Terra Foundation-supported Events

Lecture Series: “A Contest of Images: American Art as Culture War”

Please join John R. Blakinger, Terra Foundation Visiting Professor of American Art at the University of Oxford, for this year’s Terra Lectures in American Art at Oxford University.

Dramatic controversies have exploded across the art world in recent years. Unlike the culture wars of the 1990s, these ideological battles defy clear distinctions between left and right, instead revealing art’s complex entanglement with politics, power, history, and a changing definition of truth. This lecture series explores these debates, presenting art as an arena for symbolic struggle. Accelerating digital networks have fueled a new contest of images, a clash between past and present. How does this virtual warfare animate the history of US art?

May 8
“Warhol in Safariland”

May 15
“The Body of Emmett Till”

May 22
“Dismantling the Gallows”

May 29
“The Stones of Civil War”

Lectures will begin at 5:00 pm in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College. The final lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

For more information, please visit: https://www.hoa.ox.ac.uk/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 2019 to December 2019.

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

Beauford Delaney,untitled (Village Street Scene), 1948. Oil on canvas, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2018.2
Terra Collection Initiative: Gallery Installation

A major painting by Thomas Moran from the Terra Foundation for American Art Collection is on loan for 18 months to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon is exhibited in the permanent collection galleries devoted to British landscape painting of the 19th century. In the galleries, works by J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, and Samuel Palmer provide historical and artistic context for Moran’s painting, which was created just two years after the American artist’s visit to the UK.

This painting is on loan in conjunction with the Terra Foundation Visiting Professorships at the University of Oxford. This work will be on view from March 2019 to the Summer of 2020.

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

Thomas Moran, Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon, 1864, oil on canvas, 30 1/4 x 45 1/4 in. (76.8 x 114.9 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.99
Exhibition/ Terra Collection Initiative: Atelier 17: Gravura Moderna nas Américas (Atelier 17: Modern Printmaking in the Americas)

Co-organized by Museu De Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC-USP), and the Terra Foundation for American Art, this exhibition will be the first presentation of the collection of modern American prints donated by Nelson Rockefeller in 1950, and American prints donated by the collector Lessing J. Rosenwald in 1956.   Atelier 17: Modern Printmaking in the Americas includes early twentieth-century American prints, contextualized with modern prints by Brazilian artists such as Geraldo de Barros, Fayga Ostrower, and Livio Abramo who had direct ties to Atelier 17.  The exhibition examines the intricate network of international exchange between artists, curators, collectors, and audiences in Brazil and the United States.

Works from the Terra Foundation for American Art:

For more information, please visit:

http://www.mac.usp.br/mac/conteudo/exp/atuais/masterpager.asp

 

Stanley William Hayter, Cinq Personnages, 1946. Engraving, soft-ground etching and scorper, silkscreen (printed in three colors: orange, turquoise-green and red-violet) on thick Kochi paper, Plate: 14 3/4 x 23 7/8 in. (37.5 x 60.6 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1995.37
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.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.noguchi.org/programs/exhibitions/changing-and-unchanging-things-noguchi-and-hasegawa-postwar-japan

Collection Loan: Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past, Present and Future)

From the Terra Foundation Collection, Frederic Edwin Church’s, The Iceberg is exhibited in Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past, Present and Future), organized by University of Colorado’s  CU Art Museum, Boulder, Colorado. This dialogue between American landscape painting and early scientific photography includes historical photographs from the archives of CU Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. Our Climate (Past, Present, Future) is the second exhibition in the 2018-19 series Documenting Change. The Iceberg will be exhibited  February 7–July 20, 2019.

For more information, please see:

https://www.colorado.edu/cuartmuseum/exhibitions/currently-view/documenting-change-our-climate-rockies

Frederic Edwin Church, The Iceberg, c. 1875, oil on canvas, 22 x 27 in. (55.9 x 68.6cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1993.6
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.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2019/american-pre-raphaelites-radical-realists.html

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).

For more information, please visit:

www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/alexander-calder/

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.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/essential-duchamp/

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.

For more information, please visit:

https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/vietnam

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.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/lee-krasner-living-colour

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.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.mumok.at/en/events/pattern-and-decoration

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.

For more information, please visit:

https://crystalbridges.org

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Hunter Mountain, Twilight, 1866. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.57