Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Peter Saul: Pop, Funk, Bad Painting and More

Consistently attentive to the chaos of the world, Peter Saul has engaged with some of the most sensitive issues of the 20th and 21st centuries. Covering his career since the late 1950s to the present day, the exhibition brings together more than 70 paintings, many previously unseen, as well as a collection of archival material. Despite the fact that Saul’s work reflects major movements of the 20th century, including Pop, Funk, and Bad Painting, the artist resists such categorizations of his work. Instead, Saul’s defiant style established a new form of historical painting that revolted against standards and served as a model for a generation of painters.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.lesabattoirs.org/expositions/peter-saul

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 21, 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
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.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.akvarellmuseet.org/en/exhibition/nancy-spero

Book Launch: Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon

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.

One year later, Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon, a publication documenting the event and exploring the work of the marathons’s participants, is unveiled on the /Dialogues stage at EXPO CHICAGO 2019. Published by the Terra Foundation for American Art and distributed by The University of Chicago Press, Creative Chicago features transcribed texts of Obrist’s conversations alongside photographs from the event, including the original stage installation designed by Chicago artist Barbara Kasten.

Elizabeth Glassman (Terra Foundation for American Art President + CEO), Alison Cuddy (Chicago Humanities Festival Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director), and Barbara Kasten and Edra Soto (artists and marathon participants) offer remarks prior to a book signing.

For more information: https://www.expochicago.com/programs/dialogues#SUNDAY

Dialogue: “Prehistory against the Empire: Three American Artists (Oldenburg, Smithson, Morris)”

If modernity is considered in relation to the images it has created of prehistory, one could wonder whether artists in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s invented a prehistory that would be specific to them. In this dialogue with Céline Flécheux, Maria Stavrinaki extends the hypotheses of her book Saisis par la préhistoire. Enquête sur l’art et le temps des modernes (Les presses du réel, 2019) and the exhibition Prehistory, A Modern Enigma (Centre Pompidou, 2019), which she co-curated. The discussion will examine how artists Claes Oldenburg, Robert Smithson, and Robert Morris employed the prehistoric imagination as a tool to critique the American empire and the dawn of the atomic age.

Speakers:

  • Céline Flécheux, Lecturer, Université Paris Diderot
  • Maria Stavrinaki, Associate Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by September 23 to: [email protected]

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.

George Bellows, The Palisades, 1909. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.10
Exhibition: Gegen Den Strich: Chicago Calling

Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren outside Munich, Germany, presents Gegen Den Strich: Chicago Calling, or “Against the Line: Chicago Calling,” an exhibition showcasing the work of 10 outsider artists—Henry Darger, William Dawson, Lee Godie, Mr. Imagination, Aldo Piacenza, Pauline Simon, Drossos Skyllas, Dr. Charles Smith, Wesley Willis, and Joseph Yoakum—who lived and worked in Chicago.

Overall, the exhibition highlights Chicago’s history of robust recognition and acceptance of self-taught art and artists by unearthing the common themes throughout the artists’ bodies of work in addition to the commingled histories of the curators, dealers, collectors, and appreciators who embraced outsider art genre in Chicago.

The exhibition is curated by Kenneth C. Burkhart (independent curator) and Lisa Stone (Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and was originally presented at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art from June 29, 2018–February 10, 2019. It travels next to the Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne, March 12–August 30, 2020) and the Outsider Art Museum (Amsterdam, October 7, 2020–May 24, 2021).

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

GEGEN DEN STRICH: Chicago Calling

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.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.schirn.de/en/exhibitions/2019/lee_krasner/

Exhibition: Nam June Paik: The Future is Now

This exhibition presents the work of the American Korean artist Nam June Paik as a key figure of the 20th-century avant-garde movement. Paik’s experimentation with video, television technology, and large-scale installations not only situated him as a pioneer of interdisciplinary artistic practice, but also earned him the title of “the father of video art.” Born in South Korea in 1932, Paik moved first to Japan and eventually moved to Germany to study music. In Germany, he encountered musicians, composers, and experimental artists including John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Joseph Beuys, all of whom would become Paik’s life-long collaborators. In 1964, Paik immigrated to the United States where he became involved in the New York avant-garde and Fluxus, an informal international group of experimental artists. Over the next 30 years, Paik remained at the forefront of video and new media practice, collaborating with artistic and cultural figures such as Merce Cunningham, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie, as well as engineers and broadcasters.

This exhibition will also travel to the Stedelijk Museum (March 2020–August 2020), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (November 2020–January 2021), SFMOMA (March 2021–July 2021), and the National Gallery Singapore (September 2021–January 2022).

For more information, please visit:

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/nam-june-paik

Collection Loan: Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, exhibits paintings and works on paper by Edward Hopper alongside rarely seen diaries and postcards.

From the Terra Foundation Collection, two works are exhibited, Edward Hopper, Sierra Madre at Monterrey and Charles Demuth, Rue du singe qui Pêche.  This exhibition is on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, October 26, 2019–February 23, 2020 and Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 4–September 13, 2020.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/edward-hopper-american-hotel/

Edward Hopper, Sierra Madre at Monterey, 1943, watercolor with touches of wiping, over a charcoal underdrawing, on heavyweight textured ivory wove watercolor paper, 21 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (54.0 x 75.6 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1994.18
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

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

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