Terra Foundation-supported Events

Terra Collection Initiative: Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray

From the Terra Foundation Collection, Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent, later Mrs. John Murray) from 1770–72, by John Singleton Copley is exhibited at the Cape Ann Museum.  Co-organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Cape Ann Museum, and The Sargent House Museum, the exhibition Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray  focuses on the contributions and legacy of writer, philosopher, and woman’s rights advocate Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820).  The portrait of Judith Sargent Murray is featured alongside manuscripts, letters, and personal artifacts.

The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Sargent House Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray  is on display at the Cape Ann Museum Gloucester, Massachusetts  September 28, 2019–March 31, 2020.

For more information visit: https://www.capeannmuseum.org/exhibitions/our-souls-are-nature-equal-yours-legacy-judith-sargent-murray/

John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent, later Mrs. John Murray), 1770–72. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2000.6
Terra Collection Initiative: 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 2020 to December 2020.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.artic.edu/

Lilly Martin Spencer, The Home of the Red, White and Blue, c. 1867‒1868, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2007.1
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
Symposium: “American Art of the Sixties”

The symposium aims to shed new light on American art of the Long Sixties by furthering research that places artworks, artists, and art production within a transnational context. The two-day event features ten national and international scholars grouped into five thematic sessions, a keynote speaker, and a roundtable discussion. The invited scholars examine how visual and material forms generate meanings within different geographical and cultural contexts, drawing on social art-historical, poststructural, and formal methodologies, thus bridging what Joshua Shannon, Jason Weems, and Jennifer Roberts have discussed as the “Americanist-Modernist divide.” Recuperating various transnational contexts that provide new interpretations of Sixties art, the symposium explores why some of these meanings have become dominant while others were lost as the artworks traveled through time and space.

The symposium will be delivered online via Zoom. No events are taking place on the Texas A&M University campus. For more information, please visit:


CANCELED: Dialogue: “Regarding Black Modern Subjectivities”

In this conversation, Dr. Sarah Fila-Bakabadio and Dr. Amy M. Mooney will discuss how photography contributed to the formation of black modern subjectivity and consider the vital role that black photography played in creating racial consciousness and fighting against discrimination.

Dr. Mooney will share new research from “Say It with Pictures: Chicago’s African American Photographers 1890–1930,” a digital humanities project that she launched in collaboration with photo-historian Dr. Deborah Willis. Drawing its title from a 1933 publication that sought to counter the omission of African American contributions to the Chicago World’s Fair, the photographs of “Say It with Pictures” detail the cultural and economic achievements made by black Chicagoans.

Dr. Fila-Bakabadio will expand the discussion with a case study of the black cosmetics market boom in the early twentieth century. She will consider the role played by images of black bodies in these advertisements and how they forged positive representations of blackness that still impact women in the black Atlantic.


  • Sarah Fila-Bakabadio, Associate Professor, CY Cergy Paris Université
  • Amy Mooney, Associate Professor, Columbia College Chicago and Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art, University of Oxford

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP to: information@terraamericanart.eu

CANCELED: Study Day: “Picturing Tomorrow: Future-directed Imagination in American Art”

This study day aims to explore the trajectory of future-directed imagination in American art from the eighteenth century to the 1980s.

How do we understand the concept of the future? Is it inevitable and shaped by a long sequence of events and interconnected chance occurrences? Or do we conceive of it as something that is determined by our actions and decisions in the present day? Is it a pure potentiality, a promise of a radically different world and yet unimaginable existence? Or is it something that is forever unreachable, something that defines our experience of the present as a perpetual state of deferral and transience?

Historically, these questions have inspired a variety of political, cultural, and discursive formulations that have informed different, period-specific concepts of the future. In this regard, art has been instrumental in giving form to the shifting definitions of the future—a few examples include nineteenth-century visions of territorial, economic, and epistemological progress; an understanding of the future as a rapture, inherent in the historical avant-gardes’ reliance on the strategies of shock and estrangement; or postmodernist emphasis on immanence as a means to constantly retrieve the future moment into the political and social arena of today.

The event is organized by Tatsiana Zhurauliova, Terra Foundation for American Art Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow at the Université Paris Nanterre and Université Paris Diderot, in collaboration with these affiliated institutions.

The program is available in English and French.

For more information, please visit: https://www.parisnanterre.fr/actualite-de-la-recherche/journee-d-etude-representer-demain-l-imagination-de-l-avenir-dans-l-art-americain-948296.kjsp

Rockwell Kent, Flame, 1928. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1996.28. Rights courtesy of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved.
Seminar: Packaging Environments: The Art and Design Program at the Container Corporation of America

Known for funding and supporting the New Bauhaus in Chicago, the Container Corporation of America (CCA) had its own extensive art and design programs. In this presentation, Robin Lynch (PhD Candidate in Art History at McGill University) explores the CCA’s first poster program, led by designer Egbert Jacobson during the mid1930s to the early 1940s. By tracking themes such as natural resources, weather, and resilience which appear across posters, Lynch situates these environmental themes in relation to the beginnings of the CCA’s box industry and how design has historically served as a medium through which to construct and communicate space.

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/03122020-robin-lynch-mcgill-university

Exhibition: Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

This exhibition examines ecclesiastical windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his workshops between 1880 and 1920. Commissioned by churches across the United States, these works—varying from intimate portraits to monumental triptychs—feature imagery drawn from the Christian religious tradition, illustrated in figurative styles contemporary to the time. In addition to the ecclesiastical windows, the exhibition presents associated objects and ephemera that relate Tiffany’s marketing practices to his artistic innovations.

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Public Program: “Here Is a Man Who Stood Up,” An Afternoon With Ed Paschke

“Here Is a Man Who Stood Up” is an immersive experience that uses archival objects, never-before-seen footage, and re-stagings to animate the life and work of lifelong Chicago artist Ed Paschke.  Paschke (1939–2004) was known for his dark version of Pop Art, which featured American icons painted in nightmarish, lurid neon colors.

The program is presented by Media Burn Archive and is hosted by Paul Durica, Director of Exhibitions at the Newberry Library. Rare archival items and ephemera are presented by Northwestern University’s Jason Nargis. The program includes screenings of Tommy “Chicago” Palazzolo ’s short film The Tattooed Lady of Riverview and Chicago-based producer Jamie Ceaser ’s documentary Ed Paschke: The Artist Behind the Mask. Lastly, the multi-disciplinary event features a “virtual” true crime tour inspired by Paschke and led by Durica.

For more information, visit https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egxm6afja568c7d9&oseq=&c=9372a8d0-96de-11e6-bdd5-d4ae527599c4&ch=9384d140-96de-11e6-bdd5-d4ae527599c4

Exhibition: Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America reveals how Chicago brought cutting-edge modern design to the American marketplace on a scale unmatched by any other city. The exhibition focuses on 1930s–50s, a critical period in American history. It presents issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic and cultural context of the time and explores how the city’s hosting of the 1933-34 World’s Fair, its industries, advertising firms and mail order companies advanced modern design on local, regional and national levels. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to the mass production of affordable state-of-the-art products featuring a new urban-inspired aesthetic that furnished public and private spaces across the country.

The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, photographs and documents, many on view for the first time. The works of many celebrated designers, such as Alfonso Iannelli, Otis Shephard and Wolfgang Hoffmann will be featured. Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America is curated by Olivia Mahoney, senior curator at the Chicago History Museum.

This exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago. For more information: