Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire will examine Cole’s work within a global context. The exhibition will showcase the artist’s most iconic works, including The Oxbow (1836) and his five-part series The Course of Empire (1834–36) as a direct outcome of his transatlantic career, and examine Cole’s legacy in establishing a school of 19th-century landscape art in America.

This exhibition is also on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 30 – May 13, 2018).

For more information, please visit: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/thomas-coles-journey

Collection Loan: John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age

From the collection of the Terra Collection for American Art, John Singer Sargent’s A Parisian Beggar Girl and Dennis Miller Bunker’s The Mirror are exhibited in John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age.  This exhibition is on view at the Art Institute of Chicago, June 20 – September 30, 2018.



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John Singer Sargent, A Parisian Beggar Girl, c. 1880, oil on canvas, 25 3/8 x 17 3/16 in. (64.5 x 43.7 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1994.14
Exhibition: Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1964–1973

The Music of Color presents 50 works by American abstract painter Sam Gilliam from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. The show puts the focus on the years between 1967 and 1973, the period of the greatest radicalism in Gilliam’s oeuvre. Gilliam strove to blur the widely accepted boundary between painting and sculpture, creating works recognized for monumentality and forceful use of color.

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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 2018 to December 2018.

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

William Stanley Haseltine, Rocks at Nahant, 1864, oil on canvas, 22 3/8 x 40 1/2in. (56.8 x 102.9cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.65
Exhibition: Gordon Matta-Clark: Mutation in Space

The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo will present first full-scale retrospective of American artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) in Asia. The presentation will include his sculptures, photographs, videos and drawings. Known for “building cuts” projects in which he removed parts of floors and walls from buildings to be demolished, the exhibition will also include his work in street and performance art.

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Dialogue: “Dorothea Lange, photographe documentaire”

Ahead of the opening of Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, at the Jeu de Paume (October 16, 2018–January 27, 2019), this discussion between Abigail Solomon-Godeau, professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of multiple publications on photography, and Pia Viewing, co-curator of the exhibition, will shed light on Lange’s socially engaged work made during the Great Depression and World War II in the United States.

From 1935 to 1939, Lange captured the plight of workers fleeing the Dust Bowl, when drought devastated the Midwest and its agricultural production, creating images that have since become icons of US photographic history. During the 1940s, she documented the internment of Japanese Americans and the migration of laborers who contributed to the war effort at the Richmond, California, shipyards. Lange’s commitment to such subjects offers valuable insight on this period in US history, when fundamental changes marked the social evolution of the country.

This event, held as part of the annual Semaine des cultures étrangères, organized by the Forum des instituts culturels étrangers à Paris (FICEP), is free and open to the public. It will be held in French. Please RSVP by September 24 to: [email protected] or +33 1 43 20 67 01.

Exhibition: Robert Smithson: Time Crystals

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is the first exhibition in Australia dedicated to the artist. Best known for his radical land art of the 1960s and early 1970s, Smithson is now widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Inspired by ideas of crystalline geometry and non-biological time, he redefined abstraction and challenged art history.

Featuring new research on the artist’s practice, Time Crystals presents sculpture, photography, film, drawings, and texts borrowed from major Australian and international collections. It also includes the most extensive display of Smithson’s manuscript and archival material to date drawn from the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt Papers at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.

This exhibition is also on view at The University of Queensland (March 10 – July 8, 2018).

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Exhibition: Sculpting a Chicago Artist: Richard Hunt and his Teachers: Nelli Bar and Egon Weiner

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago cultivated artist Richard Hunt in the 1950s by the guidance of two dynamic teachers. Nelli Bar taught Richard Hunt during his adolescence, and Egon Weiner was his college professor. Bar and Weiner represent the generation of artists who fled Europe after the rise of the Nazi regime and found Chicago as the new home for their artistic ambitions. Both received their education in European academies under prominent teachers during the 1920s. Weiner and Bar produced a new post-war generation of artists, including Richard Hunt. Bar continued to accompany Hunt’s career as he recalls: “She has influenced me as a person over our 30-year relationship.” Hunt remembers Weiner for “his exuberance and nurturing manner – and for being a bundle of energy.” This energy was transmitted to his student Richard Hunt as the Museum of Modern Art purchased one of his sculptures in 1957 just after his graduation and eventually he evolved into one of the most prominent Chicago sculptors and an international master.

This exhibition is presented as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

For more information, please visit: http://www.oakton.edu/about/thearts/museum/future_exhibitions/index.php

Exhibition: Anni Albers

Co-organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Tate Modern, London, Anni Albers showcases the multifaceted weaver’s long career. Albers (1899–1994) studied during the 1920s at the Bauhaus School. After emigrating to the United States, with her husband Josef Albers, she taught at Black Mountain College. At the center of her creative achievement are her woven images, characterized by complex textile structures, abstraction, and subtle coloration.

The exhibition is also on view at Tate Modern, London (October 11, 2018–January 27, 2019).

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Exhibition: Christo & Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018

The Serpentine Galleries presents Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s history of barrel artworks. Since 1958, barrels have been a dominant feature of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s sculptures and installations, which they have erected at varying scales internationally. The exhibition will offer new perspectives on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s career to the large-scale, wrapped and fabric-based works for which they are best known. Simultaneously, Christo will present The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake.

For more information, please visit: http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/christo-and-jeanne-claude-barrels-and-mastaba-1958-2018