetype, LedisFlam, New York NY 

 

1989 

Selections, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown MA

Object Makers, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem NC 

Pillar to Post, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York NY 

 

1987 

Espirit, Salama-caro Gallery, London, England 

ArtBasel 87, Galerie Emmerich Baumann, Basel, Switzerland 

Kulturhaus Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland

Sihlquai Kunsler, Projekt Binz 39, Zurich, Switzerland 

 

1986 

In the Tropics, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx NY 

Soundwave NYC, City Gallery NY


1984 

Studio Artists, P.S.1 Institute for Art & Urban Resources, The Clocktower, New York NY 

From the Studio, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY

African American Artists, The High Museum, Atlanta, GADarkness, William Paterson College, Wayne NJ 

 

1983 

Juss’ Jazz, Kenkeleba House, New York NY 

 

1980 

Dimensions & Directions, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson MS

Alternatives by Black Artists, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC 

Three Views, Hardart Gallery, Washington DC 

 

 

Selected Performance Recitals

 

2013 

Postlude (Corpus Specere) & At Osiris, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY 

Liquid Gardens, Regenstein Recital Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston IL 

 

2012 

Facets, Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY 

Last Trumpet, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX 

 

2011 

The Portent, Amistad Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

2010 

Paradiso XXVII, Romanian Academy in Rome, Italy 

 

2009 

Hiving Bee, American Academy in Rome, Italy 

Freedom Suite, New Museum, New York, NY 

Invocation for Bessie Smith, P.S. 1 MOMA, Queens, NY 

 

2008 

Thunderbolt Special, Eldorado Ballroom, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX 

Songs of Hearth and Valor, Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY 

 

2005 

Solemnis, Wheaton College, Beard Gallery, Norton, MA

 

2004 

Pinewood Air, Pageant, Philadelphia, PA 

 

2003 

Recovery Blues, Faulkner Auditorium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 

Titan, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA 

 

2001 

The Still, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL

Voodoo, Zora Neale Hurston Museum of American Art, Eatonville, FL 

Solid Clouds, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN 

 

2000 

Facets, The New World Symphony of Miami, Miami, FL

Testament, Summit County Historical Society, John Brown House, Akron, OH 

 

1999 

Azure, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA 

Taperlight, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN 

 

1998 

Ohnedaruth, John Coltrane Song Cycle, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

 

1997 

Temporary Hours, Jean Toomer Song Cycle, Sculpture Center, New York, NY 

 

1996 

Last Trumpet, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York, NY 

De Jacht Zwarte Piet, Museum Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam 

 

1991 

Telefonia, Hall of Science, New York, NY

 

1990 

Lithium AZ, Rigiblick Theatre, Zurich

 

1988 

Alto Age, The Institute for Contemporary Art, London

 

1987 

Mirliton, Kulturzentrum Rote Fabrik, Zurich

 

1985 

Trance, P.S. 1, Institute for Art & Urban Resources, New York, NY

 

1983 

New Music America Festival (with Harmolodica), Washington, D.C.

 

1982 

Churinga, University of Cincinnati, School of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH

 

1981 

Fault, (with Sherman Fleming) Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C 

 

 

Public Collections

 

Tate Collection, London, England

Julius Baer Art Collection, Zurich

Art Bridges Foundation, Bentonville AR

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. 

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA

Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin TX

Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence KS

Syracuse University Museum of Art, Syracuse NY

Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH

Studio Museum Harlem, New York NY

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA

New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ

The New School, New York NY

Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark NJ

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY

Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis MO

Pérez Art Museum, Miami FL

The University of Texas, Austin TX 

 

 

Grants and Awards 

 

2014 

Monument Lab, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (grant and site specific installation in the City Hall Courtyard) Philadelphia, PA 

 

2009 

Jesse Howard, Jr. / Jacob H. Lazarus – Metropolitan Museum of Art Rome Prize 

 

2008 

United States Artists James Baldwin Fellow

 

1997 

Perspectives in African-American Art Award, Seagram Americas, New York, NY 

 

1995 

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, New York, NY 

 

1994 

Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY

 

1989 

SECCA 7 Fellowship, Winston-Salem, NC

 

1986 

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Washington, D.C. 

 

Photo: Tom Snelgrove
Photo: Tom Snelgrove