Terra Collection Initiative: Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic

Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic was the first exhibition to examine landscape paintings from the early nineteenth century to the early twentieth in an inclusive, pan-American context. Featuring works by key landscape practitioners from across the Americas, the exhibition investigated the role of landscape painting in the formation of national identities, the study and uses of the land, and the land as a space of encounter, contest, and contemplation. +

The exhibition uncovered the interconnected history of the pan American experience while also underscoring differences in approaches towards land, people, and nationhood, tracing evolving attitudes toward the land from an ideology of territorial possession to a sense of personal belonging. Thematically organized, the exhibition placed special emphasis on the art of Argentina and the Rio de la Plata region; the Andean region, including Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela; Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

A collaboration between the Terra Foundation, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, Picturing the Americas included approximately 120 works of art comprised of loans from museums and private collections located throughout the Americas as well as from the collections of the three partner institutions. It opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario during the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada before traveling to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Pinacoteca de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dates & Venues

June 20–September 7, 2015
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

November 7, 2015–January 18, 2016
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, United States

February 27–May 29, 2016
Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Works of Art from the Terra Foundation Collection


Brownlee, Peter John, Valéria Piccoli, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, eds. Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the ArcticToronto: Art Gallery of Ontario; New Haven: Yale University Press,  2015.

Related Content

Press release: “Terra Foundation Announces Collaborative Exhibition of Landscape Paintings from across the Americas,” Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, IL, May 28, 2015

Picturing the Americas website: Picturing the Americas is accompanied by a responsive website that thoughtfully recreates the exhibition online, showcasing more than 90 paintings—which users can contextualize by theme, chronology, and geography—with texts available in four languages (English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish).

Interview with Picturing the Americas co-curators: Alexandre Dias Ramos with Peter John Brownlee, Valéria Piccoli, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, “The Exhibition as a Picture of the Americas,” Visit: Curatorial Art Magazine 1 (October 2015): 7–11.

Co-curators’ essay: Peter John Brownlee, Valéria Piccoli, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, “New Worlds, New Art: Landscape painting in all the Americas, a touring exhibition and an inquiry,” The Magazine Antiques 182:6 (November/December 2015): 72–81.

Exhibition catalogue review: Ietza Azucena Zepeda Brenes, review of Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, by Peter John Brownlee, Valéria Piccoli, and Georgiana Uhlyarik (eds.), Journal für Kunstgeschichte 20:2 (February 2016): 166–179.

Art Gallery of Ontario

  • Press release
  • Public programs
  • Exhibition review: Jamie Bradburn, “Picturing the Americas at the AGO: Exploring the landscape of the Americas from top to bottom,” Torontoist, June 17, 2015
  • Exhibition review: Christine Boyanoski, “Picturing the Americas: An Incomplete Image at the Art Gallery of Ontario,” Canadian Art, July 8, 2015
  • Exhibition review: James Adams, “AGO’s Picturing the Americas offers expansive view of a new frontier,” The Globe and Mail, July 16, 2015
  • Interview: Canadian award-winning author Joseph Boyden discusses the Picturing the Americas exhibition catalogue, Quill & Quire, July 27, 2015
  • Exhibition review: Peter Zimonjic, “Bringing the Americas Together Through Landscape,” National Gallery of Canada Magazine, August 17, 2015

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

  • Press release
  • Television segment: “Após Canadá e EUA, exposição ‘Paisagem nas Américas’ chega à São Paulo,” Metrópolis TV, São Paulo, March 3, 2016
  • Television segment: “Exposição Paisagem nas Américas chega à Pinacoteca,” Metrópolis TV, São Paulo, March 6, 2016
  • Television segment: “Mostra na Pinacoteca reúne obras de grandes artistas do continente americano,” Mix TV, São Paulo, March 7, 2016
  • Exhibition review: Ana Ferraz, “As Américas, do fogo ao gelo: A Pinacoteca paulista une-se a instituições do Canadá e dos EUA para mostrar a paisagem do continente,” Carta Capital, March 18, 2016
  • Exhibition review: Fabio Cypriano, “Paisagem nas Américas trata encanto pela natureza sem simplificação,” Folha de São Paulo, March 27, 2016
  • Radio announcement: “Veja SP Recomenda, com Helena Galante: Pinacoteca apresenta mostra Paisagem nas Américas,” Rádio CBN FM 90.5, São Paulo, March 30, 2016
  • Radio announcement: “São Paulo para Paulistanos: Exposições TIAMM SCHUOOMM CASH! e Paisagem nas Américas estão em cartaz na Pinacoteca do Estado,” Rádio Bandnews FM 96.9, São Paulo, April 8, 2016
  • Teaching with landscape paintings in Picturing the Americas: Renata Sant’Anna, “Paisagens revelam diferentes olhares através do tempo sobre o continente americano,” Carta Educação, April 25, 2016

Related Videos

The following videos are from the Picturing the Americas International Symposium held at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, on November 13–14, 2015:


The following are video interviews with scholars and curators in the Picturing the Americas exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas:

The following are video interviews with curators, scholars, and artists to accompany the Picturing the Americas exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto:

The following is a video interview with Valéria Piccoli, Chief Curator at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil, and co-curator of Picturing the Americas:


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