Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Irving Penn: Centennial

This major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn commemorates 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, New York (April 24–July 30, 2017), the Grand Palais, Paris, France (September 21, 2017–January 29, 2018), and C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (March 24–July 1, 2018). 

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Exhibition: American Masters

This exhibition tells the story of the formation of the National Gallery of Australia’s  American collection. From Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Pop, Neo-Dada and Photo-Realism, to Conceptual, Land and Performance Art, American Masters examines how a generation of young Americans challenged local traditions and reinvented modern art, inspired by European émigrés including Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian and Josef Albers. The international impact of major American artists between the 1940s and 1980s is captured in masterworks by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Chuck Close, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse and Louise Bourgeois. Highlights include paintings and works on paper by artists of the New York School and a selection of light works by Dan Flavin, Bruce Nauman, Keith Sonnier and James Turrell.

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Workshop: Archives and American Art

This workshop is the first event to launch a three-year project organized by the Centre for American Art at the Courtauld Institute and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. It is designed to develop knowledge of the archival resources relating to American art in British collections and to encourage and support research that makes use of them in all periods and by researchers at all stages of their careers.

The UK Archives project consists of a series of workshops and more informal gatherings. These are intended in the first place to provide a focus for existing work in relevant UK archives and to assess the state of current research, but they will then support the development of further work, the identification of other archives, and the development of individual projects. The project events are intended to be developmental and to encourage the formation and enhancement of archival research in the UK by scholars and doctoral researchers of US art.

In this workshop, a group of invited speakers will deliver 20-minute talks to be followed by Q&A sessions. These talks will discuss the practical, theoretical, methodological, and logistical aspects of working with archives as a context for the project and with an emphasis on archives relevant to American art. The workshop will close with a round table to consider ways forward for the project.

Organized by David Peters Corbett, Director, Centre for American Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Fiona Anderson, Newcastle University
  • James Boaden, University of York
  • Lucy Bradnock, University of Nottingham
  • John Fagg, University of Birmingham
  • Doug Haynes, University of Sussex
  • Laura Katzman, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin / James Madison University
  • Jo Pawlik, University of Sussex

Advance booking is required. To register and for more information, please visit: https://courtauld.ac.uk/event/archives-and-american-art-a-workshop

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.

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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
Collection loan: Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting

This exhibition explores Homer’s relationship to photography, including his travels with other artists and photographers during the Civil War. From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Homer’s On Guard will be exhibited in dialogue with painting, printmaking, drawing, and photography that was central to Homer’s artistic practice.  Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting is on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, June 23–October 28, 2018.  Homer’s On Guard exhibited though September 1, 2018.

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Winslow Homer, On Guard, 1864, oil on canvas, 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (31.1 x 23.5 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1994.11
Exhibition: Afro-Atlantic Histories

Co-organized by Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) and Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Afro-Atlantic Histories marks the 130th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Brazil. The exhibition features paintings that explore the history of one of the greatest forced population migrations in world history. The Atlantic became an exit route but also an arrival route: a place of exile and of birth for many diasporic populations that have shaped today’s social and cultural contexts in the Americas and the Caribbean. Artists include Robert Duncanson (1821–1872), Archibald Motley (1891–1981), Aaron Douglas (1899–1979), Lois Marilou Jones (1905–1998), and John Biggers (1924–2001).

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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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