Terra Foundation-supported Events

Public Program: “Raising Products: African American and Latinx Designers”

This panel conversation will explore 19th- and 20th-century artists and designers of color and their relationship with the contemporary state of art and design. Topics will include the design process itself, and the history of Chicago art and design and its relevance to communities of color. Panelists include Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design) and Zoë Ryan (Art Institute of Chicago).

This virtual event is free and open to the public. For more information and to view the full series of  “Raising Products” programs, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-products-african-american-and-latinx-designers-tickets-92130373427 

Exhibition: Senga Nengudi: Topologies

The first large monographic show of Senga Nengudi in Latin America features works by the artist that span installation, sculpture, photography, and drawing. Nengudi was a central figure in the Afro-American scene of Los Angeles in the 1970s and became known for involving sculpture and performance in her installations. In the 1960s and 1970s, besides working with the visual arts and dance, the artist became engaged in the struggle against racial segregation and for gender equality.

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Seminar: Game Plans: Strategic Design and Positioning Methods in Chicago, 1970–

Strategic design—or the application of design methods to business planning and analysis—is a design specialization pioneered by Chicago-based industrial designer Jay Doblin (1920–1989), which saw the rise of a consumer-centered design practice. Drawing from design archives held in Brighton, Chicago, and London, Penelope Dean examines the inspirations and greater dissemination of Doblin’s game plans within an economic context and exposes the ways in which Chicago’s New Bauhaus gave way to a market-driven legacy of design practice.

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/05072020-penelope-dean-university-illinois-chicago

Exhibition: Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980

Co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this international loan exhibition presents the extensive exchange of design ideas between the United States and the Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—between 1890 and 1980. The exhibition complicates existing narratives about American and Nordic design, presenting an understudied chapter in American culture and history. The exhibition features more than 180 objects, including furniture, textiles, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, and glass, organized into six themed sections: Migration and Heritage, Selling the Scandinavian Dream, Design for Diplomacy, Teachers and Students, Travel Abroad, and Design for Social Change.

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Exhibition: Robert Morris. The Perceiving Body

In contrast to the survey model, this exhibition focuses on Robert Morris’s work made between the early 1960s and late 1970s—most, if not all, of which are considered key works of Minimal and Post-minimal art. The selected works address an artistic practice that contributed to the transformation of art making in an era of political turmoil and profound historical change.

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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 Newfields, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 7–September 13, 2020.

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Edward Hopper, Sierra Madre at Monterrey, 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