Terra Foundation-supported Events

International Conference: “Networks, Museums and Collections. Surrealism in the United States”

Initially, Breton and the surrealists, in their understanding of themselves as an international avant-garde, literally did not have the United States on their map, as their famous Le monde au temps des surréalistes from 1929 attests. Nonetheless, surrealism found early institutional and economic recognition in the US, already in the early 1930s. In November 1931, the first exhibition of surrealist art in the United States, Newer Super Realism, took place at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Beginning in 1931, the Julien Levy Gallery in New York gave Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, and René Magritte the opportunity to have their first exhibitions in the United States, while at the same time American artists such as Man Ray, Joseph Cornell, Walter Quirt, and Lee Miller were also exhibiting in this gallery. During World War II, when many surrealist artists were exiled in the US, surrealist exhibitions, objects, publications, and supporters contributed further to propagating and propelling new hybrid forms across the country, from Los Angeles to Chicago and beyond, well into the postwar period.

Academic advisory board:

  • Julia Drost (DFK Paris)
  • Fabrice Flahutez (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • Anne Helmreich (College of Fine Arts, Texas Christian University)
  • Susan Power (independent scholar)
  • Martin Schieder (Universität Leipzig)

For more information, please visit: https://dfk-paris.org/fr/page/le-surr%C3%A9alisme-aux-%C2%90%C3%A9tats-unis-surrealism-usa-1807.html

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 2017 to December 2017.

For more information, please visit http://www.artic.edu/collections/art-institute-chicago-and-terra-foundation-american-art.

George Bellows, The Palisades, 1909. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.10
Workshop: Terra Foundation Research Workshop

Looking at the role played by commerce, mechanisms of display, and promotional strategies in late nineteenth and early twentieth century art and visual culture in the United States, this workshop will provide the opportunity to discuss key issues in current doctoral research on American art. Special attention will be given to the challenges and methodologies pertaining to the exploration of American art in a global context. The first session will focus on the following projects:

  • Tomas Wilfred (1889–1968): The Avant-garde of Intermedia
    Pierre-Jacques Pernuit, PhD candidate, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Commercializing Culture: The Display of Art in French, British and American Department Stores
    Sara Tarter, PhD candidate, University of Birmingham
  • Towards a Global Approach to Objects: French and American Decorative Arts at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (1876–1915)
    Étienne Tornier, PhD candidate, Université Paris Nanterre
  • Historiography and Reception of Impressionism in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
    Hadrien Viraben, PhD candidate, Université de Rouen

Presentations will be followed by a collegial discussion open to the public.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by December 1 to:
[email protected]

Exhibition: Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968–1975

Chicago-based artist Barbara Jones-Hogu was a central figure of the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). Throughout her career she has worked in painting, printmaking, film, education, and has contributed to major projects including Chicago’s Wall of Respect mural. This is her first solo museum exhibition and features works on paper including woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints.

This exhibition is presented 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, please visit: http://museums.depaul.edu/exhibitions/upcoming/

Exhibition: Chiura Obata: An American Modern

Chiura Obata (1885–1975) was one of the most significant Japanese American artists working on the West Coast in the last century. Born in Okayama, Japan, Obata emigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. This exhibition presents an unprecedented survey of Obata’s rich and varied body of work that includes over 150 paintings and personal effects, many of which have never been on public display.

This exhibition will also be on view at  the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah (May 25 – September 2 2018), the Okayama Prefectural Museum (January 18 – March 10, 2019), and the Crocker Art Museum (June 23 – September 29, 2019).

For more information, please visit: http://www.museum.ucsb.edu/news/feature/624

Seminar: “Walter Paepcke, IDCA, and the Challenge of Design in Post-War Corporate Culture​” by Wim de Wit

Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, will discuss the tension between Walter Paepcke, a modernist designer and original supporter of Chicago’s New Bauhaus, and his contemporaries. De Wit’s discussion expose their mutual distrust and examine the role of the post-World War II designer in Chicago and elsewhere in the country. Michaelangelo Sabatino, Interim Dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will moderate the discussion.

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/01182018-wim-de-wit-stanford-university

Exhibition: Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

New York-based photographer Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is best known for his downtown nightscapes, erotic nudes, portraits of the city’s notable literati, and images of underground gay nightlife. Peter Hujar: Speed of Life will consider the artist’s career, from his apprenticeship in magazine and fashion work in the 1950s and the “radical chic” city of the late 1960s, to the age of AIDS, a disease from which he died in 1987. This exhibition will draw on approximately 150 photographs from across the artist’s career to present his rich, nuanced oeuvre and distinct worldview.

This exhibition is also on view at Fundacion Mapfre, Barcelona, Spain, (January 1–May 20, 2017), the Fotomuseum, The Hague, Netherlands (July 1 – October 15, 2017), and the Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California (July 11 – October 7, 2018).

For more information, please visit: http://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/peter-hujar

Exhibition: Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings 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 will also be on view at the National Gallery, London (June 13 – October 7, 2018).

For more information, please visit: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2018/thomas-cole

Exhibition: Jasper Johns: “Something Resembling Truth”

The first comprehensive survey of Jasper Johns’s work to be held in the United Kingdom in 40 years, this exhibition will feature more than 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, revealing the continuities and changes that have occurred in the artist’s career over the past six decades and the curiosity and experimentation that Johns continues to apply to his current practice.

This exhibition was also on view at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (September 23 – December 10, 2017).

For more information please visit:
https://www.thebroad.org/art/special-exhibitions/jasper-johns-something-resembling-truth

 

Exhibition: Bruce Davidson

Presenting the work of American photographer Bruce Davidson (b. 1933), this exhibition features almost 200 photographs. Since the 1950s, Davidson has photographed vulnerable individuals trying to make their way in American society. He approaches major issues like the Civil Rights Movement, racism, violence, poverty, and immigration from a personal perspective. He was the first photographer to spend years with a street gang in Brooklyn and he traveled to the south with Civil Rights activists to take part in the Selma March. Thanks to his long-standing relationship with his subjects, Davidson’s work gives a moving insight into what the “American Dream” means to them.

This exhibition was also on view at the Fundacion Mapfre, in Madrid, Spain (September 12, 2016–January 15, 2017)  the WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie in Vienna, Austria (June 15–August 13, 2017), and the Nederlands Fotomuseum (September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018).

For more information, please visit:
http://www.salarekalde.bizkaia.net/Exposiciones/?opcion=detalle&id=501

Exhibition: Ten Americans: After Paul Klee

Co-organized by Zentrum Paul Klee and the Phillips Collection, his exhibition is the first substantial show to illustrate the impact of Swiss artist Paul Klee′s work on mid-twentieth-century art in the United States. The exhibition will feature work by Klee in dialogue with William Baziotes, Gene Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin.

This exhibition was also on view at the Zentrum Paul Klee (September 17, 2017–January 7, 2018).

For more information, please visit:
http://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2018-02-03-exhibition-after-klee

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, 2018Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, May 13–July 22, 2018; and The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, August 5–October 14, 2018. 

For more information, please visit:
https://www.longislandmuseum.org/

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
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