Terra Foundation-supported Events

Conference: “Annette Michelson and the ‘Radical Aspiration’ of Criticism”

Annette Michelson (1922–2018) developed, throughout her career, a remarkable form of criticism, in which the close analysis of objects is dedicated to fostering a real theoretical dialogue with the works. It is within this framework that she and Rosalind Krauss founded the critical and theoretical review October in 1976.

This evening will bring together three researchers from different disciplines to discuss Michelson’s heritage and her place in contemporary debate. Through a presentation of documents and films, talks will examine her multiple interests (from minimal art to experimental film, from Soviet avant-garde to surrealism), her relationship to women artists and feminism, and her ties with France.

This conversation is organized as part of the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA). Event in English and French.

Speakers:

  • Enrico Camporesi, 2017–18 Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INHA, Paris
  • Élisabeth Lebovici, critic and art historian, Paris
  • Michele Pierson, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, King’s College, London

For more information, please visit: https://www.inha.fr/fr/agenda/parcourir-par-annee/en-2019/janvier-2019/annette-michelson-et-l-aspiration-radicale-de-la-critique.html.

Exhibition/Collection Loan: John Singer Sargent

The exhibition John Singer Sargent explores Sargent’s relationship with Scandinavian art around 1900, including society portraits, as well as portraits of children, artists, and friends; landscapes; and genre scenes. Noted in the provenance, the painting  Parisian Beggar Girl (c. 1880), from the Terra Foundation collection and included in the exhibition, was a gift from Sargent to Albert Edelfelt, a Finnish painter also included in the exhibition.

For more information, please visit:
https://www.nationalmuseum.se/en/utst%C3%A4llningar/kommande-utst%C3%A4llningar/john-singer-sargent

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: Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise

Co-organized by the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst (Ludwig Forum) and the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna (mumok), Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise presents a comprehensive survey of the American Pattern and Decoration movement (1975–1985), which emerged among artists committed to feminist causes. This exhibition showcases artwork with wallpaper-like patterns, decorative ornamentation, and aggressively colorful compositions. Artists include Robert S. Zakanitch (b. 1940), Miriam Schapiro (1923–2015), Valerie Jaudon (b. 1954), Joyce Kozloff (b. 1942), and Kim MacConnel (b. 1948), among others. Optimistic and progressive, these artists questioned traditional notions of art while also broaching larger sociopolitical themes in the global art scene, including the position of women, Native Americans, and ethnic minorities.

For more information, please visit:
http://ludwigforum.de/en/event/pattern-and-decoration/

Exhibition: Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow

Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow explores Chicago’s history of robust recognition and early acceptance of self-taught and outsider art and artists. The exhibition presents intrinsic themes embodied in the works of 12 artists, including Chicago icons, Henry Darger, Lee Godie, Joseph Yoakum, and others. Themes found in several artists’ works and represented here include the psychologically-charged tension in oppositions and contradictions; interaction between high style and the vernacular, between nature and culture; drawing on memory and the expressive use of line and form as a survival mechanism; immigration and/or relocation as a defining experience; surviving the African American experience; and the power of portraiture as a view into society, psyche, and soul.

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.art.org/chicago-calling-art-against-the-flow

Exhibition: 3–D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980

3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964–1980 examines the little-known sculptural work and dimensional painting made by the Chicago Imagists during the early years of their practice. As the first in-depth exploration of the overall affinity of Imagist artists for objects, the exhibition features artists who worked individually to craft unique approaches, but who shared key influences, such as Surrealism and the Surrealist objects. In addition to members of the original Imagist groups, the exhibition includes work by Don Baum, the chief curator of the Imagist moment; Ray Yoshida, the teacher with whom many Imagists studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; as well as H.C. Westermann, arguably the point of origin for the exhibition.

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: https://tang.skidmore.edu/exhibitions/238-3-d-doings-the-imagist-object-in-chicago-art-1964-1980

Exhibition: Todros Geller: Strange Worlds

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds focuses on the multifaceted oeuvre of Todros Geller (1889–1949), an influential Chicago artist and central figure in the history of modern American Jewish art. Born in Ukraine, Geller immigrated to Chicago in 1918, which remained his home until his death. An active proponent of the concept of Jewish art, he served as a mentor to numerous Chicago Jewish artists and as a prominent educator, first as a teacher at the Jewish People’s Institute and Jane Addams Hull House, then as supervisor of art for the College of Jewish Studies (later Spertus Institute) and acting director of The Jewish Museum in Chicago. In both work and life, Geller reflected the prevailing social, political, and artistic concerns of his time, while remaining intimately entwined with Chicago’s evolving Jewish community and its efforts to establish, maintain, and promote Jewish identity.

This exhibition draws from the unique holdings from the Spertus Institute’s collection to survey the broad scope of Geller’s creative endeavors. In addition to a broad range of paintings, prints, and works on paper, the collection includes an extensive archive of Geller’s personal materials, encompassing preparatory sketches, letters, books, postcards, periodicals, news articles, photographs, posters, book illustrations, and bookplates. Todros Geller: Strange Worlds draws on these unique resources—the majority on view for the first time—to examine the public and private concerns that animated Geller’s work throughout his career.

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: https://www.spertus.edu/exhibitions/strange-worlds

Exhibition/Terra Collection Initiative: Pathways to Modernism: American Art, 1865–1945

Pathways to Modernism: American Art, 1865–1945 is the first major exhibition collaboration between the Art Institute of Chicago and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Featuring 78 paintings and works on paper, this thematic exhibition explores the many paths by which American art became modern through its engagement with the political, economic, and cultural developments that transformed the nature of daily life, as well as modes of art making during this tumultuous period.

Pathways to Modernism includes 43 works from the Terra Foundation collection by artists such as Frederic Edwin Church, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Theodore Robinson, William Merritt Chase, Arthur Dove, Helen Torr, Charles Demuth, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Edward Hopper.

Pathways to Modernism will be accompanied by public programming and an exhibition catalogue published in Chinese and English.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.shanghaimuseum.net/museum/frontend/en/display/exhibition-info-out-line.action

Patrick Henry Bruce, Peinture, 1917–18, oil and graphite on canvas, 25 5/8 x 32 1/8in. (65.1 x 81.6cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.21
Collection Loan: Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment

The exhibition Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment explores ecological themes including Industrialization and environmental conservation, as well as shifts in American landscape painting. From the Terra Foundation Collection, two works are exhibited, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Hunter Mountain, Twilight and Martin Johnson Heade, Newburyport Marshes: Approaching Storm.  Organized by  Princeton University Art Museum, this exhibition is on view at the Princeton University Art Museum, October 13, 2018–January 6, 2019; Peabody Essex Museum, February 2, 2019–May 5, 2019; and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, May 25, 2019–September 9, 2019.

For more information, please visit:

http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/art/exhibitions/2818

 

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Hunter Mountain, Twilight, 1866. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.57
Exhibition: Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings

Cambridge University’s art gallery, Kettle’s Yard, presents Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings. This exhibition re-assesses Richard Pousette-Dart’s (1916–1992) contributions to the development of Abstract Expressionism while also examining the artist’s over 40-year friendship with Kettle’s Yard founder, Jim Ede, whose collection forms the basis of this museum. Although usually recognized for his painting, Pousette-Dart’s experiments in drawing, sculpture and photography will be featured, focusing on his formative practice during the mid-1930s to the late-1940s.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/richard-pousette-dart-beginnings/

 

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:   https://www.terraamericanart.org/where-to-find-us/chicago-alt/

Martin Johnson Heade, Still Life with Apple Blossoms in a Nautilus Shell, 1870, oil on canvas, 21 x 17 in. (53.3 x 43.2 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 1999.7