Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Participatory Arts: Crafting Social Change

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum presents Participatory Arts: Crafting Social Change, an exhibition exploring the settlement’s role as an early and influential site for the visual and performing arts in Chicago. The exhibition features artworks and artifacts from the museum and Special Collections at the University of Illinois at Chicago—many of which have rarely, if ever, been publicly displayed. Altogether, the exhibition reveals the significant impact of the historic Hull-House Settlement’s art programs—such as book-binding, ceramics, theater arts, and art therapy—on Chicago’s art and design legacy.

This exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago. For more information, please visit:


Exhibition: What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978–1998

As a follow-up to the exhibition The Figure and the Chicago Imagists, which explored the highly original expressions of the human form created by a group of Chicago-based artists in the 1960s and 70s, the Elmhurst Art Museum now presents What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998.

After the rise of Imagism, many Chicago-based artists struggled with understanding and processing the term since it was first used in the early 1970s, including those that either built on the ideas of their peers or those who sought to break free from expectations of the Imagist legacy. What Came After better defines and celebrates this later generation of artists, often labelled third-generation Imagists, Post-Imagists, and/or the “Chicago School.”

Organized by artist and curator Phyllis Bramson, What Came After features 30 paintings by artists including Michiko Itatani, Paul Lamantia, Robert Lostutter, and many more.

Funding for exhibition programming is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For more information, visit: https://www.elmhurstartmuseum.org/exhibitions/what-came-after-figurative-painting-chicago-1978-1998

Hollis Sigler, “Comes the Day of Reckoning,” 1985. Oil on canvas with painted frame, 50 x 62 in. The Collection of Victoria Granacki and Lee Wesley.
Exhibition: Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America reveals how Chicago brought cutting-edge modern design to the American marketplace on a scale unmatched by any other city. The exhibition focuses on 1930s–50s, a critical period in American history. It presents issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic and cultural context of the time and explores how the city’s hosting of the 1933-34 World’s Fair, its industries, advertising firms and mail order companies advanced modern design on local, regional and national levels. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to the mass production of affordable state-of-the-art products featuring a new urban-inspired aesthetic that furnished public and private spaces across the country.

The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, photographs and documents, many on view for the first time. The works of many celebrated designers, such as Alfonso Iannelli, Otis Shephard and Wolfgang Hoffmann will be featured. Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America is curated by Olivia Mahoney, senior curator at the Chicago History Museum.

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Exhibition: Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

This exhibition examines ecclesiastical windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his workshops between 1880 and 1920. Commissioned by churches across the United States, these works—varying from intimate portraits to monumental triptychs—feature imagery drawn from the Christian religious tradition, illustrated in figurative styles contemporary to the time. In addition to the ecclesiastical windows, the exhibition presents associated objects and ephemera that relate Tiffany’s marketing practices to his artistic innovations.

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Exhibition: Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene

Over the course of his brief career, John Beasley Greene produced a body of pictures that advanced both archaeology and photography and that continues to offer insight into the central concerns that shaped the two fields. This exhibition, the first retrospective of this photographer, contextualizes Greene’s career through new scholarship, nearly 70 rare prints and albums, and Egyptian artwork from the Art Institute’s collection. This exhibition considers the complex aesthetic and political lenses that we use to look at photography and the past, as well as the complicated relationship between photography, colonialism, and modernism.

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