Terra Foundation-supported Events

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.

This exhibition was previously at les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse. For more information, please visit:

https://www.ledelta.be/evenements/visite-guidee-de-lexposition-peter-saul-pop-funk-bad-and-more/

Exhibition: Senga Nengudi: Topologies

The first large monographic show of Senga Nengudi in Latin America features works by the artist that span installation, sculpture, photography, and drawing. Nengudi was a central figure in the Afro-American scene of Los Angeles in the 1970s and became known for involving sculpture and performance in her installations. In the 1960s and 1970s, besides working with the visual arts and dance, the artist became engaged in the struggle against racial segregation and for gender equality.

For more information, please visit:

https://masp.org.br/en/exhibitions/senga-nengudi

Exhibition/Collection Loan: Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

The exhibition positions Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt’s ties to the United States as a crucial factor in the construction of American cultural identity and visual arts. Humboldt’s work influenced many American artists and thinkers in the 19th century. Through a careful selection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and selected maps, documents, and natural history artifacts, the exhibition examines Humboldt’s century-long influence on five spheres of American cultural development: the visual arts, sciences, literature, politics, and exploration. Works by many artists of the United States will be featured, including the Gallery of the Louvre by Samuel F.B. Morse from the TFAA collection.

For more information, please visit:

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

Samuel F. B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre, 1831‒1833, oil on canvas, 73 3/4 x 108 in. (187.3 x 274.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.51
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 was previously at Tate. It will also travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (November 2020–January 2021), SFMOMA (March 2021–July 2021), and the National Gallery Singapore (September 2021–January 2022).

For more information, please visit:

https://www.stedelijk.nl/en/exhibitions/nam-june-paik

Exhibition: Chicago Calling

The Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne presents 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 traveled to Halle St. Pierre (Paris, France, March 23–August 2, 2019), Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren (Kaufbeuren, Germany, October 10, 2019–January 26, 2020), and will later be presented at the Outsider Art Museum (Amsterdam, October 7, 2020–May 24, 2021).

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

https://www.artbrut.ch/fr_CH/exposition/chicago-calling

Exhibition: Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980

Co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this international loan exhibition presents the extensive exchange of design ideas between the United States and the Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—between 1890 and 1980. The exhibition complicates existing narratives about American and Nordic design, presenting an understudied chapter in American culture and history. The exhibition features more than 180 objects, including furniture, textiles, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, and glass, organized into six themed sections: Migration and Heritage, Selling the Scandinavian Dream, Design for Diplomacy, Teachers and Students, Travel Abroad, and Design for Social Change.

For more information, please visit:

https://mam.org/exhibitions/details/scandinavian-design.php

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–November 8, 2020.  (This exhibition has been extended from an original closing date 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), 1770–1772, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. (127.0 x 101.6 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 2000.6