Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: America After the Fall: Painting the in 1930s

During the Great Depression, American artists visualized national culture in the context of the economic depression at home, civil war in Spain, and rising fascism in Europe. This exhibition argues that the 1930s, bookended by the economic crash of 1929 and the US’s entry into World War II in 1941, was one of the most vital artistic periods for American artists in the whole of the twentieth century. Featuring approximately 50 paintings—drawn from the holdings of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as from more than 25 public and private collections—it tells the story of this economically, politically, and aesthetically turbulent decade by surveying the varied works of artists such as Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Ben Shahn, Philip Evergood, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Grant Wood.

The exhibition is also on view at the Art Institute of Chicago (June 5–September 18, 2016) and the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France (October 12, 2016– January 30, 2017)

For more information, please visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/america-after-the-fall

Exhibition: Abstract Expressionism

Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London with the collaboration of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, this exhibition explores the full breadth of Abstract Expressionism in the first survey of the movement since 1959. In the “age of anxiety” surrounding the Second World War and the years of free jazz and Beat poetry, visual artists broke from accepted conventions to unleash a new confidence in painting. The exhibition will bring together works by Pollock, Rothko, Still, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Smith, Guston and Gorky. The exhibition will also present lesser-known figures who contributed to the development of the movement and works of photography and sculpture to re-evaluate the movement that placed New York as a capital of the art world.

This exhibition was also be on view at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017).

For more information, please visit: https://www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus/en/exhibitions/abstract-expressionism/

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/Terra Collection Initiative: Not as the Songs of other Lands: Nineteenth Century Australian and American Landscape Painting

From the collection of the Terra Collection for American Art, fifteen landscapes by American artists are exhibited with landscape works from the collection of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia as Not as the Songs of other Lands: Nineteenth Century Australian and American Landscape Painting. This exhibition examines major themes that informed landscape representation during the long nineteenth century, enabling cross-cultural comparative study.

In conjunction with the exhibition,  university courses with visiting lecturers from the U. S. will be held at University of Western Australia and at the University of Melbourne.

The exhibition is on view at Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, July 30, 2016–February 5, 2017 (as Continental Shift: Nineteenth Century American And Australian Landscape Painting) and Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia, March 14–June 11, 2017.

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Alfred Thompson Bricher, Lake George from Bolton’s Landing, 1867, oil on canvas, 27 x 50 1/4in. (68.6 x 127.6cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.17
Exhibition: O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

Presented in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 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 on view at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (October 12, 2016 –February 19, 2017), Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane (March 11, 2017 – June 11, 2017), and the the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (July 1 – October 2, 2017).

For more information, please visit: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/okeeffe,-preston-and-cossington-smith

Exhibition: László Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

Co-organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Future Present is the first comprehensive retrospective of Moholy-Nagy’s work in the United States in nearly 50 years. The exhibition brings together more than 300 works to survey the career of this multimedia artist. Moholy, as he was known, came to prominence as a professor at the Bauhaus art school in Germany (1923–28). In 1937 he founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, a school that continues today as the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

This exhibition is also on view at the Art Institute of Chicago (October 2, 2016 – January 3, 2017).

For more information, please visit: http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/moholy-nagy-future-present

Exhibition: The American Dream: Pop to the Present

This exhibition presents the British Museum’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary American prints for the first time. Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition presents prints by celebrated American artists Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and others. Taking inspiration from the world around them – billboard advertising, global politics, Hollywood and household objects – these American artists created highly original prints to rival their paintings and sculptures.

For more information, please visit: http://americandreamexhibition.org/

Collection Loan: Tintamarre ! Instruments de musique dans l’art, 1860-1910 (In Concert!: Musical Instruments between the 1860s and the 1910s)

The exhibition In Concert!:  Musical Instruments between the 1860s and the 1910s includes The Violinist by Joseph DeCamp from the collection of the Terra Foundation.  This exhibition examines the representation of musical instruments in art from the nineteenth century to the early years of the twentieth century. Various musical instruments from the period will be on display.

The exhibition is on view at Musée des impressionnismes Giverny, March 24–July 2, 2017

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Joseph DeCamp, The Violinist, c. 1902, Oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 28 1/4 in. (92.7 x 71.8 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.43
Collection Loan: Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form

From the collection of the Terra Collection for American Art, a photograph by Charles Sheeler, a gelatin silver print of Flower Forms, is exhibited in Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form.  This exhibition is on view at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, March 18–July 9, 2017.


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Charles Sheeler, Photograph of Flower Forms, 1919, gelatin silver print, image: 7 1/4 × 5 15/16 in. (18.4 × 15 cm), 2015.3
Exhibition: Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light

Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light is the first exhibition on this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions in more than forty years. As early as 1919, well before the advent of consumer television and video technology, Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing the means to control and project colorful, luminous forms that have been compared to the aurora borealis—and which he referred to collectively as lumia. The exhibition features nearly half of the extant light works by Wilfred representing each phase of his career.

The exhibition will also be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018).

For more information, please visit: http://artgallery.yale.edu/exhibitions/exhibition/lumia-thomas-wilfred-and-art-light

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 Grey Art Gallery at New York University (September 7–December 9, 2017).

For more information, please visit: http://www.kunsthalle-bielefeld.de/index.php/ausstellungen/vorschau/partners-in-design-alfred-h-barr-jr-und-philip-johnson-bauhauspioniere-in-amerika-25-03-17-23-07-17/

Exhibition: Irving Penn: Centennial

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 is also on view at the Grand Palais, Paris (September 2017–January 2018). It will subsequently travel to Berlin and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Collection Loan : Georgia O’Keeffe

The exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe is organized by Tate Modern with Bank Austria Kunstforum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Over 80 works by O’Keeffe are exhibited, including Red Amaryllis from the Terra Foundation for American Art.  These works, executed from 1915 to 1963, situate O’Keeffe in the avant-garde of her time, alongside works by Ansel Adams, Mary Allen Hunter, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, John Marin, and Marsden Hartley.

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Georgia O’Keeffe, Red Amaryllis, 1937, oil on canvas, 12 x 10 1/8 in. (30.5 x 25.7 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Gift of Mrs. Henrietta Roig, C1984.1
Collection Loan: John Graham: Maverick Modernist

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, John Graham’s The Green Chair is exhibited in John Graham: Maverick Modernist. Graham’s, The Green Chair is exhibited alongside works spanning the four decades of his career.

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John Graham, The Green Chair, 1928, Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 × 28 7/8in. (100.3 × 73.3cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.60
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: Walker Evans

Organized by the Centre Pompidou, this exhibition is the first major museum retrospective of  American photographer Walker Evans’s work in France. The exhibition retraces the whole of his career, from his earliest photographs in the 1920s to the Polaroids of the 1970s. The exhibition illuminates how Evans adopted the methods or visual forms of vernacular photography in becoming, for the time of an assignment, an architectural photographer, a catalogue photographer, or an ambulant portrait photographer, while explicitly maintaining the standpoint of an artist.

The exhibition will also be presented at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (September 23, 2017–February 4, 2018).

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Collection Loan: World War I Beyond the Trenches

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Lyonel Feininger’s Denstedt is exhibited in World War I Beyond the Trenches.

This exhibition is on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2016–April 9,2017 (as as World War I and American Art); at New York Historical Society, New York, New York, May 26–September 3, 2017; and at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018 (as World War I and American Art).

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Lyonel Feininger, Denstedt, 1917, Oil on canvas, 34 3/8 x 46 5/8 in. (87.3 x 118.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1988.27
Exhibition: The Western: An Epic in Art and Film

Co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film, and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations, and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is more than cowboys and American Indians, pursuits and duels, or bandits and barroom brawls.

The exhibition is also on view at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as Once Upon a Time…The Western  (October 12, 2017 – January 28, 2018)

For more information, please visit: http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/western-epic-art-and-film


Exhibition: Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends

Organized by Tate Modern and The Museum of Modern Art, Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends is the first the first retrospective of the artist since his death. A Texan artist with a passion for the world, Rauschenberg (1925—2008) refused to accept conventional categories of what was and wasn’t art. His quest for innovation was fired by his boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for new ways of making, from painting to performance art.

This exhibition is also on view at the Tate Modern as Robert Rauschenberg  (December 1, 2016–April 2, 2017).

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