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Terry Adkins: Infinity Is Always Less Than One

On view May 17 – Sep 23, 2018

“Terry Adkins: Infinity is Always Less Than One” is a major thematic survey highlighting the artist’s crucial contributions to the medium of sculpture and cultural protest, featuring major installations that have not been viewed in decades.

One of the great conceptual artists of the 21st century, Terry Adkins was renowned for his pioneering work across mediums, which were often inspired by or refer to significant black cultural figures who have been under-represented throughout history. The exhibition explores significant periods and influences in the artist’s career, beginning with transitional hand-wrought sculptures and continuing with his major immersive installations.

Known for his deep engagement with the collective rituals of musical performance and “abstract portraits” of African American luminaries who have often been relegated to the historical margins and erasure, Terry Adkins (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.; d. 2014, New York) was a New York-based artist and musician. His works span across multiple media, including sculpture, drawing, site-specific installation, photography, video, and performance. His often elegiac and always resonant objects, which are the focus of this exhibition, challenge dominant historical narratives, and set us to think of ways of being and moving in the world that rely on deep and long views of displacement and the sociability and community that happen despite it. These objects, deftly assembled, remind us, too, of the immaterial legacies that are passed on through ritual and sound.

“Terry Adkins: Infinity Is Always Less Than One” is organized by ICA Miami and curated by Alex Gartenfeld, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and Gean Moreno, Curator of Programs.

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Image of Terry Adkins, Greater Deeps (from Firmament RHA), 1995
Terry Adkins, Greater Deeps (from Firmament RHA), 1995. Tin, wood. © The Estate of Terry Adkins, New York.
Installation detail of Terry Adkins, Buffet Flat (from Belted Bronze), 2007-2008
Terry Adkins, Buffet Flat (from Belted Bronze), installation detail, 2007-2008. Silver bowls and utensils (some modified), glass marbles, leather case, honey, nylon single sided flags, taxidermy birds, sewing machine, instrument stand, and inkjet print. Courtesy Lévy Gorvy, New York. Photo: David Broda, Syracuse University Photo and Imaging Center.
Terry Adkins, Audience (from Belted Bronze), installation detail, 2007-2008. 28 framed drawings and peacock. Courtesy Lévy Gorvy, New York. Photo: David Broda, Syracuse University Photo and Imaging Center.
Terry Adkins, Buffet Flat (from Belted Bronze), installation detail, 2007-2008. Silver bowls and utensils (some modified), glass marbles, leather case, honey, nylon single sided flags, taxidermy birds, sewing machine, instrument stand, and inkjet print. Courtesy Lévy Gorvy, New York. Photo: David Broda, Syracuse University Photo and Imaging Center.