Terra Foundation-supported Events

Seminar: “Collecting Chicago Design: Who Should Do It, When, and Where” by Paul Gehl

Paul Gehl, Curator Emeritus of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library, will discuss the history of collecting design objects and the role private collectors can play. An interactive discussion will follow.

This interdisciplinary scholarly seminar is part of the on-going academic program Chicago: City of Design and Commerce, 1890–1990, which will run from fall 2017 through fall 2018. This series offers a forum for scholars to gather, share works-in-progress, and discuss new scholarship that explores Chicago’s contributions to design history. The series is presented by the Newberry Library’s Center for American History and Culture 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 and to RSVP, please visit: https://newberry.org/02222018-paul-gehl-newberry-library

Roundtable: “Clement Greenberg Translated”

Since the 1960s, “working against Greenberg” has proven to be a productive path for artists, critics and art historians alike. Intermedial practices have undone his notion of medium-specificity as a driving force for artistic experimentation, together with the formalism it implies. Concentration on the gendered body has questioned his privileging of the visual over other forms of sensorial experience. Claims for artistic and cultural diversity have replaced his paradigm of canonical art. Art activism and participatory practices now occupy the center stage.

What, then, are the stakes in reading Clement Greenberg in French today? The release of Écrits choisis des années 1940 & Art et Culture (Éditions Macula, 2017) is an opportunity to reassess the importance of these writings when artistic and critical interests point in opposite directions. What new aspects of Greenberg’s ideas and persona does this editorial project reveal? How does it invite us to think about the impact of his ideas on artistic practices and theories in new and fresh ways?


  • Ann Hindry, Curator, Collection d’art Renault
  • Caroline A. Jones, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Katia Schneller, Associate Professor, École supérieure d’art et design Grenoble – Valence

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by February 5 to:
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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
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: 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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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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