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Nationality  American
Name  Terry Adkins
Education  Fisk University

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Full Name  Terry Roger Adkins
Born  May 9, 1953Washington, D.C.
Known for  American artist, Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania
Awards  2009 Rome Prize 2008 USA Fellows
Died  February 7, 2014, New York City, New York, United States
Books  Terry Adkins: January 22-March 28, 1999

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Terry Roger Adkins (May 9, 1953 – February 8, 2014) was an American artist. He was Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He was born in Washington, D.C.


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Early life

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Adkins was born in Washington on May 9, 1953, into a musical household. His father, Robert H. Adkins, a chemistry and science teacher and Korean War veteran, sang and played the organ; his mother, Doris Jackson, a nurse, was an amateur clarinetist and pianist. Adkins' grandfather was the Rev. Andrew Adkins, pastor of the historic Albert Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. His aunt Alexandra Alexander was a mathematician and NSA code breaker. His uncle Dr. Rutherford Adkins, a former Tuskegee Airman with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, flew 14 combat missions and eventually became Fisk University's 11th president.

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As a young man, Adkins planned to be a musician, but in college he found himself drawn increasingly to visual art. Mentored by Aaron Douglas and Martin Puryear, he earned a B.S. in printmaking from Fisk University in Nashville, followed by an M.S. in the field from Illinois State University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Kentucky.


Adkins was an interdisciplinary artist whose practice included sculpture, performance, video, and photography. His artworks were often inspired by, dedicated to, or referred to musicians or musical instruments; specific installations and exhibitions were sometimes labeled "recitals." Sometimes, these arrangements of sculptures were "activated" in performances by Adkins' collaborative performance group, the Lone Wolf Recital Corps.

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He led the Lone Wolf Recital Corps that premiering works at ICA London, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, New World Symphony, Miami, P.S.1 MOMA, and ICA Philadelphia.

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Many of his works draw from the biographies of little known historical figures; his 2011 exhibition Nutjuitok (Polar Star) is based on the life of a black Arctic explorer named Matthew Henson who reached the North Pole with Robert Peary at the turn of the 20th century. In other cases, Adkins' works focus on obscure details in the lives of seminal figures such as the African American writer, activist and sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, whose famous speech "Socialism and the American Negro" (1960) is invoked in the 2003-2008 installation Darkwater Record.

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Adkins' work has been exhibited at museums and galleries worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Tate Modern in London. In 2012 he had a major retrospective at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His work was also featured at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) in Queens, the LedisFlam Gallery in Brooklyn and elsewhere.

Death and legacy

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Adkins died of heart failure in Brooklyn, New York, in February 2014; he was 60 years old.


  • 2009 Rome Prize
  • 2008 USA Fellows
  • Exhibitions

  • 2015 Venice Bienniale, Venice
  • 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York
  • 2013 Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston
  • 2012 The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • 2009 Gallery of the American Academy, American Academy in Rome, Italy
  • 2008 NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Menil Collection, Houston
  • 2006 Gallery 51
  • 1999 Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1997 International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1995 Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York
  • 1987 Salama-Caro Gallery, London
  • 1986 Project Binz 39, Zurich
  • References

    Terry Adkins Wikipedia

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