Museum cancels Terry Adkins' exhibition
March 31, 2014
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March 31, 2014
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ANCHORAGE MUSEUM CANCELS TERRY ADKINS’ EXHIBITION
‘Re/Marks’ exhibition extended through Sept. 14
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center has canceled Terry Adkins’ exhibition “Nutjuitok (Polar Star).” The exhibition, originally scheduled to open this week, was still in development when Adkins died Feb. 7 from heart failure.
“While the exhibition cannot happen as scheduled, we will work with Terry’s family, friends, students and colleagues to see that the Arctic work is shown in the way Terry would have wanted it, whether it be here or elsewhere in the world,” said Anchorage Museum Director Julie Decker.
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 artwork was scheduled to debut in “Nutjuitok (Polar Star)” Friday, April 4 at the Anchorage Museum. Instead the museum will extend the popular “Re/Marks” Alaska Native contemporary art exhibition through Sept. 14.
The New York Times recently dubbed Adkins “a newly minted breakaway star.” His 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.
Find a complete obituary at nytimes.com.
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