Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Anni Albers

Co-organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Tate Modern, London, Anni Albers showcases the multifaceted weaver’s long career. Albers (1899–1994) studied during the 1920s at the Bauhaus School. After emigrating to the United States, with her husband Josef Albers, she taught at Black Mountain College. At the center of her creative achievement are her woven images, characterized by complex textile structures, abstraction, and subtle coloration.

The exhibition was also on view at K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (June 9–September 9, 2018)

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Exhibition: Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing draws attention to the documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) and how she used photography as an instrument of social change. Best known for her iconic 1936 image Migrant Mother, Lange’s career spanned more than four decades. This exhibition presents Lange’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographs, her images of the WWII-era internment of Japanese Americans, and her “New California” series, depicting environmental change in that state.

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Exhibition: Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) presents Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static, a retrospective of the four-decade career of abstract painter Harvey Quaytman (1937–2002). Quaytman’s work resides at the juncture of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Process Art, and Constructivism—where considerations of line, distilled geometric forms, materiality, atmosphere, and texture merge. Strongly influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935), Piet Mondrian (1872–1944), and Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Quaytman’s work reveals the interplay between earlier strands of European Modernism and American post-war abstraction, pushing the formal and conceptual boundaries of abstract painting.

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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 2019 to December 2019.

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

John Singer Sargent, Dennis Miller Bunker Painting at Calcott , 1888. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.130
Exhibition: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power presents the work made by leading African American artists between 1963 and 1983. Bringing together more than 150 objects from private and public collections, the exhibition features paintings, collages, photographs, prints, and sculpture. The exhibition considers the different ways in which approximately fifty artists from across the US—including Norman Lewis (1909–1979), Romare Bearden (1911–1988), Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), Wadsworth Jarrell (b. 1929), Betye Saar (b. 1926), Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), John Outterbridge (b. 1933), and Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)—understood what it meant to be Black within their artistic practice.

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Exhibition: Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

In the early 20th century, images of Inuit people became a source of fascination to the American and European public and artists alike, including French artist Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and his Surrealist contemporaries. The exhibition, Yua (a term from the Central Yup’ik language spoken in Alaska that means “parallel” and is also commonly understood as defining a spirit or soul), presents masks and drawings by Alaskan Natives alongside the work of Matisse. The exhibition explores the spiritual universe of Alaskan natives by reuniting 40 pairs of masks that have been apart since leaving their originating communities more than a century ago.

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Exhibition: Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor illuminates how Alexander Calder’s (1898–1976) disruption of both conventional hierarchies of fine art and the boundaries between utilitarian and aesthetic objects gave him the freedom to develop novel approaches within a range of media. This comprehensive exhibition includes a variety of key works by Calder, including sculptures, drawings performances, and jewelry.

This exhibition will also be on view at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (April 5, 2019–August 4, 2019) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (September 13, 2019–January 12, 2020). More information is forthcoming.

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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: 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/Collection Loan: Americans Abroad: Landscape and Artistic Exchange, 1800-1920

Organized by the Eskenazi Museum of Art, at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Tsinghua University Art Museum, Americans Abroad: Landscape and Artistic Exchange, 1800–1920 showcases American and European paintings dating from the late eighteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century to address the affinities and influences between American and European art.

Included in the exhibition are seven works from the Terra Foundation collection:

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Lyonel Feininger, Denstedt, 1917, Oil on canvas, 34 3/8 x 46 5/8 in. (87.3 x 118.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1988.27
Collection Loan: Once upon a Time in America: Three Centuries of US American Art

This large survey exhibition is dedicated to US American art from 1650 to 1950. The show begins with works extending from the colonial era to the masters of American Realism, and ends with examples of Abstract Expressionism. For its exhibition Once Upon a Time in America, the Wallraf -Richartz is bringing to Köln over 120 loans from the most celebrated collections and museums in the United States and Europe. The majority have never or only rarely be seen in Germany. From the Terra Foundation Collection, four works are exhibited, Samuel F. B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, John Haberle, One Dollar Bill, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Morning in the Hudson, Haverstraw Bay and Robert Henri, Figure in Motion.  Organized by the Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud this exhibition is on view November 23, 2018–March 24, 2019

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John Haberle, One Dollar Bill, 1890. Oil on canvas, 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2015.4
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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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.


For more details, please see:  http://nsuartmuseum.org/exhibition/william-j-glackens-and-pierre-auguste-renoir-affinities-and-distinctions/



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