Terry Adkins, Sacred Order of Twilight Brothers, 2013. Performance view, Performa Hub, 2013. Photo courtesy Salon 94, New York.
Terry Adkins, Sacred Order of Twilight Brothers, 2013. Performance view, Performa Hub, 2013. Photo courtesy Salon 94, New York.
February 13th, 2014 · Adrienne Edwards

Terry Adkins 1953–2014

We are bereft by the untimely death of Performa 13 artist Terry Adkins.

Terry was a one-of-a-kind artist, performer, musician, and educator who approached his life and work with mammoth spirit, remarkable courage, unwavering commitment, and keen wit. On November 18, 2013, during Performa 13, audiences were smitten by Terry’s indelible performance, featuring a variety of colossal eighteen-foot tall horns he invented and called Arkaphones. It was the first time these magical instruments had been showcased in New York City since the 1990s. Two days later, Terry joined his dear friend the artist Clifford Owens for the resonant and evocative Dad, one in a series of performances at Third Streaming as part of Owens's Five Days Worth.

The Performa team extends our deepest condolences to Terry’s family. We, alongside the immense number of artists who have been profoundly influenced by his work, will miss our comrade greatly.

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Terry Adkins, Sacred Order of Twilight Brothers, 2013. Performance views, Performa Hub, 2013. Photo courtesy Salon 94, New York.

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