Terra Foundation-supported Events

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/Collection Loan: Coming Away: Winslow Homer in England

Developed around two iconic Homer paintings—the Worcester Art Museum’s The Gale (1883–93) and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Hark! The Lark (1882)—the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England explores the artist’s time in Cullercoats, England, in 1881 and 1882. Jointly coordinated by Worcester and Milwaukee, the exhibition features the most comprehensive group of oils made during or emerging directly from Homer’s time abroad. Shown alongside comparative paintings by English artists, these works complicate our understanding of Homer’s art as purely American in subject and style.  From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Winslow Homer’s Perils of the Sea and The Nurse are exhibited.

This exhibition is also on view at the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts (November 11, 2017–February 4, 2018).

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Winslow Homer, The Nurse, 1867, oil on panel, 19 x 11 in. (48.3 x 27.9 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.74
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: Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen

Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen is the first major survey of the work of the groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist. The exhibition spans Pindell’s five-decades-long career, featuring early figurative paintings, pure abstraction and conceptual works, and personal and political art. Trained as a painter, Pindell has challenged art world traditions and asserted her place in its history as a woman and one of African descent. The exhibition also highlights Pindell’s work with photography, film, and performance.

For more information, please visit: https://mcachicago.org/Exhibitions/2018/Howardena-Pindell

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
Terra Collection Initiative: Gallery Installation

Three works from the Terra Foundation for American Art are on loan for two years to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Exhibited in the permanent collection galleries are Charles Courtney Curran’s, In the Luxembourg (Garden), 1889,  Childe Hassam’s, French Peasant Girl, 1883, and Maurice Prendergast’s, The Luxembourg Garden, Paris, 1890-94.  These works by American artists are on loan in conjunction with a visiting professorship at the University of Oxford.

For more information visit: http://www.ashmolean.org/

Childe Hassam French Peasant Girl, c. 1883, Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. (54.9 x 35.2 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1989.21