Miami

Miami

Terry Adkins

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)
61 NE 41 Street
April 1–June 28, 2018

Curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Gean Moreno

The work of the late artist and saxophonist Terry Adkins explores deep and abiding structural, aesthetic, and process-oriented relationships among sound, image, and ritual. This important survey, with catalogue texts by Alex Gartenfeld, Gean Moreno, and Kobena Mercer, among others, highlights Adkins’s contributions to sculpture, with fifty pieces created between the mid-1980s and the artist’s untimely passing in 2014. Adkins’s works are often dedicated to historical figures with strong resonances in Afrodiasporic culture, exemplified here by the exhibition’s dialogue with John Coltrane’s 1972 album Infinity, which features string arrangements by the saxophonist’s wife and longtime collaborator, pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane, composed after her husband’s death in 1967. This intermundane collaboration dovetails with Adkins’s articulation of a spiritual ecology of history. Seemingly paradoxically, Adkins’s sculptures embrace that most vital and traditional attribute of musical experience—its immateriality.