Terra Foundation-supported Events

Collection Loan: Henry James and American Painting

The exhibition Henry James and American Painting explores the intersection between Henry James’s friendships with American artists and his literary work. From the Terra Foundation Collection, the painting The Green Hat, by Lilla Cabot Perry, the wife of James’s childhood friend, is exhibited along with a selection of photographs, manuscripts, books and letters.  This exhibition is on view at the Morgan Library & Museum, June 9–September 10, 2017 traveling to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, October 19, 2017–January 21, 2018.

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Lilla Cabot Perry, The Green Hat, 1913, Oil on canvas, 33 3/4 x 26 1/4in. (85.7 x 66.7cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1987.25
Exhibition: Abstract Expressionism: Looking East from the Far West

The first exhibition to consider mid-20th-century abstraction through its Asian-American practitioners, this exhibition brings artists of the New York School together with Asian-American artists who studied and worked in New York in the 1940s and 1950s.  It will examine the influence of Asian intellectual and artistic traditions on artists long revered as uniquely American through 45 paintings, drawings, and sculptures. By presenting the work of Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko alongside that of  Asian-American artists such as Ruth Asawa, Saburo Hasegawa, Isamu Noguchi, and Hawai‘i art icons like Satoru Abe, Isami Doi, Tadashi Sato, and Tetsuo Ochikubo, the exhibition will examine the ways in which Eastern traditions from Chinese and Japanese calligraphy to Zen Buddhism helped advance Abstract Expressionism’s aesthetic agenda.

For more information, please visit: http://honolulumuseum.org/art/exhibitions/16348-abstract_expressionism_looking_east_far_west/


Seminar: “Walter Paepcke, IDCA, and the Challenge of Design in Post-War Corporate Culture​” by Wim de Wit

Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, will discuss the tension between Walter Paepcke, a modernist designer and original supporter of Chicago’s New Bauhaus, and his contemporaries. De Wit’s discussion expose their mutual distrust and examine the role of the post-World War II designer in Chicago and elsewhere in the country. Michaelangelo Sabatino, Interim Dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will moderate the discussion.

This interdisciplinary scholarly seminar is part of the on-going academic program Chicago: City of Design and Commerce, 1890–1990, which will run from fall 2017 through fall 2018. This series offers a forum for scholars to gather, share works-in-progress, and discuss new scholarship that explores Chicago’s contributions to design history. The series is presented by the Newberry Library’s Center for American History and Culture 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 and to RSVP, please visit: https://newberry.org/01182018-wim-de-wit-stanford-university

Exhibition/Collection Loan: California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930

California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930 explores how Mexico became California.  Juxtaposing paintings with popular posters, prints, and some of the earliest movies made in Los Angeles, the exhibition reveals how this image of California spread worldwide. Objects range from picturesque landscapes of Alta California and still life paintings featuring fruits, flowers, and other plants that celebrated the state’s agricultural growth, to works by early modernists such as the Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.  Included in the exhibition from the Terra Foundation Collection, William S. Jewett ’s The Promised Land-The Grayson Family  depicts Captain A. J. Grayson, an ornithologist-artist, his wife, and son as they emerge from the wilderness to view the summit of the Sierra Nevada.

California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930  is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

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William S. Jewett, The Promised Land – The Grayson Family, 1850, oil on canvas, 50 3/4 x 64 in. (128.9 x 162.6 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.79
Exhibition: Inventing Downtown: Artist Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965

Examining the New York art scene during the fertile years between the apex of Abstract Expressionism and the rise of Pop Art and Minimalism, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965 is the first show ever to survey this vital period from the vantage point of its artist-run galleries—crucibles of experimentation and innovation that radically changed the art world. With more than 200 paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs, ephemera, and films, the show reveals a scene that was much more diverse than has previously been acknowledged, with women and artists of color playing major roles. It features works by abstract and figurative painters and sculptors, as well as pioneers of installation and performance art.

This exhibition was also on view at the Grey Art Gallery.

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Collection Loan:Wild Spaces, Open Places: Hunting and Fishing in American Art

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Richard LaBarre Goodwin’s Two Snipes is exhibited in Wild Spaces, Open Places: Hunting and Fishing in American Art.  This exhibition is on view at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee, October 23, 2016–January 15, 2017; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, February 12–May 7, 2017; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont, June 4–August 27, 2017; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, October 7, 2017–January 7, 2018.

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Richard La Barre Goodwin, Two Snipes, between 1880 and 1902 Oil on canvas 20 1/8 x 17 1/8 in. (51.1 x 43.5 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Estabrook C1982.2
Exhibition: 10 Americans: After Paul Klee

Co-organized by Zentrum Paul Klee and the Phillips Collection, his exhibition is the first substantial show to illustrate the impact of Swiss artist Paul Klee′s work on mid-twentieth-century art in the United States. The exhibition will feature work by Klee in dialogue with William Baziotes, Gene Davis, Adolph Gottlieb, Norman Lewis, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Jackson Pollock, Theodoros Stamos, Mark Tobey, and Bradley Walker Tomlin.

This exhibition will also be on view at the Phillips Collection, in Washington, DC (February 3–May 6, 2018).

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Exhibition: Bruce Davidson. American Photographer

The first retrospective in the Netherlands of the work of American photographer Bruce Davidson (b. 1933), this exhibition features almost 200 photographs. Since the 1950s, Davidson has photographed vulnerable individuals trying to make their way in American society. He approaches major issues like the Civil Rights Movement, racism, violence, poverty, and immigration from a personal perspective. He was the first photographer to spend years with a street gang in Brooklyn and he traveled to the south with Civil Rights activists to take part in the Selma March. Thanks to his long-standing relationship with his subjects, Davidson’s work gives a moving insight into what the “American Dream” means to them.

This exhibition was also on view at the Fundacion Mapfre, in Madrid, Spain (September 12, 2016–January 15, 2017) and the WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie in Vienna, Austria (June 15–August 13, 2017), and the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, Spain (February 2 – May 16, 2018).

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Exhibition: Mitchell/Riopelle: Un Couple Dans La Démesure

Co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the exhibition will explore the artistic outputs of American Joan Mitchell and Canadian Jean-Paul Riopelle.  This couple shared their lives for nearly 25 years, living in Paris and Vétheuil in the Seine valley. The exhibition will explore their romantic relationship and how each painter developed a workshop practice and a distinctive body of work while participating in a broader artistic dialogue focusing on abstraction.

This exhibition will also be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario (February–May 2018).

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Panel: The Interior: Collected, Observed, and Explored

This panel discussion brings together Biennial participants with curators for a conversation on “the interior” as represented in an exhibition context. The panel will draw connections between the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne miniature rooms and the Biennial’s reconsideration of these miniatures–a historical exhibition format adapted to address issues of contemporary architecture. Together, panelists will discuss how these imagined interior spaces engage social questions of domesticity, privacy and civics. Moderated by Sarah Hearne, Chicago Architecture Biennieal Associate Director, this public conversation will bring Biennial participants in dialogue with Lindsay Mican Morgan, curator of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms.

This program 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.

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