Terra Collection Initiative: Art Across America

The first major survey of historical American art mounted in South Korea, Art Across America featured 120 American paintings and six vignettes of decorative arts and design drawn from four U. S. collections. Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art in collaboration with the National Museum of Korea, the exhibition offered Korean audiences a unique perspective on three centuries of American art and identity: from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the countryside to the city, and from the colonial era to the modern period. The exhibition was accompanied by a scholarly symposium and a series of lectures, other educational programming, and a major publication featuring texts in Korean and English, the first book on historical American art to be published in South Korea. Distributed by the Cultural Foundation of the NMK, the publication has become the premier American art textbook in Korea. Over 100,000 visitors attended the exhibition.

Dates & Venues

February 4–May 19, 2013
National Museum of Korea, Seoul, South Korea

June 17–September 1, 2013
Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea

Works of Art from the Terra Foundation Collection


Woolim, Kim, Kim Jinmyung, and Yang Songhyok, eds. Art Across America. Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2013.

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