Artist Terry Adkins, slated for spring Anchorage Museum exhibit, dies
February 10, 2014
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Feb. 10, 2014
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ARTIST TERRY ADKINS, SLATED FOR SPRING ANCHORAGE MUSEUM EXHIBIT, DIES
Adkins explored the Arctic Circle, researching the story of African American explorer Matthew Henson
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – We at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center are saddened by the death of Brooklyn artist Terry Adkins, whose solo exhibition is scheduled to open at the Anchorage Museum April 4. Adkins died Feb. 7 from heart failure. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Adkins visited Alaska in July 2011 during a monthlong artist residency at the Anchorage Museum made possible through United States Artists, a program supported by the Rasmuson Foundation.
During this time Adkins re-examined the story of Matthew Henson, an African American explorer and associate of Robert Peary who accompanied him on the race to the North Pole in 1909. Although Peary received many honors, Henson spent the next 30 years working in obscurity as a customs clerk.
As part of his residency, Adkins traveled to the Arctic Circle and researched Henson’s immersion in Inuit culture. The resulting exhibition, “Nutjuitok (Polar Star),” is scheduled to open at the Anchorage Museum April 4. The Anchorage Museum has not made a decision regarding the showing of “Nutjuitok,” which was in development and being prepared for shipping to the museum at the time of Adkins’ death.
The Anchorage Museum will send a news release when an exhibition status update is available.
Adkins’ work is in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. He was known for melding sculpture, music, video, literature and ritual to preserve the legacies of his subjects, who have included Sojourner Truth and Ralph Ellison. He was an art professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. An obituary for Adkins appears at galleristny.com.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history, science and culture. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org.