Terra Foundation-supported Events


Symposium: “International Perspectives on American Art”

Co-hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies and the Art History Department at Johannes Gutenberg University, this event will consist of a one-day conference with scholars from Europe and the US and a one-day workshop for undergraduate and graduates students. The gatherings will bring together early Americanist scholars from North America and Europe in conversation around transatlantic perspectives on developments in the field of early American studies.

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Exhibition: Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise

Co-organized by Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst (Ludwig Forum) and the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna (mumok), Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise provides a comprehensive survey of the Pattern and Decoration movement (1975–1985) in the United States, which emerged among artists committed to feminist causes. This exhibition features works with wallpaper-like patterns, decorative ornamentation, and aggressively colorful compositions. Optimistic and progressive, Pattern and Decoration questioned traditional notions of art while also broaching larger sociopolitical themes in the global art scene.

This exhibition was previously at Ludwig Forum.

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Exhibition: Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

This exhibition explores the impact of groundbreaking scientific discoveries on American and European artists in the 20th century. Hungarian poet Charles Sirató’s 1936 “Dimensionist Manifesto” declared that artists should strive to respond to the scientific revolutions going on around them. Artists in dialogue with Dimensionism explored these revolutions in their practice, engaging with physics, astronomy, and microbiology. The show brings together works by those who either signed or drew inspiration from the Dimensionist Manifesto, including such artists as Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Joseph Cornell (1903–1972), Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), Helen Lundeberg (1908–1999), Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), and Man Ray (1890–1976).

This exhibition will travel next to the Mead Art Museum (March 28–July 28, 2019). For more information, please visit:


Exhibition: Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975

This exhibition explores how American artists responded to international conflict during the 1960s and 70s, and how art about the Vietnam War influenced contemporary artistic practice. Works in a variety of media—including painting, sculpture, print, performance, and body art—reveal how artists engaged with ideas of conscience and civic engagement. Art by Dan Flavin (1933–1996), Leon Golub (1922–2004), Philip Guston (1913–1980), Donald Judd (1928–1994), Edward Kienholz (1927–1994), Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), Martha Rosler (b. 1943), Peter Saul (b. 1934), Nancy Spero (1926–2009), and others illustrates how artists addressed violence, power, vulnerability, empathy, sacrifice, mourning, and resistance.

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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 was previously on view at the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara  and the Utah Museum of Fine Art. It will also travel to the Crocker Art Museum (June 23–September 29, 2019), the Crocker Art Museum (June 23 – September 29, 2019), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (November 1, 2019–April 12, 2020).

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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 (PMA). 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 also on view at the Tokyo National Museum and will be on view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. More information is forthcoming.

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This exhibition considers Minimalist art from multiple points of origin—from New York and the US West Coast to Japan, Korea, Europe, and Australia—and explores its legacies and influences in Southeast Asia and beyond. With its radical reduction of form and its renegotiation of the relationship between the object and its environment, Minimalism had a profound influence not only on visual art, but also on the performing arts, literature, fashion, architecture, and interior design. Featured American artists include Donald Judd (1928–1994), Barnett Newman (1905–1970), and Agnes Martin (1912–2004), among others.

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