Additionally, the Terra Foundation’s grant program includes support for exhibitions that increase the understanding and enjoyment of American art. The foundation has a particular interest in exhibitions with venues that are outside the United States or in its hometown of Chicago, but also makes grants to exhibitions that encompass multi-national collaboration or that interpret American art within an international context. To make loan inquiries, please review the foundation’s loan request procedures.
Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North
Sept. 27, 2013–March 24, 2014
The American Civil War still occupies a prominent place in the national collective memory, yet books and art exhibitions have tended to focus on the war itself and its cultural impact. Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North, co-curated by the Terra Foundation’s Peter John Brownlee and Newberry Library’s Daniel Greene, concentrates instead on the Northern home front, juxtaposing an outstanding group of nine paintings from the Terra Foundation’s collection with a wealth of complementary material drawn from the Newberry Library’s collections, including popular prints, illustrated newspapers, photographs, maps, magazines, sheet music, fashion plates, letters, diaries, advertisements, and other ephemera.
Feb. 18, 2011–Dec. 31, 2014
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The extended loan of the Terra Foundation’s painting Highway, by George Tooker, will enhance an installation of artists such as Gertrude Abercrombie, George Ault, Kurt Seligman, Honoré Sharrer, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, John Wilde, and Andrew Wyeth belonging to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). The opportunity to develop additional programming as the result of the Tooker loan allows PAFA to pursue a symposium on a group of artists, including Peter Blume, George Tooker, Ivan Albright, and other Americans who used a realist method to invent their own worlds by transforming the symbolic language of Old Master painting into a contemporary idiom. These artists’ works gravitated towards the uncanny and were often called “magic realists.”
Expanded Galleries of American Art
April 1, 2005–Present
Art Institute of Chicago
Since April 2005, approximately fifty paintings from the foundation’s collection have been on loan to the Department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC). The collections of the Terra and the Art Institute are located in a new suite of galleries, and together provide one of the nation’s most comprehensive presentations of American art. The foundation’s collection of American works on paper are housed in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute. The Art Institute is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603. Appointments to view works on paper from the Terra collection may be made by calling 312.443.3660 or by emailing email@example.com.