Terra Foundation-supported Events

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.

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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).

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Exhibition: Mapping the Collection

The exhibition Mapping the Collection takes a new look at two influential decades in the history of US art: the 1960s and 1970s. Through a selection of artworks from the Museum Ludwig’s permanent collection as well as several key loans, the exhibition explores issues of equality, indigenous self-determination, women’s rights, and Black Power. The political and social context of these two decades form the background against which individual artistic response is studied. In turn, the exhibition questions a Western European conception and reception of American art.

This exhibition is the result of the Terra Foundation Research Fellowship in American Art at the Museum Ludwig.

For more information, please visit: https://www.museum-ludwig.de/en/exhibitions/mapping-the-collection.html.

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).

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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: Edward Hopper

Now extended through September 20, 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.

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Collection Loan: Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago

From the Terra Collection for American Art, Marsden Hartley’s, Painting No. 50 is exhibited in Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.  Curated by Olowu, the exhibition reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography.  This exhibition has been extended to September 27, 2020.

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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: 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.

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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–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