Terra Foundation-supported Events

Exhibition: William Blake in the Age of Aquarius

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius  considers parallels between English artist and author William Blake’s time and mid-twentieth-century America, touching on such issues as political repression, social transformation, and struggles for civil rights. Blake’s protests against the conventions of his day were inspirational for many young Americans disillusioned by perceived cultural tendencies of social uniformity, materialism and consumerism, racial and gender discrimination, and environmental degradation. This generation sought in Blake a model of independence, imagination, and resistance to authority. The exhibition will feature American artists for whom Blake was an important inspiration and will include more than 130 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and posters, as well as original Blake prints and illuminated books from collections throughout the United States.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/view/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/william-blake-and-the-age-of-aquarius1.html

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.

Charles Courtney Curran, Lotus Lilies, 1888, oil on canvas, 18 x 32 in. (45.7 x 81.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.35
Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

This exhibition explores the life, work and legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), presenting the artist’s best-known photographs alongside work that has never been published. The exhibition covers Mapplethorpe’s origins in the downtown New York scene in the 1970s, through his rise to fame as a photographer in the early 1980s, to his centrality in the so-called Culture Wars in 1989, the year of his death.

The exhibition is also on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (March 20–July 31, 2016).

For more information, please visit:
https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/robert-mapplethorpe/

Exhibition James Rosen­quist: Paint­ing as Im­mer­sion

This retrospective ex­hi­bi­tion of Pop Art icon James Rosen­quist (1933–2017) will present his massive works in the context of their cul­tu­r­al, so­cial, and po­lit­i­cal di­men­sions. Along with archival mate­rials and doc­u­ments de­sig­nat­ed by the artist as source ma­te­rials, some of which have not previously been ex­hi­b­it­ed, the show will re­veal Rosen­quist’s marked in­ter­est in history and the political events of his time.

This exhibition will also be on view at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (April 14–August 19, 2018).

For more information, please visit:
http://www.museum-ludwig.de/en/exhibitions/james-rosenquist-painting-as-immersion.html

Seminar: “Collecting Chicago Design: Who Should Do It, When, and Where” by Paul Gehl

Paul Gehl, Curator Emeritus of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library, will discuss the history of collecting design objects and the role private collectors can play. An interactive discussion will follow.

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/02222018-paul-gehl-newberry-library

Roundtable: “Clement Greenberg Translated”

Since the 1960s, “working against Greenberg” has proven to be a productive path for artists, critics and art historians alike. Intermedial practices have undone his notion of medium-specificity as a driving force for artistic experimentation, together with the formalism it implies. Concentration on the gendered body has questioned his privileging of the visual over other forms of sensorial experience. Claims for artistic and cultural diversity have replaced his paradigm of canonical art. Art activism and participatory practices now occupy the center stage.

What, then, are the stakes in reading Clement Greenberg in French today? The release of Écrits choisis des années 1940 & Art et Culture (Éditions Macula, 2017) is an opportunity to reassess the importance of these writings when artistic and critical interests point in opposite directions. What new aspects of Greenberg’s ideas and persona does this editorial project reveal? How does it invite us to think about the impact of his ideas on artistic practices and theories in new and fresh ways?

Speakers:

  • Ann Hindry, Curator, Collection d’art Renault
  • Caroline A. Jones, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Katia Schneller, Associate Professor, École supérieure d’art et design Grenoble – Valence

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in English. Please RSVP by February 5 to:
[email protected]

Exhibition: Walker Evans

This major retrospective of seminal photographer Walker Evans views his work through the lens of one of his obsessions — the American vernacular, or the language of everyday life found in roadside attractions, postcards, storefronts, and signage across the country.Over five decades, Evans’s powerful images responded to and reflected the spirit, suffering, and fortitude of a nation. His iconic images of the Great Depression and his postwar photo essays depicting shop window displays, urban architecture, and junked automobiles defined a new documentary style that continues to influence generations of artists.

The exhibition was also be presented at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (April 26, 2017–August 14, 2017).

For more information, please visit: https://www.sfmoma.org/exhibition/walker-evans/

Exhibition/Collection Loan: Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England

Developed around two iconic Homer paintings—the Worcester Art Museum’s The Gale (1883–93) and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Hark! The Lark (1882)—the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England explores the artist’s time in Cullercoats, England, in 1881 and 1882. Jointly coordinated by Worcester and Milwaukee, the exhibition features the most comprehensive group of oils made during or emerging directly from Homer’s time abroad. Shown alongside comparative paintings by English artists, these works complicate our understanding of Homer’s art as purely American in subject and style.  From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Winslow Homer’s Perils of the Sea and The Nurse are exhibited.

This exhibition is also on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (March 2–May 20, 2018).

For more information please visit: 
http://www.worcesterart.org/exhibitions/winslow-homer/

Winslow Homer, The Nurse, 1867, oil on panel, 19 x 11 in. (48.3 x 27.9 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.74
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.

Charles Courtney Curran, Lotus Lilies, 1888, oil on canvas, 18 x 32 in. (45.7 x 81.3 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.35
Exhibition: Irving Penn

This major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn will mark the centennial of the artist’s birth, and will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist to date. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Penn mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail.

This exhibition was also on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York (April 24–July 30, 2017). It will subsequently travel to Berlin and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/irving-penn