Terra Collection Initiative: Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation

Co-organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art, Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation introduced a generation of Chinese museum-goers to a landmark selection of 130 works of art representing the full range of American art. The artworks gathered in the exhibition created a composite picture of the American experience—its myths, dreams, ordeals, and vulnerabilities. +

Art in America explored periods of colonization and expansion, articulating national and regional identities and identifying moments of rupture and cohesion. Colonial portraiture and New World landscapes explored early forms of national expression, and whimsical genre paintings and grand history paintings dialogued about class, identity, and mythology. Gilded Age visions of wealth and success hung alongside the social realism of the Great Depression, while the visual cacophony of Pop Art and the austerity of Minimalism conveyed the expanded vision of post-World War II American art. An exhibition spanning three centuries, with media as varied as painting, sculpture, installation, and video, Art in America presented the vibrant multiplicity and innovation of the American democratic experiment.

The success of Art in America sparked the interest of other venues, and the show was reconfigured for exhibition in Russia at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow before traveling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain.

Dates & Venues

February 10–April 5, 2007
National Museum of China, Beijing, China

May 1–June 30, 2007
Shanghai Museum/Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

July 24–September 9, 2007
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

October 10, 2007–April 27, 2008
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Works of Art from the Terra Foundation Collection

Publications

Davidson, Susan, ed. Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation [Chinese and English edition]. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art, 2007.

Davidson, Susan, ed. Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation [abbreviated Russian edition]. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art, 2007.

Davidson, Susan, ed. Art in the USA: 300 años de innovación [Spanish edition]. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art, 2007.

Related Content

Exhibition review: Douglas Tallack, “Art as Diplomacy,” review of Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation, Journal of American Studies 42:1 (April 2008): 141-145.


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