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Unique performance by Terry Adkins to complement Tang show

October 26, 2012

Unique performance by Terry Adkins to complement Tang show

October 26, 2012

Terry Adkins, an artist known for works that combine sculpture and live performance, will bring his Lone Wolf Recital Corps to Skidmore for a performance entitled Facet 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 here.

The Adkins show Recital at the Tang
Combining sound, video, light, costume, and spoken word, Facet 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. Facet 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.


The Way to Wanakena (through Oct. 28, 2012)
This photo documentary is a thesis project on the concept of community in the Adirondack hamlet of Wanakena, N.Y., by Kristin V. Rehder, a graduate student in Skidmore College's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. Through photographic portraits and interviews, the artist investigates how community is lived, sustained, and contested in this small, yet diverse village.

We the People (through April 7, 2013)
We the People
 is a dynamic laboratory for exploring constitutions—the U.S. Constitution in particular—as lived processes, examining the way these documents create order, configure communities, and form collective identities. The show offers a series of events to help the public explore these themes, as well as a gallery for quiet reflection. For a full list of events related to the show, go to

Dance/Draw (through Dec. 30, 2012)
Dance/Draw assembles work by nearly 40 artists to explore the multilayered relationship between contemporary dance and drawing through the past 50 years. The show looks at the ways in which dancing and drawing—two eloquent forms of expression, communication, and creativity—are profoundly linked to the body.

Hearing Pictures (through Dec. 30, 2012)
This exhibition explores the relationship between hearing and seeing through a selection of drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints from the Tang collection displayed to evoke a musical score. Visitors are invited to create and record sounds they imagine in a selected work of art that rotates monthly.

Elevator Music 22: Seeing Sound (through Dec. 30, 2012)
Seeing Sound features a new composition created by Skidmore seniors Gregory Carter, a self-determined major in music and technology, and Adrienne Fuller, a self-determined major in sound and acoustics. Together, Carter and Fuller sifted through over 400 sounds created and recorded by Tang visitors in the exhibition Hearing Pictures, weaving together these individual interpretations into a single, collective composition.

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