Terra Foundation-supported 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 2020 to December 2020.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.artic.edu/

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
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: 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:

https://www.chicagohistory.org/modern

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.

For more information, please visit:

http://driehausmuseum.org/exhibitions

 

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
Exhibition: Robert Morris. The Perceiving Body

In contrast to the survey model, this exhibition focuses on Robert Morris’s work made between the early 1960s and late 1970s—most, if not all, of which are considered key works of Minimal and Post-minimal art. The selected works address an artistic practice that contributed to the transformation of art making in an era of political turmoil and profound historical change.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.mudam.com/exhibitions/the-perceiving-body

 

Exhibition: Edward Hopper

This exhibition presents Edward Hopper’s landscape and cityscape paintings. This focus on landscape offers a unique angle on the American painter’s work. In the art-historical tradition, landscape has always implied humankind’s impact on nature, and Hopper’s paintings reflect this in a subtle and multifaceted way through non-picturesque depictions. The show includes  oil paintings, drawings, and watercolors, ranging in date from the early 1910s to the 1960s.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/exhibitions/edward-hopper/

Exhibition: Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene

Over the course of his brief career, John Beasley Greene produced a body of pictures that advanced both archaeology and photography and that continues to offer insight into the central concerns that shaped the two fields. This exhibition, the first retrospective of this photographer, contextualizes Greene’s career through new scholarship, nearly 70 rare prints and albums, and Egyptian artwork from the Art Institute’s collection. This exhibition considers the complex aesthetic and political lenses that we use to look at photography and the past, as well as the complicated relationship between photography, colonialism, and modernism.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/9167/signs-and-wonders-the-photographs-of-john-beasley-greene