Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Nancy Spero

Organized by Museum Folkwang, this retrospective of Nancy Spero (1926–2009) considers the artist’s use of the human figure to raise important questions about feminism, gender, and violence. The exhibition traces Spero’s career, starting with the Paris Black Paintings of the 1960s through her artistic responses to the Vietnam War and her mature work in 1990s and early 2000s. Throughout her career, Spero saw herself as a political artist that used art as a vehicle to engage with social and political issues. In order to capture the scale and scope of Spero’s oeuvre, the exhibition features approximately eighty works, including paintings, collages, and prints, and focuses in particular on her works on paper.

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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
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
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 features many works that have never been shown in the United Kingdom.

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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: How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s

In the mid-1960s, Chicago saw an explosion of artistic activity centred around a small group of artists who would later become known as the Chicago Imagists. Their distinct and lively visual style would go on to influence some of the most important artists of the 20th century. This exhibition focuses on 14 artists—including Roger Brown (1941–1997), Sarah Canright (b. 1941), Jim Falconer (b. 1943), Ed Flood (1944–1985), Art Green (b. 1941), Philip Hanson (b. 1943), Gladys Nilsson (b. 1940), Jim Nutt (b. 1938), Ed Paschke (1939–2004), Christina Ramberg (1946–1995), Suellen Rocca (b. 1943), Barbara Rossi (b. 1940), Karl Wirsum (b. 1939), and Ray Yoshida (1930–2009)—and features painting, objects, drawings, prints and ephemera, highlighting their individual styles as well as their shared references and moments of connection.

Having mostly studied in proximity to one another at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, they shared an enthusiasm for Surrealism and Art Brut, comic books, non-Western and self-taught artists, commercial advertising and the music, markets, sideshows, and architecture of the city in which they lived. They learned from teachers at the School of The Art Institute, and in turn their teachers learned from them. The strong bonds developed at art school kept this group of artists affiliated under the moniker “Chicago Imagism,” despite the diversity of their work. This exhibition focuses on their work from the 1960s when they first met, through to the late 1970s, when many of them moved away, both stylistically and geographically.

The exhibition is co-organized by Sarah McCrory (Director of Goldsmiths CCA) and Rosie Cooper (Head of Exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion). It was previously on view at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art from March 15–May 26, 2019.

This exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago. For more information:

How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s

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.

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


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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

For the first time in France, this exhibition presents the work of artist Wright Morris (1910–1998). Best known for his novels, Morris also had a distinctive approach to photography, juxtaposing photos (especially of the rural American Midwest) with fictional prose to create “photo-texts”. The complexity and diversity of Morris’s artistic practice will be explored through prints, documents, and books.

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Exhibition: Dan Flavin. Espacio y luz (Dan Flavin. Space and light)

For the first time in Colombia, this exhibition presents 18 fluorescent-tube artworks by Dan Flavin (1933–1996) that were made between 1963 and 1974, which together trace the artist’s developing interests in this unique medium. From 1963 through the remainder of his career, Flavin’s work was composed almost entirely of light in the form of commercially available fluorescent tubes that existed in ten colors and five shapes. Highlighting all of the medium’s various colors and shapes, the exhibition includes pieces such as Untitled (to you Heiner, with admiration and affection) from 1973, which were selected from Dia Art Foundation’s deep holdings of Flavin’s works. Didactic materials and the catalogue also connect Flavin’s fluorescent-tube constructions to the radical changes that took place in Colombian art during the same period. In the 1960s, artists in Medellín in particular sought to depart from the Escuela Antioqueña and its idyllic notion of the countryside in order to focus on the city as both a place for artistic production and a subject in its own right; and like Flavin, they began to explore the use of luminescent materials.

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Collection Loan: Histórias das mulheres: Artistas até 1900 (Women’s Histories: Artists before 1900)

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Summertime by Mary Cassatt is exhibited in Women’s Histories: Artists before 1900.  This exhibition will be on view at Museu de Arte São Paulo (MASP) São Paulo, Brazil, August 23–November 17, 2019.

For more information visit:  https://masp.org.br/en/exhibitions/histories-of-women

Mary Cassatt, Summertime, 1894, oil on canvas, 39 5/8 x 32 in. (100.6 x 81.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1988.25
Exhibition: AfriCOBRA: Nation Time

AfriCOBRA: Nation Time celebrates the founding of AfriCOBRA, the Black artist collective that helped define the visual style of the Black Arts Movements of the 1960s and 70s.

AfriCOBRA (which stands for the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) was founded in 1968 by Chicago-based artists Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Gerald Williams, each of whom used their work to present uplifting portraits of African Americans. The founders, like many activists of the 1960s and 1970s, understood that their artistic voices could contribute to the liberation and unification of the Black community as a whole.

The project grew out of an exhibition first presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami from November 27, 2018–March 24, 2019, honoring of the collective’s fiftieth anniversary. It brings together works by the founding artists with additional works by five early members—including Sherman Beck, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Omar Lama, Carolyn Lawrence and Nelson Stevens—to look back at their early contributions, the evolution of AfriCOBRA, and the artists’ contemporary work.

AfriCOBRA: Nation Time, organized by MOCA North Miami and curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes (Executive Director of Threewalls in Chicago), is on view at Ca’ Faccanon in Venice, Italy, as part of the 2019 Venice Biennale’s program of Collateral Events.

The exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago. For more information:


Collection Loan: Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869–1880

From the Terra Foundation Collection, Three Boys on the Shore by Winslow Homer is exhibited at the Cape Ann Museum.  The exhibition Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 18691880 coincides with the 150th anniversary of the artist’s first known visit to Cape Ann. Organized by the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts, this exhibition is on view August 3–December 1, 2019.

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Winslow Homer, Three Boys on the Shore, 1873. Gouache and watercolor on paper mounted on board, Image: 8 5/8 x 13 5/8 in. (21.9 x 34.6 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.75
Exhibition: David Smith: Sculpture 1932–1965

This exhibition will present the work of David Smith (1906–1965) through sculptures drawn from four decades, beginning with Smith’s earliest experimental works from the 1930s and ending with his large-scale sculptures of the 1960s, along with a selection of drawings. A key figure in the history of 20th century sculpture, Smith was the first known American artist to work with welded metal. In addition to exploring Smith’s distinctive working of metal, the exhibition will demonstrate his unique fusion of industry and nature and will place a selection of his sculptures in the Yorkshire landscape.

Exhibition: Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America

Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America reveals how Chicago brought cutting-edge modern design to the American marketplace on a scale unmatched by any other city. The exhibition focuses on 1930s–50s, a critical period in American history. It presents issues of design and aesthetics within the larger social, economic and cultural context of the time and explores how the city’s hosting of the 1933-34 World’s Fair, its industries, advertising firms and mail order companies advanced modern design on local, regional and national levels. Innovative designs coupled with the might of Chicago’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure led to the mass production of affordable state-of-the-art products featuring a new urban-inspired aesthetic that furnished public and private spaces across the country.

The exhibition includes more than 200 objects, photographs and documents, many on view for the first time. The works of many celebrated designers, such as Alfonso Iannelli, Otis Shephard and Wolfgang Hoffmann will be featured. Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America is curated by Olivia Mahoney, senior curator at the Chicago History Museum.

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