Terra Foundation-supported Events

Collection Loan: Gallery Installation

Since April 2005, the Terra Foundation of American Art has loaned works for display to the Department of American Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC). Works from the collection of the Terra Foundation and works from the Art Institute of Chicago are located together in a suite of galleries, together providing one of the nation’s most comprehensive presentations of American art.

This installation is ongoing, January 2017 to December 2017.

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George Bellows, The Palisades, 1909, oil on canvas, 30 x 38 1/8 in. (76.2 x 96.8 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.10
Exhibition: Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos

The first museum exhibition in more than six decades to explore the legacy of Charles Howard, a pivotal figure in the Surrealist and abstract art movements of the mid-twentieth century, Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos will showcase more than 50 works by the artist. Artworks drawn from museums across the country will chart Howard’s affiliations with Surrealism and abstraction, as well as his roots in the Bay Area and its influence on his work. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first-ever monographic publication on Howard, which includes new scholarship on this  under-recognized artist.

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Exhibition: Making Modernism in America and Australia: The Parallel Careers of Georgia O’Keeffe, Margaret Preston, and Grace Cossington Smith

Presented in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Making Modernism brings together for the first time the iconic art of Georgia O’Keeffe and that of Australian artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith. Though they developed highly individual styles, the artists are connected by their choice of subject; experimentation with light, color, and form; and their commitment to presenting alternative ways of seeing the world. As well as creatively reinventing the still life, each developed a distinct interpretation of place, and in so doing established new means of expressing something of the culture of their respective nations in the twentieth century. The exhibition considers similarities and distinctions in their art to bring new perspectives to light about modernism’s dispersal and reinvention as it developed beyond the metropolitan wellspring of Europe.

This exhibition is also on view at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (October 12, 2016–February 19, 2017), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (July 1–October 2, 2017), and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane (March 11–June 11, 2017).

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Exhibition: Sargent: The Watercolours

This exhibition is the first United Kingdom presentation devoted to the watercolor paintings of John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) in nearly 100 years. Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, Sargent also devoted time to developing his talent in watercolor, undertaking several painting expeditions to Europe in the early twentieth century. Free from the constraints of his studio, he was able to take inspiration from the places he visited—from the streams and glacial moraines in the Alps to the Renaissance and Baroque architecture he explored in Venice. This exhibition brings together 80 paintings from private and public collections, revealing Sargent’s idiosyncratic view of the world and the scale of his achievement.

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Exhibition/Terra Collection Initiative: Samuel F. B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” and the Art of Invention

Known today primarily for his role in the development of the electromagnetic telegraph and his namesake code, Samuel Morse began his career as a painter. Created between 1831 and 1833 in Paris and New York, Gallery of the Louvre was Morse’s masterwork and the culmination of his studies in Europe. Morse’s “gallery picture,” a form first popularized in the seventeenth century, is the only major example of such in the history of American art. For this canvas, Morse selected masterpieces from the Louvre’s collection and imaginatively “reinstalled” them in one of the museum’s grandest spaces, the Salon Carré.

The exhibition Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention, a Terra Collection Initiative, is accompanied by an anthology of the same title, published by the Terra Foundation and distributed by Yale University Press.

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Samuel F. B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, 1831‒1833, oil on canvas, 73 3/4 x 108 in. (187.3 x 274.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.51
Exhibition: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Soul of a Nation shines a light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history. The show opens with works from the early 1960s, at the height of the Civil Rights movement and its dreams of integration. Artists responded to these times by provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations. With most of the 150 artworks on display in the United Kingdom for the first time, the exhibition introduces more than 50 exceptional American artists, including influential figures such as Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Lorraine O’Grady and Betye Saar, among numerous others.

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Exhibition: Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

New York-based photographer Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is best known for his downtown nightscapes, erotic nudes, portraits of the city’s notable literati, and images of underground gay nightlife. This exhibition will consider the artist’s career, from his apprenticeship in magazine and fashion work in the 1950s and the “radical chic” city of the late 1960s, to the age of AIDS, a disease from which he died in 1987. This exhibition will draw on approximately 150 photographs from across the artist’s career to present his rich, nuanced oeuvre and distinct worldview.

This exhibition is also on view at Fundacion Mapfre, Barcelona, Spain, (January 1–May 20, 2017), the Morgan Library and Museum, New York (January 26–May 20, 2018), and the Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California (July 11–October 7, 2018).

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Exhibition/Terra Collection Initiative: Daniel J. Terra Gallery Installation

Since 2014, the Terra Foundation of American Art has loaned works for display to Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny.  Works form the Terra Foundation Collection are on display in a gallery dedicated to Daniel J. Terra. The gallery places a focus on the rich impressionist legacy of Giverny and its surrounds.  This installation features five works from the Terra Foundation Collection:

This installation is on view March 25th to November 6th, 2016; March 24th to November 2017; and March to November 2018.

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John Leslie Breck, Morning and Fog, 1892, oil on canvas, 32 x 46 3/16 in. (81.3 x 117.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.19
Exhibition: Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

Organized by the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, this exhibition focuses on how the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) first director, Alfred Barr, and curator of architecture, Philip Johnson, introduced modern design to North America. The exhibition’s narrative begins with Barr and Johnson’s travels in Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s. What they saw there was a revelation: the rejection of ornament, practiced by leading European architects—such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–had  given rise to a purity of form that Barr and Johnson would dub the ‘International Style’. The exhibition traces the development of modern design from its origins at the Bauhaus in Dessau to Barr and Johnson’s radical experiments in their homes to MoMA’s nationally influential exhibitions in the 1930s and beyond. It includes more than 100 objects—including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design—drawn from private and public collections.

This exhibition is also on view at the Davis Museum at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College (September 28–December 18, 2016) and the Kunsthalle Bielefeld (March 25–July 23, 2017).

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Exhibition: Jasper Johns: “Something Resembling Truth”

The first comprehensive survey of Jasper Johns’s work to be held in the United Kingdom in 40 years, this exhibition will feature more than 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, revealing the continuities and changes that have occurred in the artist’s career over the past six decades and the curiosity and experimentation that Johns continues to apply to his current practice.

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Exhibition: The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820

This exhibition reunites an extraordinary collection of paintings, portraits, and prints; mineral, plant, and animal specimens; scientific instruments; American Indian artifacts; and relics from the ancient world. Originally assembled in the Philosophy Chamber, an ornately decorated room devoted to the discipline of natural philosophy, this early teaching collection at Harvard College was founded in 1766. Artists, scientists, students, and advocates of American Independence—John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, George Washington, John Adams, and James Monroe, among others—came to the Philosophy Chamber to discover and disseminate new knowledge. The collection and the chamber played a vital role in teaching and research at Harvard, while also serving as the center of artistic and intellectual life in the greater New England region for more than 50 years.

The exhibition is also on view at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (

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Collection Loan: Monet’s Étretat: Destination and Motif

From the Collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, two paintings are on view in the exhibition Monet’s Étretat: Destination and MotifWilliam Henry Lippincott’s The Cliffs at Étretat and the work by George Inness, Sunset, Étretat are exhibited alongside vintage photographs, period guidebooks, and printed material providing context for the transatlantic exchange that developed between American and French artists toward the end of the 19th century.  This exhibition is on view at the Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, California, September 7–December 31, 2017.


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William Henry Lippincott, The Cliffs at Étretat, 1890, oil on canvas, 10 3/4 x 14 1/16 in., Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.173
Exhibition/Collection Loan: Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art, this exhibition examines, with new detail and insights, how Stuart Davis (1892–1964) appropriated European avant-garde painting to convey the experience of contemporary American life. Over the course of his 60-year career, the artist invented a vocabulary in which bold colors and flat, jagged forms were compressed into dense, syncopated compositions that mimic the impact of abstract billboards. By emphasizing his mature work, created after he had assimilated the lessons of Fauvism and Cubism, this exhibition argues that Davis made the European modernist styles his own and thereby created an American modernism of equal vibrancy and complexity. Stuart Davis: In Full Swing features Davis’s Super Table, from the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

This exhibition is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (June 10–September 25, 2016); National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (November 20, 2016–March 5, 2017); the de Young Museum, San Francisco, California (April 1–August 6, 2017); and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (September 16, 2017–January 1, 2018).

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Stuart Davis, Super Table, 1925, Oil on canvas, 48 x 34 1/8 in. (122.2 x 86.7 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.37
Exhibition: 10 Americans: After Paul Klee

Co-organized by Zentrum Paul Klee and the Phillips Collection, his exhibition is the first substantial show to illustrate the impact of Swiss artist Paul Klee′s work on mid-twentieth-century art in the United States. The exhibition will feature work by Klee in dialogue with William Baziotes, Gene Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin.

This exhibition will also be on view at the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC (February 3–May 6, 2018).

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Exhibition: Bruce Davidson. American Photographer

The first retrospective in the Netherlands of the work of American photographer Bruce Davidson (b. 1933), this exhibition features almost 200 photographs. Since the 1950s, Davidson has photographed vulnerable individuals trying to make their way in American society. He approaches major issues like the Civil Rights Movement, racism, violence, poverty, and immigration from a personal perspective. He was the first photographer to spend years with a street gang in Brooklyn and he traveled to the south with Civil Rights activists to take part in the Selma March. Thanks to his long-standing relationship with his subjects, Davidson’s work gives a moving insight into what the “American Dream” means to them.

This exhibition was also on view at the Fundacion Mapfre, in Madrid, Spain (September 12, 2016–January 15, 2017) and the WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie in Vienna, Austria (June 15–August 13, 2017).

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Exhibition: Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West

The first exhibition to consider mid-20th-century abstraction through its Asian-American practitioners, this exhibition brings artists of the New York School together with Asian-American artists who studied and worked in New York in the 1940s and 1950s.  It will examine the influence of Asian intellectual and artistic traditions on artists long revered as uniquely American through 45 paintings, drawings, and sculptures. By presenting the work of Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko alongside that of  Asian-American artists such as Ruth Asawa, Saburo Hasegawa, Isamu Noguchi, and Hawai‘i art icons like Satoru Abe, Isami Doi, Tadashi Sato, and Tetsuo Ochikubo, the exhibition will examine the ways in which Eastern traditions from Chinese and Japanese calligraphy to Zen Buddhism helped advance Abstract Expressionism’s aesthetic agenda.

For more information, please visit: http://honolulumuseum.org/art/exhibitions/16348-abstract_expressionism_looking_east_far_west/


Exhibition: Irving Penn

This major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn will mark the centennial of the artist’s birth, and will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist to date. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Penn mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail.

This exhibition was also on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York (April 24–July 30, 2017). It will subsequently travel to Berlin and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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