Terra Foundation-supported Events

Selecting the Arte Útil Open Call Chicago: A global context for Chicago social practice

“Selecting the Arte Útil Open Call Chicago” is an open workshop on Monday, November 18 in which artist Tania Bruguera and members of the Asociación de Arte Útil gather to analyze case study projects from Chicago for entry into the Arte Útil archive. Participants include Stephen Wright (Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Paris), and Alistair Hudson and Leanne Greene (Asociación de Arte Útil and the Whitworth, Manchester, UK).

To RSVP, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arte-util-useful-art-case-studies-from-the-chicago-area-tickets-72625309255?utm_source=Chicago+Architecture+Biennial+Signup&utm_campaign=78c0085f9c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_11_10_30_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d763097230-78c0085f9c-270776245

 

Collection Loan: Histórias das mulheres: Artistas até 1900 (Women’s Histories: Artists before 1900)

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Summertime by Mary Cassatt is exhibited in Women’s Histories: Artists before 1900.  This exhibition will be on view at Museu de Arte São Paulo (MASP) São Paulo, Brazil, August 23–November 17, 2019.

For more information visit:  https://masp.org.br/en/exhibitions/histories-of-women

Mary Cassatt, Summertime, 1894, oil on canvas, 39 5/8 x 32 in. (100.6 x 81.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1988.25
Seminar: Three Artists: Vantongerloo, Bill and Florsheim

Georges Vantongerloo, Max Bill, and Lilllian Florsheim were practicing artists in the mid-twentieth century. Although they lived in different countries, they were friends who shared materials, ideas, and even visited one another’s studios. Through close examination of each artists’ sculptural work, Geoff Goldberg (Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago) reveals an extended period in which the three artists shared their interests, techniques, and formal ambitions despite their differing models for engaging the larger art scene. Using archival materials, Goldberg opens a discussion about the artists’ conceptual attitudes, from their personal motivations to their public personae. Overall, this lecture contextualizes the artists’ creative output within twentieth century art and design practice.

This program is part of Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890–1990 at the Newberry Library, a scholarly seminar series exploring Chicago’s rich design legacy by focusing on the many ways that designers responded to the city’s shifting trends in manufacturing and corporate culture, and presented as part of Art Design Chicago. To RSVP, visit https://www.newberry.org/11142019-geoff-goldberg

Emmet Gowin: Nuclear Test Sites

Between 1951 and 1992, the Nevada National Security Test Site endured more than one thousand nuclear blasts. Esteemed photographer Emmet Gowin reveals the impact these tests had on the land in his new book, The Nevada Test Site. The aerial photography contained within captures the breadth of the environmental changes, depicting a landscape that now looks more lunar than terrestrial. Gowin, professor emeritus of photography at Princeton University, pairs the photos with an essay about the difficult process of obtaining access to the site, and the emotions he experienced in creating the work. Join Gowin as he shares his insights into the profound and far-reaching environmental impacts of human activity.

This program is presented as part of the ongoing Terra Foundation Series on American Art at the Chicago Humanities Festival. To reserve tickets, visit https://www.chicagohumanities.org/events/emmet-gowin-nuclear-test-sites/

Harold Holzer on Daniel Chester French

Many people visiting the Lincoln Memorial find that the closer they get to the famous seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln, the more palpable the memorial’s emotional and historic aura. How was this awe-inspiring work created? In Monument Man, Harold Holzer reveals the man behind the sculpture: Daniel Chester French. It’s a story Holzer is uniquely qualified to tell: He spent 23 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while also becoming a nationally-recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln—work which he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In discussing French’s art and legacy, Holzer will bring us new insights into the artist responsible for creating many of America’s most powerful and enduring monuments, including a surprising range of both existing and lost sculptures crafted for Chicago.

This program is presented as part of the ongoing Terra Foundation Series on American Art at the Chicago Humanities Festival. To reserve tickets, visit https://www.chicagohumanities.org/events/harold-holzer-daniel-chester-french/

Dialogue: “Lee Krasner”

In this dialogue, Eleanor Nairne, curator of the exhibition Lee Krasner: Living Colour (organized by the Barbican Centre and now on view at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt through January 12, 2020), and Rachel Stella, independent scholar and filmmaker, will address the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984).

Krasner was a significant first generation Abstract Expressionist. Despite being innovative, independent, and outspoken, her achievements were long obscured by the shadow of her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

The event will begin with a screening of Lee Krasner: The Long View (1978), a documentary film by Dr. Barbara Rose, who curated the only retrospective to take place during Krasner’s lifetime. The film recounts the life of a painter who calls all of her work “autobiography”: early studies with Hans Hofmann, work on the WPA Federal Art Project, the New York art scene of the 1940s and 1950s, living with Pollock and the trauma of his early death, and growth and self-realization.

The screening will be followed by a discussion, during which the speakers will also consider the archival value of documentary film in scholarly research and exhibition display.

This event will be in English and will be recorded. Please RSVP by November 1 at [email protected]

Terra Collection Initiative: Gallery Installation

A major painting by Thomas Moran from the Terra Foundation for American Art Collection is on loan for 18 months to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon is exhibited in the permanent collection galleries devoted to British landscape painting of the 19th century. In the galleries, works by J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, and Samuel Palmer provide historical and artistic context for Moran’s painting, which was created just two years after the American artist’s visit to the UK.

This painting is on loan in conjunction with the Terra Foundation Visiting Professorships at the University of Oxford. This work will be on view from March 2019 to the Summer of 2020.

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

Thomas Moran, Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon, 1864, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 45 1/4 in. (76.8 x 114.9 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.99
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 2019 to December 2019.

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

George Bellows, The Palisades, 1909. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.10
Exhibition: Dan Flavin. Espacio y luz (Dan Flavin. Space and light)

For the first time in Colombia, this exhibition presents 18 fluorescent-tube artworks by Dan Flavin (1933–1996) that were made between 1963 and 1974, which together trace the artist’s developing interests in this unique medium. From 1963 through the remainder of his career, Flavin’s work was composed almost entirely of light in the form of commercially available fluorescent tubes that existed in ten colors and five shapes. Highlighting all of the medium’s various colors and shapes, the exhibition includes pieces such as Untitled (to you Heiner, with admiration and affection) from 1973, which were selected from Dia Art Foundation’s deep holdings of Flavin’s works. Didactic materials and the catalogue also connect Flavin’s fluorescent-tube constructions to the radical changes that took place in Colombian art during the same period. In the 1960s, artists in Medellín in particular sought to depart from the Escuela Antioqueña and its idyllic notion of the countryside in order to focus on the city as both a place for artistic production and a subject in its own right; and like Flavin, they began to explore the use of luminescent materials.

For more information, please visit:

http://elmamm.org/Exposiciones/Detalle/Id/1432

Terra Collection Initiative: Gallery Installation

A major painting by Thomas Moran from the Terra Foundation for American Art Collection is on loan for 18 months to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon is exhibited in the permanent collection galleries devoted to British landscape painting of the 19th century. In the galleries, works by J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, and Samuel Palmer provide historical and artistic context for Moran’s painting, which was created just two years after the American artist’s visit to the UK.

This painting is on loan in conjunction with the Terra Foundation Visiting Professorships at the University of Oxford. This work will be on view from March 2019 to the Summer of 2020.

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

Thomas Moran, Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon, 1864, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 45 1/4 in. (76.8 x 114.9 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.99
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