Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

Featuring over 100 key works, this exhibition will illuminate Alexander Calder’s (1898–1976) disruption of the conventional hierarchies and boundaries of fine art. This comprehensive exhibition will follow the breadth of Calder’s work through a variety of media, including sculpture, drawing, performance, and jewelry. His art will be complemented by films, photographs, and other documentation that will demonstrate the artist’s unique inventions and situate his works in their contemporary settings.

This exhibition was previously at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and will travel next to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (September 13, 2019–January 12, 2020).

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Exhibition: The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819–1900), an important art critic of the Victorian era, the National Gallery has brought together over 90 works, including paintings, watercolors, and drawings, by American artists who were influenced by Ruskin’s writing. Specifically, the exhibition will explore Ruskin’s significant impact on artists associated with a movement called “American Pre-Raphaelitism,” which peaked between 1857 and 1867 and included American artists such as Thomas Charles Farrer (1839–1891), John William Hill (1812–1879), and Robert J. Pattison (1838–1903). The exhibition will showcase the group’s richly detailed figural compositions, landscapes, and still-life paintings.

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Exhibition: The Essential Duchamp

The Essential Duchamp presents Marcel Duchamp’s (1887–1968) life and work through the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition provides a survey of the artist and emphasizes his sustained efforts to eliminate the boundary between art and life. Traveling to the Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Modern Art South Korea, and the Art Gallery of New South Whales, this exhibition will be the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Duchamp to be presented in these regions.

This exhibition was previously on view at the Tokyo National Museum and National Museum of Modern Art, Korea.

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Exhibition: Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

Organized by the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in partnership with the Yokohama Museum of Art, Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan focuses on the brief but intense friendship between Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Saburo Hasegawa (1906–1957), which was kindled during Noguchi’s visit to Japan in 1950. Both American-born Noguchi and Japanese-born Hasegawa had complex relationships with Japan and the US. Documenting the artists’ exploration of Japanese art, design, and culture, the exhibition will reveal how they interpreted and drew upon these references in their work.

This exhibition was previously at the Yokohama Art Museum.

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Seminar: “American Photography in the Global Context”

Laura Katzman, Terra Foundation Visiting Professor at Freie Universität Berlin and Professor of Art History at James Madison University, will present her paper “Mining the Archive: Photography, Modernity, and the Office of Information for Puerto Rico” during this session of the seminar series “Camera Memoria.”

Her research examines an important yet neglected chapter in the history of twentieth century documentary practice in the United States: a post-World War II photographic project set up by the Office of Information for Puerto Rico (OIPR), an island government agency led by progressive norteamericanos. OIPR photographers transported a New Deal idiom of recording social and economic conditions in American states to an impoverished US territory that had been a Spanish colony for 400 years before the US seizure of the island in the Spanish American War. Informed by the now legendary Farm Security Administration photographic project, the OIPR documented Puerto Rico’s monumental shift from an agricultural to an industrial economy at a watershed moment in its history, when the increasingly powerful Popular Democratic Party sought both political autonomy and economic safeguards from the United States. How the photographers created and disseminated a visual language that engaged the complexities of the island nation, including its colonial legacy in the context of US imperial ambition, and how they negotiated their shifting roles in a fraught political landscape, are issues central to Katzman’s investigation.

Stella Jungmann (Universität Zürich), recipient of a 2018 Terra Foundation Research Travel Grant to the United States, will also present her paper “Transferring an aesthetic experience: Robert H. Pruyn’s photographs of Edo, Japan, 1862” during this seminar.

“American Photography in the Global Context” will be held on the Campus Paris Diderot, Olympe de Gouges building, room 117. Event in English.

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: 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 will feature many works that have never been shown in the United Kingdom.

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Exhibition: Nancy Spero

Organized by Museum Folkwang, this retrospective of Nancy Spero (1926–2009) will consider the artist’s use of the human figure to raise important questions about feminism, gender, and violence. The exhibition will trace 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 will feature approximately eighty works, including paintings, collages, and prints, and will focus in particular on her works on paper.

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Collection Loan:William J. Glackens and Pierre-August Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Julia’s Sister  by William Glackens is exhibited in William J. Glackens and Pierre-August Renoir: Affinities and Distinctions.  This work is exhibited alongside works by Renoir,  situated in themes of American and European modernism.

This exhibition will be on view at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 21, 2018–May 5, 2019; and the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, June 21–September 21, 2019.


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William Glackens, Julia’s Sister, c. 1915, oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (81.6 x 66.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.58