Terry Adkins: Resounding at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, through February 7, 2021

“Over more than three decades, American artist Terry Adkins (1953-2014) created a pioneering body of work that blends sculpture, sound, performance, video, and printmaking. Combining deep interests in history, language, and music, he devoted his practice to upholding the legacies of larger-than-life figures, often from the canon of African American culture. Mining historical and industrial sites, archives, and his own neighborhood, Adkins would collect what others might consider detritus and carefully transform these materials into artworks of great ambition and imagination.

Terry Adkins: Resounding brings together more than forty works from across the artist’s career, from rarely-exhibited examples of Adkins’s early practice to some of his most celebrated works, with selections from several acclaimed installations on view for the first time since their original debuts. The exhibition also includes selections from the artist’s personal collection, including books, musical instruments, and objects from a diversity of artistic traditions, offering new insight into the breadth of Adkins’s literary, musical, and visual influences.” — Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Photographs by Alise O’Brien © Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Alise O’Brien Photography.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Entrance Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Terry Adkins, Divine Mute, 1998 77 x 77 x 21 ½ inches (195.6 x 195.6 x 54.6). The George Economou Collection. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Main Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Main Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Cube Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Terry Adkins, Mute, 2007-11. Single-channel digital video, silent 22:07 min. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Lower East Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Lower East Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Lower West Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Terry Adkins, Bona Fide, 2000, 86 x 86 inches (218.4 x 218.4 cm). Stencil Board. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Installation view of Terry Adkins: Resounding. Cube Gallery, Pulitzer Arts Foundation. © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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Terry Adkins, Infinity, 1972-2014. Cherokee trunk and John Coltrane. “Infinity” albums, 20 x 26 ½ x 13 ½ inches (50.8 x 67.3 x 34.3 cm). © 2020 The Estate of Terry Adkins / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation will reopen to the public on Thursday, August 13, 2020, with a special opportunity through the end of August—timed-entry reservations for groups of ten or fewer visitors to have the museum to themselves.

Images courtesy Pulitzer Arts Foundation.