Meteor Stream is the latest incarnation of Terry Adkins’ ongoing cycle of site-inspired recitals on the abolitionist John Brown that began in 1999 at the John Brown House and sheep farm in Akron, Ohio. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of his Harper’s Ferry, Virginia campaign, Meteor Stream coincides with the inception of Brown’s October 16th 1859 raid on a U.S. armory to his execution by hanging on that December 2nd at Charlestown. Adkins dutifully explores biblical aspects of John Brown as a shepherd, soldier, martyr, and prophet through a communion of sound, text, video, sculpture, drawing, and ritual actions. He has also responded to new research for Meteor Stream that reveals incredibly far-reaching ties, binding the legend of this enigmatic American figure to parallel histories of Rome, the Janiculum Hill and the American Academy in Rome.



Meteor Stream, 2010


On Friday November 27, 2009, Terry Adkins' Lone Wolf Recital Corps unveiled the world premiere of Hiving Bee Song Cycle at the American Academy in Rome in conjunction with Meteor Stream, his current installation commemorating the 150th anniversary Abolitionist John Brown's Harper's Ferry raid, trial and execution. Hiving Bee featured composers Don Byron & Lisa Bielawa, poets Peter Campion, Eliza Griswold & Turiya Adkins, musicians Anna Hepler, Martin Brody & Barry Svigals, Designer Russell Maret, Titus Adkins, Maggie Dunlap, Jack Craver, Sam, Nicolas & Allegra Brennan, and other Academy fellows, residents and audience members. Founded at Zurich in 1986, the Lone Wolf Recital Corps is a performance unit with accumulative and rotating membership. It employs various combinations of music, text, actions and poetry to reclaim, activate and amplify the subjects of Adkins' historically based multi media installations. The Lone Wolf Recital Corps has performed at PS1 MOMA, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the New Museum, New York, ICA London, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, ICA Philadelphia, and The New World Symphony Miami among others.



Hiving Bee, 2010

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