Terry Adkins' 18 foot long horn sculptures, on display at the Tang
Unique performance by Terry Adkins to complement Tang exhibition

Nov. 8 at the Zankel: Terry Adkins and his Lone Wolf Recital Corps will collaborate with students to “activate” Adkins’ sculptures—including his 18-foot-long horns, currently on display at the Tang.

November 2, 2012

Terry Adkins, an artist known for works that combine sculpture and live performance, will bring his Lone Wolf Recital Corps to Skidmore College for a performance entitled Facets on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. The event is free and open to the public; tickets may be reserved at www.skidmore.edu/zankel.

Combining sound, video, light, costume, and spoken word, Facets will expand on Adkins’ current exhibition at Skidmore’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, as a part of his ongoing quest to bring attention to historically transformative figures who have not received their rightful place in regional and world history. The show will be a collaboration with Skidmore student musicians, including four horn players who will “activate” Adkins’ 18-foot-long horn sculptures currently on view at the Tang. Facets will be followed by student performances at the Tang inspired by Adkins’ work, 9-11 p.m.

Titled Recital, Adkins’ Tang show brings together a selection of the artist-musician’s work from the past 30 years. His sculptures re-purpose and combine a range of materials, in a process the artist calls “potential disclosure,” which aims to reveal the dormant life in inanimate objects.

Adkins also sheds light on neglected or ignored aspects in the lives of well-known figures, such as Jimi Hendrix’s military service as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne or Ludwig van Beethoven’s possible Moorish ancestry.

Adkins complements his artwork with performances of his Lone Wolf Recital Corps, a group with a revolving membership of multi-disciplinary artists and musicians that he founded in Zurich in 1986. The Lone Wolf Recital Corps has performed widely, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; American Academy in Rome; New World Symphony in Miami; MoMA PS1, New York; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

Recital, on view at the Tang through Dec. 20, is curated by Ian Berry, the museum’s associate director and Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45 Curator.