Terra Foundation-supported Events

Seminar: “The Open Plan Office in the Windy City” by Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler

In the late 1960s, the open plan office concept challenged conventional office planning by radically reimagining the office as a space that could reduce hierarchy, increase communication, and support organizational change. Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, Assistant Professor of Design History at Purdue University, will argue that the city of Chicago was a vital nexus of activity in the earliest promotion and experimentation of the open plan office concept.

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://www.newberry.org/10182018-jennifer-kaufmann-buhler-purdue-university

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 Mattatuck Museum, November 19, 2017–January 28, 2018; Long Island Museum of Art, Stony Brook, New York, February 11–April 22, 2018; and the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, May 13–July 22, 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
Symposium: “In Search of the Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture”

The University of Delaware, in partnership with the Winterthur Museum, presents a symposium and workshop tracing translations of Asian art, particularly in American art and material culture. Many American decorative art forms represent design “translations,” with Americans creating new forms inspired by designs rather than actual objects from Asia.

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Colloquium: György Kepes’s Vision + Values Series and the Origins of Cybernetic Art

“György Kepes’s Vision + Value Series and the Origins of Cybernetic Art” considers the role that Hungarian American artist and writer György Kepes (1906–2001) played in the development of digital and cybernetic art internationally. As a teacher at the University of North Texas, the New Bauhaus in Chicago, and MIT, Kepes developed an integrative, interdisciplinary approach to teaching art and design. His seven-volume series, Vision + Value (published 1954–1972), featured the contributions of over 130 authors across a variety of scholarly disciplines.

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Exhibition: Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire will examine Cole’s work within a global context. The exhibition will showcase the artist’s most iconic works, including The Oxbow (1836) and his five-part series The Course of Empire (1834–36) as a direct outcome of his transatlantic career, and examine Cole’s legacy in establishing a school of 19th-century landscape art in America.

This exhibition is also on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 30 – May 13, 2018).

For more information, please visit: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/thomas-coles-journey

Collection Loan: John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age

From the collection of the Terra Collection for American Art, John Singer Sargent’s A Parisian Beggar Girl and Dennis Miller Bunker’s The Mirror are exhibited in John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age.  This exhibition is on view at the Art Institute of Chicago, June 20 – September 30, 2018.



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John Singer Sargent, A Parisian Beggar Girl, c. 1880, oil on canvas, 25 3/8 x 17 3/16 in. (64.5 x 43.7 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1994.14
Exhibition: Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1964–1973

The Music of Color presents 50 works by American abstract painter Sam Gilliam from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. The show puts the focus on the years between 1967 and 1973, the period of the greatest radicalism in Gilliam’s oeuvre. Gilliam strove to blur the widely accepted boundary between painting and sculpture, creating works recognized for monumentality and forceful use of color.

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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.

William Stanley Haseltine, Rocks at Nahant, 1864, oil on canvas, 22 3/8 x 40 1/2in. (56.8 x 102.9cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.65
Exhibition: Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space

The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo will present first full-scale retrospective of American artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) in Asia. The presentation will include his sculptures, photographs, videos and drawings. Known for “building cuts” projects in which he removed parts of floors and walls from buildings to be demolished, the exhibition will also include his work in street and performance art.

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Dialogue: “Dorothea Lange, photographe documentaire”

Ahead of the opening of Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, at the Jeu de Paume (October 16, 2018–January 27, 2019), this discussion between Abigail Solomon-Godeau, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of multiple publications on photography, and Pia Viewing, co-curator of the exhibition, will shed light on Lange’s socially engaged work made during the Great Depression and World War II in the United States.

From 1935 to 1939, Lange captured the plight of workers fleeing the Dust Bowl, when drought devastated the Midwest and its agricultural production, creating images that have since become icons of US photographic history. During the 1940s, she documented the internment of Japanese Americans and the migration of laborers who contributed to the war effort at the Richmond, California, shipyards. Lange’s commitment to such subjects offers valuable insight on this period in US history, when fundamental changes marked the social evolution of the country.

This event, held as part of the annual Semaine des cultures étrangères, organized by the Forum des instituts culturels étrangers à Paris (FICEP), is free and open to the public. It will be held in French. Please RSVP by September 24 to: [email protected] or +33 1 43 20 67 01.