Terra Foundation-supported Events

Collection Loan: World War I and American Art

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

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

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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
Collection Loan: Henry James and American Painting

The exhibition Henry James and American Painting explores the intersection between Henry James’s friendships with American artists and his literary work. From the Terra Foundation Collection, the painting The Green Hat, by Lilla Cabot Perry, the wife of James’s childhood friend, is exhibited along with a selection of photographs, manuscripts, books and letters.  This exhibition is on view at the Morgan Library & Museum, June 9–September 10, 2017 traveling to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, October 19, 2017–January 21, 2018.

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Lilla Cabot Perry, The Green Hat, 1913, Oil on canvas, 33 3/4 x 26 1/4in. (85.7 x 66.7cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1987.25
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: Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

Co-organized by the Jewish Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, this exhibition will offer a reconsideration of artist Florine Stettheimer through more than 50 paintings and drawings, a selection of costume and theater designs, photographs and ephemera, and critically acclaimed poems. Revealing Stettheimer’s singular and often satiric vision and significant role in American modern art, the exhibition will highlight the artist’s distinctly personal style of painting, Stettheimer’s position amidst New York’s artistic elite and avant-gardes, and her continued influence on artistic practice today.

The exhibition is also on view at the Jewish Museum, New York City (May 5–September 24, 2017).

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Exhibition: Once upon a time… The Western. A new frontier in Art and Film

Co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this is 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 450 paintings, sculptures, installations photos and numerous film excerpts, 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 Denver Art Museum, Denver Colorado, as The Western: An Epic in Art and Film (May 27–September 10, 2017).

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Collection Loan: Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Jane Peterson’s Marché aux Fleurs is exhibited in Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad. This exhibition is also on view at the Long Island Museum of Art, Stony Brook, New York, February 11–April 22, 2018; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, May 13–July 22, 2018; and The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, August 5–October 14, 2018.

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Jane C. Peterson, Marché au Fleurs, 1908, oil on canvas, 17 1/8 x 23 1/8 in. (43.5 x 58.7 cm), 1994.17
Exhibition: Peter Saul

This exhibition will be the first comprehensive presentation of artist Peter Saul (b. 1934) in Germany. Saul’s idiosyncratic style draws on Pop Art, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Chicago Imagism, and California Funk in its explorations of American politics and pop culture. He shared Pop Art’s interest in the banal, the consumer society, and the cheerful imagery of comics in bright attractive colors. Deliberately provocative, Saul’s paintings explore the American dream with extravagant humor and harsh criticism.

This exhibition was also on view at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany, (June 2–September 3, 2017).

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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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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 2018 to December 2018.

For more information, please visit http://www.artic.edu/collections/art-institute-chicago-and-terra-foundation-american-art.

Charles Courtney Curran, Lotus Lilies, 1888, oil on canvas, 18 x 32 in. (45.7 x 81.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.35
Exhibition: Walker Evans

This major retrospective of seminal photographer Walker Evans views his work through the lens of one of his obsessions — the American vernacular, or the language of everyday life found in roadside attractions, postcards, storefronts, and signage across the country.Over five decades, Evans’s powerful images responded to and reflected the spirit, suffering, and fortitude of a nation. His iconic images of the Great Depression and his postwar photo essays depicting shop window displays, urban architecture, and junked automobiles defined a new documentary style that continues to influence generations of artists.

The exhibition was also be presented at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (April 26, 2017–August 14, 2017).

For more information, please visit: https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/walker-evans/

Exhibition/Collection Loan: Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England

Developed around two iconic Homer paintings—the Worcester Art Museum’s The Gale (1883–93) and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Hark! The Lark (1882)—the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England explores the artist’s time in Cullercoats, England, in 1881 and 1882. Jointly coordinated by Worcester and Milwaukee, the exhibition features the most comprehensive group of oils made during or emerging directly from Homer’s time abroad. Shown alongside comparative paintings by English artists, these works complicate our understanding of Homer’s art as purely American in subject and style.  From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Winslow Homer’s Perils of the Sea and The Nurse are exhibited.

This exhibition is also on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (March 2–May 20, 2018).

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Winslow Homer, The Nurse, 1867, oil on panel, 19 x 11 in. (48.3 x 27.9 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.74
Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

This exhibition explores the life, work and legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), presenting the artist’s best-known photographs alongside work that has never been published. The exhibition covers Mapplethorpe’s origins in the downtown New York scene in the 1970s, through his rise to fame as a photographer in the early 1980s, to his centrality in the so-called Culture Wars in 1989, the year of his death.

The exhibition is also on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (March 20–July 31, 2016).

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Exhibition James Rosen­quist: Paint­ing as Im­mer­sion

This retrospective ex­hi­bi­tion of Pop Art icon James Rosen­quist (1933–2017) will present his massive works in the context of their cul­tu­r­al, so­cial, and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions. Along with archival mate­rials and doc­u­ments de­sig­nat­ed by the artist as source ma­te­rials, some of which have not previously been ex­hi­b­it­ed, the show will re­veal Rosen­quist’s marked in­ter­est in history and the political events of his time.

This exhibition will also be on view at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (April 14–August 19, 2018).

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Exhibition: William Blake in the Age of Aquarius

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius  considers parallels between English artist and author William Blake’s time and mid-twentieth-century America, touching on such issues as political repression, social transformation, and struggles for civil rights. Blake’s protests against the conventions of his day were inspirational for many young Americans disillusioned by perceived cultural tendencies of social uniformity, materialism and consumerism, racial and gender discrimination, and environmental degradation. This generation sought in Blake a model of independence, imagination, and resistance to authority. The exhibition will feature American artists for whom Blake was an important inspiration and will include more than 130 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and posters, as well as original Blake prints and illuminated books from collections throughout the United States.

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Exhibition: Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968–1975

Chicago-based artist Barbara Jones-Hogu was a central figure of the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Throughout her career she has worked in painting, printmaking, film, education, and has contributed to major projects including Chicago’s Wall of Respect mural. This is her first solo museum exhibition and features works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints.

This exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

For more information, please visit: http://museums.depaul.edu/exhibitions/upcoming/

Exhibition: Bill Walker: Urban Griot

William “Bill” Walker (1933 – 2011), was a prolific muralist best known for creating the iconic Wall of Respect on Chicago’s South Side in collaboration with the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC). Urban Griot highlights Walker’s artwork beyond the wall, spanning three series of drawings and several small paintings that he made between 1979 and 1984. The artwork, borrowed from Chicago State University’s collection, is a forceful documentation of the ills of Black urban society that still prevail today.

The exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

For more information, please visit: http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibition-archive/bill-walker-urban-griot/

Exhibition: Chiura Obata: An American Modern

Chiura Obata (1885–1975) was one of the most significant Japanese American artists working on the West Coast in the last century. Born in Okayama, Japan, Obata emigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. This exhibition presents an unprecedented survey of Obata’s rich and varied body of work that includes over 150 paintings and personal effects, many of which have never been on public display.

This exhibition will also be on view at  the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah (May 25 – September 2 2018), the Okayama Prefectural Museum (January 18 – March 10, 2019), and the Crocker Art Museum (June 23 – September 29, 2019).

For more information, please visit: http://www.museum.ucsb.edu/news/feature/624

Collection Loan: Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, Promise

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, George Caleb  Bingham’s, The Jolly Flatboatmen is exhibited in Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, Promise.  This exhibition is on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art, December 9, 2017 – July 8, 2018.



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George Caleb Bingham, The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1877-78, oil on canvas, 26 1/16 x 36 3/8 in. (66.2 x 92.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.15
Terra Collection Initiative: Gallery Installation

Three works from the Terra Foundation for American Art are on loan for two years to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Exhibited in the permanent collection galleries are Charles Courtney Curran’s, In the Luxembourg (Garden), 1889,  Childe Hassam’s, French Peasant Girl, 1883, and Maurice Prendergast’s, The Luxembourg Garden, Paris, 1890-94.  These works by American artists are on loan in conjunction with a visiting professorship at the University of Oxford.

For more information visit: http://www.ashmolean.org/

Childe Hassam French Peasant Girl, c. 1883, Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (54.9 x 35.2 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1989.21