Terra Foundation-supported Events

Creative Chicago: Arts and the City

On September 29, 2018, Hans Ulrich Obrist—artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London and one of the world’s leading art curators and critics, known for his long-form, dynamic interview marathons—led his first U.S. marathon in partnership with Art Design Chicago, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and EXPO CHICAGO. Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon was a multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary look at creativity in the city, past, present and future. Through a wide-ranging dialogue with artists, authors, architects, and others representing Chicago’s diverse creative community, the marathon examined the forces that have and continue to make Chicago a creative powerhouse.

To kick off Chicago’s fall cultural season, the Chicago Humanities Festival returns to the central question of Creative Chicago: “What does Chicago need?” Through a set of conversations, digital polling, and interactive experiences, this daylong program considers how the city’s residents and cultural institutions can develop empathy and friendship. Listed below is a full schedule of events.

12–1:30 p.m. Panel 1: The State of Arts and Culture in Chicago

What are some of the emerging ideas and trends within artistic production and cultural programming in the city? How do current practices build on previous legacies of art-making and institution building? What is the power of art-making in addressing some of the critical issues (economic development, social infrastructure, housing, segregation) in the overall development of Chicago? Eric Williams (Founder and Creative Director, The Silver Room), Chloe Johnston (writer, performer, and director), and Deana Haggag (President & CEO, United States Artists) discuss.

1:45–2:45 p.m. Breakout Session 1: The Folded Map Project

This interactive session features visual artist Tonika Johnson and architectural and urban designer Paola Aguirre.

3–4:30 p.m. Panel 2: Policies for an Arts-Driven City

What does an arts-driven city look like, and how can citizens, artists, and cultural institutions play a role in fostering it? What everyday practices and city-wide policies are required to both sustain artistic activity and ensure equitable access to the arts across Chicago? Meida McNeal (Director, Honey Pot Performance), Tempestt Hazel (Director, Sixty Inches from Center), Todd Palmer (Executive Director, Chicago Architecture Biennial), and Tracie Hall (Director of Culture Program, The Joyce Foundation) examine these questions.

 4:45–5:45 p.m. Breakout Session 2: Trading Races

Multidisciplinary artist Kenyatta Forbes shares the card game Trading Races which she developed as a way to facilitate conversations on the topic of race.

For more information: https://www.chicagohumanities.org/attend/events/

Collection Loan: Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment 

The exhibition Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment explores ecological themes including Industrialization and environmental conservation, as well as shifts in American landscape painting. From the Terra Foundation Collection, two works are exhibited, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Hunter Mountain, Twilight and Martin Johnson Heade, Newburyport Marshes: Approaching Storm.  Organized by  Princeton University Art Museum, this exhibition is on view at the Princeton University Art Museum, October 13, 2018–January 6, 2019; Peabody Essex Museum, February 2, 2019–May 5, 2019; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, May 25, 2019–September 9, 2019.

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Sanford Robinson Gifford, Hunter Mountain, Twilight, 1866. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.57
Exhibition: Chicago New Media 1973–1992

Chicago New Media 1973–1992 at the Arts Electronica Festival illuminates the history of Chicago artists and organizations that contributed to digital art and technology in the latter half of the twentieth century. Through video game artifacts, new media technologies, game stills, game consoles, virtual reality modules, and other ephemera, the exhibition chronicles the under-recognized story of Chicago’s contributions to new media art by artists working at local institutions such as the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Electronic Visualization Laboratory, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Midway Games, and more. Overall, Chicago New Media highlights the rich exchange between industry and academia during this heady time.

The exhibition is curated by Jon Cates, Associate Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and organized by Video Game Art Gallery. It was previously on view at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago from November 1–December 15, 2018.

This exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago. For more information: https://www.videogameartgallery.com/events/chicago-new-media-at-ars-electronica

Exhibition: Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise

Co-organized by Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst (Ludwig Forum) and the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna (mumok), Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise provides a comprehensive survey of the Pattern and Decoration movement (1975–1985) in the United States, which emerged among artists committed to feminist causes. This exhibition features works with wallpaper-like patterns, decorative ornamentation, and aggressively colorful compositions. Optimistic and progressive, Pattern and Decoration questioned traditional notions of art while also broaching larger sociopolitical themes in the global art scene.

This exhibition was previously at Ludwig Forum.

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Exhibition: How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s

In the mid-1960s, Chicago saw an explosion of artistic activity centred around a small group of artists who would later become known as the Chicago Imagists. Their distinct and lively visual style would go on to influence some of the most important artists of the 20th century. This exhibition focuses on 14 artists—including Roger Brown (1941–1997), Sarah Canright (b. 1941), Jim Falconer (b. 1943), Ed Flood (1944–1985), Art Green (b. 1941), Philip Hanson (b. 1943), Gladys Nilsson (b. 1940), Jim Nutt (b. 1938), Ed Paschke (1939–2004), Christina Ramberg (1946–1995), Suellen Rocca (b. 1943), Barbara Rossi (b. 1940), Karl Wirsum (b. 1939), and Ray Yoshida (1930–2009)—and features painting, objects, drawings, prints and ephemera, highlighting their individual styles as well as their shared references and moments of connection.

Having mostly studied in proximity to one another at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, they shared an enthusiasm for Surrealism and Art Brut, comic books, non-Western and self-taught artists, commercial advertising and the music, markets, sideshows, and architecture of the city in which they lived. They learned from teachers at the School of The Art Institute, and in turn their teachers learned from them. The strong bonds developed at art school kept this group of artists affiliated under the moniker “Chicago Imagism,” despite the diversity of their work. This exhibition focuses on their work from the 1960s when they first met, through to the late 1970s, when many of them moved away, both stylistically and geographically.

The exhibition is co-organized by Sarah McCrory (Director of Goldsmiths CCA) and Rosie Cooper (Head of Exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion). It was previously on view at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art from March 15–May 26, 2019.

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How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s

Exhibition: Lee Krasner: Living Colour

Organized by The Barbican Centre, this retrospective of Lee Krasner’s (1908–1984) work shines light on the pioneering painter of the New York School. Featuring various media, including painting, drawing, and collage, this exhibition features many works that have never been shown in the United Kingdom.

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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.

Beauford Delaney,untitled (Village Street Scene), 1948. Oil on canvas, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2018.2
Exhibition: Nancy Spero

Organized by Museum Folkwang, this retrospective of Nancy Spero (1926–2009) considers the artist’s use of the human figure to raise important questions about feminism, gender, and violence. The exhibition traces Spero’s career, starting with the Paris Black Paintings of the 1960s through her artistic responses to the Vietnam War and her mature work in 1990s and early 2000s. Throughout her career, Spero saw herself as a political artist that used art as a vehicle to engage with social and political issues. In order to capture the scale and scope of Spero’s oeuvre, the exhibition features approximately eighty works, including paintings, collages, and prints, and focuses in particular on her works on paper.

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Exhibition: Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975

This exhibition explores how American artists responded to international conflict during the 1960s and 70s, and how art about the Vietnam War influenced contemporary artistic practice. Works in a variety of media—including painting, sculpture, print, performance, and body art—reveal how artists engaged with ideas of conscience and civic engagement. Art by Dan Flavin (1933–1996), Leon Golub (1922–2004), Philip Guston (1913–1980), Donald Judd (1928–1994), Edward Kienholz (1927–1994), Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), Martha Rosler (b. 1943), Peter Saul (b. 1934), Nancy Spero (1926–2009), and others illustrates how artists addressed violence, power, vulnerability, empathy, sacrifice, mourning, and resistance.

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