The Frist Art Museum and Fisk University Galleries present 'Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar', concurrent presentations of sculptures, prints, installations, and video by the multidisciplinary and multimedia artist and musician.
“Terry Adkins: Resounding” explores a rich body of work rooted in a love of American history and music. Through sculpture, painting, video, and personal objects, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation examines the inspiration and brilliance of Adkins and his lasting impact.
"Recital" comprises a selection of work spanning the last three decades by artist/musician Terry Adkins. Born in 1953 in Washington, DC, Adkins grew up deeply invested in visual art, music, and language. His approach to art making is similar to that of a composer, and the exhibition is conceived as a theatrical score that punctuates and demarcates space, creating interplay among pieces in different media and from diverse bodies of work. Together they act as facets of a crystalline whole, reflecting and illuminating each other in ways that amplify their intensity.
Facets — A Recital Compilation by Terry Adkins, performed November 8, 2012 at the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, presented as part of the exhibition Recital at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
Using a rigorous system of translation and notation derived from his visual practice, artist and musician Charles Gaines converts a 1993 text written by Terry Adkins into a new musical composition with accompaniment by bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, alto saxophonist Justin Robinson, and pianist Angelica Sanchez. This performance was presented in conjunction with IDEA 009: Fugitive Forms.
The first survey of Adkins' video works, this exhibition is curated by Senior Curator Kendra Paitz and made possible by generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
"Terry Adkins Recital" brings together a selection of work from the past 30 years by artist and musician Terry Adkins. Combining sculpture and live performance, Adkins has described his approach to art-making as being similar to that of a composer. His sculptures re-purpose and combine a range of materials, such as fiberglass propellers, wooden coat hangers, parachute fabric, and a variety of musical instruments in a process that the artist calls “potential disclosure,” which aims to reveal the dormant life in inanimate objects.
"Terry Adkins Recital" is curated by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, in collaboration with the artist.