Terra Foundation-supported Events

Study Day: “The Activist Poster in the United States (1960s & 1970s): Visual Imaginations to Rethink Art and Society”

In parallel to the political struggles of the 1960s and 1970s, a significant number of activists and artists in the United States took to poster-making to respond to the urgent necessity to reconsider both art and society. Their interest was based as much on the formal qualities of the poster as well as its potential impact in public spaces and quick and inexpensive reproducibility in large numbers. As an integral component of social movements, these posters contributed to redefining the notion of art, to rethinking its hierarchies, as well as to conversations around the increasing commodification of the artwork or the relationship between art and politics. This study day aims to explore protest posters through different interpretations and analyses of the medium, and to think about its interrelationships with cultural and social contexts in the United States and internationally, as well as its place in art historiography.

This event is organized by Emilie Blanc, 2018–19 Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art. It will be held in English and French.

The program is available in French.

For more information, please visit: https://www.inha.fr/fr/agenda/parcourir-par-annee/en-2020/janvier-2020/l-affiche-engagee-aux-etats-unis-annees-1960-1970.html

Collection Loan: Marsden Hartley

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Painting No. 50 by Marsden Hartley is exhibited in Marsden Hartley, a retrospective of the artist’s work in many forms, with painting exhibited alongside his work as a poet and essayist.  This exhibition will be on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, September 19, 2019-January 19, 2020


For more details, please see:  https://www.louisiana.dk/en/exhibition/marsden-hartley

Marsden Hartley, Painting No. 50, 1914–15, oil on canvas, 47 x 47 in. (119.4 x 119.4 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.61
Exhibition: Marsden Hartley

This exhibition pays particular attention to Marsden Hartley’s works that have often been overlooked or lesser studied. Ultimately the exhibition frames these paintings, works on paper, and poetry not as “dead ends,” but rather as paths that led Hartley to his most iconic work. As a supplement to the exhibition, there are filmed interviews with living artists who discuss Hartley’s legacy.

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Exhibition: Gegen Den Strich: Chicago Calling

Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren outside Munich, Germany, presents Gegen Den Strich: Chicago Calling, or “Against the Line: Chicago Calling,” an exhibition showcasing the work of 10 outsider artists—Henry Darger, William Dawson, Lee Godie, Mr. Imagination, Aldo Piacenza, Pauline Simon, Drossos Skyllas, Dr. Charles Smith, Wesley Willis, and Joseph Yoakum—who lived and worked in Chicago.

Overall, the exhibition highlights Chicago’s history of robust recognition and acceptance of self-taught art and artists by unearthing the common themes throughout the artists’ bodies of work in addition to the commingled histories of the curators, dealers, collectors, and appreciators who embraced outsider art genre in Chicago.

The exhibition is curated by Kenneth C. Burkhart (independent curator) and Lisa Stone (Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and was originally presented at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art from June 29, 2018–February 10, 2019. It travels next to the Collection de l’Art Brut (Lausanne, March 12–August 30, 2020) and the Outsider Art Museum (Amsterdam, October 7, 2020–May 24, 2021).

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

GEGEN DEN STRICH: Chicago Calling

Exhibition: Peter Saul: Pop, Funk, Bad Painting and More

Consistently attentive to the chaos of the world, Peter Saul has engaged with some of the most sensitive issues of the 20th and 21st centuries. Covering his career since the late 1950s to the present day, the exhibition brings together more than 70 paintings, many previously unseen, as well as a collection of archival material. Despite the fact that Saul’s work reflects major movements of the 20th century, including Pop, Funk, and Bad Painting, the artist resists such categorizations of his work. Instead, Saul’s defiant style established a new form of historical painting that revolted against standards and served as a model for a generation of painters.

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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 2020 to December 2020.

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

Lilly Martin Spencer, The Home of the Red, White and Blue, c. 1867‒1868, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2007.1
Exhibition: Nam June Paik: The Future is Now

This exhibition presents the work of the American Korean artist Nam June Paik as a key figure of the 20th-century avant-garde movement. Paik’s experimentation with video, television technology, and large-scale installations not only situated him as a pioneer of interdisciplinary artistic practice, but also earned him the title of “the father of video art.” Born in South Korea in 1932, Paik moved first to Japan and eventually moved to Germany to study music. In Germany, he encountered musicians, composers, and experimental artists including John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Joseph Beuys, all of whom would become Paik’s life-long collaborators. In 1964, Paik immigrated to the United States where he became involved in the New York avant-garde and Fluxus, an informal international group of experimental artists. Over the next 30 years, Paik remained at the forefront of video and new media practice, collaborating with artistic and cultural figures such as Merce Cunningham, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie, as well as engineers and broadcasters.

This exhibition will also travel to the Stedelijk Museum (March 2020–August 2020), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (November 2020–January 2021), SFMOMA (March 2021–July 2021), and the National Gallery Singapore (September 2021–January 2022).

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Collection Loan: Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Edward Hopper and the American Hotel organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, exhibits paintings and works on paper by Edward Hopper alongside rarely seen diaries and postcards.

From the Terra Foundation Collection, two works are exhibited, Edward Hopper, Sierra Madre at Monterrey and Charles Demuth, Rue du singe qui Pêche.  This exhibition is on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, October 26, 2019–February 23, 2020 and Newfields, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 7–September 13, 2020.

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Edward Hopper, Sierra Madre at Monterrey, 1943, watercolor with touches of wiping, over a charcoal underdrawing, on heavyweight textured ivory wove watercolor paper, 21 1/4 x 29 3/4 in. (54.0 x 75.6 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1994.18
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.

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


Exhibition: Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

This exhibition examines ecclesiastical windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his workshops between 1880 and 1920. Commissioned by churches across the United States, these works—varying from intimate portraits to monumental triptychs—feature imagery drawn from the Christian religious tradition, illustrated in figurative styles contemporary to the time. In addition to the ecclesiastical windows, the exhibition presents associated objects and ephemera that relate Tiffany’s marketing practices to his artistic innovations.

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Terra Collection Initiative: Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray

From the Terra Foundation Collection, Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent, later Mrs. John Murray) from 1770–72, by John Singleton Copley is exhibited at the Cape Ann Museum.  Co-organized by the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Cape Ann Museum, and The Sargent House Museum, the exhibition Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray  focuses on the contributions and legacy of writer, philosopher, and woman’s rights advocate Judith Sargent Murray (1751–1820).  The portrait of Judith Sargent Murray is featured alongside manuscripts, letters, and personal artifacts.

The exhibition coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of The Sargent House Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours: The Life and Legacy of Judith Sargent Murray  is on display at the Cape Ann Museum Gloucester, Massachusetts  September 28, 2019–March 31, 2020.

For more information visit: https://www.capeannmuseum.org/exhibitions/our-souls-are-nature-equal-yours-legacy-judith-sargent-murray/

John Singleton Copley, Portrait of Mrs. John Stevens (Judith Sargent, later Mrs. John Murray), 1770–72. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2000.6