Terra Foundation-supported Events

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 2018 to December 2018.

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

Robert Spear Dunning, Harvest of Cherries, 1866, oil on canvas, 20 x 26 1/2 in. (50.8 x 67.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.48
Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

This exhibition explores the life, work and legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), presenting the artist’s best-known photographs alongside work that has never been published. The exhibition covers Mapplethorpe’s origins in the downtown New York scene in the 1970s, through his rise to fame as a photographer in the early 1980s, to his centrality in the so-called Culture Wars in 1989, the year of his death.

The exhibition is also on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (March 20–July 31, 2016).

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Exhibition James Rosen­quist: Paint­ing as Im­mer­sion

This retrospective ex­hi­bi­tion of Pop Art icon James Rosen­quist (1933–2017) will present his massive works in the context of their cul­tu­r­al, so­cial, and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions. Along with archival mate­rials and doc­u­ments de­sig­nat­ed by the artist as source ma­te­rials, some of which have not previously been ex­hi­b­it­ed, the show will re­veal Rosen­quist’s marked in­ter­est in history and the political events of his time.

This exhibition will also be on view at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (April 14–August 19, 2018).

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Exhibition: William Blake in the Age of Aquarius

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius  considers parallels between English artist and author William Blake’s time and mid-twentieth-century America, touching on such issues as political repression, social transformation, and struggles for civil rights. Blake’s protests against the conventions of his day were inspirational for many young Americans disillusioned by perceived cultural tendencies of social uniformity, materialism and consumerism, racial and gender discrimination, and environmental degradation. This generation sought in Blake a model of independence, imagination, and resistance to authority. The exhibition will feature American artists for whom Blake was an important inspiration and will include more than 130 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and posters, as well as original Blake prints and illuminated books from collections throughout the United States.

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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: Bill Walker: Urban Griot

William “Bill” Walker (1933 – 2011), was a prolific muralist best known for creating the iconic Wall of Respect on Chicago’s South Side in collaboration with the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC). Urban Griot highlights Walker’s artwork beyond the wall, spanning three series of drawings and several small paintings that he made between 1979 and 1984. The artwork, borrowed from Chicago State University’s collection, is a forceful documentation of the ills of Black urban society that still prevail today.

The 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://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibition-archive/bill-walker-urban-griot/

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

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).

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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).

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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: 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: 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).

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Collection Loan: Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, Promise

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, George Caleb  Bingham’s, The Jolly Flatboatmen is exhibited in Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, Promise.  This exhibition is on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art, December 9, 2017 – July 8, 2018.



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George Caleb Bingham, The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1877-78, oil on canvas, 26 1/16 x 36 3/8 in. (66.2 x 92.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.15