Terra Foundation-supported Events

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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Exhibition/Collection Loan: Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

Co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art, this exhibition examines, with new detail and insights, how Stuart Davis (1892–1964) appropriated European avant-garde painting to convey the experience of contemporary American life. Over the course of his 60-year career, the artist invented a vocabulary in which bold colors and flat, jagged forms were compressed into dense, syncopated compositions that mimic the impact of abstract billboards. By emphasizing his mature work, created after he had assimilated the lessons of Fauvism and Cubism, this exhibition argues that Davis made the European modernist styles his own and thereby created an American modernism of equal vibrancy and complexity. Stuart Davis: In Full Swing features Davis’s Super Table, from the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

This exhibition is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (June 10–September 25, 2016); National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (November 20, 2016–March 5, 2017); the de Young Museum, San Francisco, California (April 1–August 6, 2017); and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (September 16, 2017–January 1, 2018).

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Stuart Davis, Super Table, 1925, Oil on canvas, 48 x 34 1/8 in. (122.2 x 86.7 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.37
Exhibition: The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820

This exhibition reunites an extraordinary collection of paintings, portraits, and prints; mineral, plant, and animal specimens; scientific instruments; American Indian artifacts; and relics from the ancient world. Originally assembled in the Philosophy Chamber, an ornately decorated room devoted to the discipline of natural philosophy, this early teaching collection at Harvard College was founded in 1766. Artists, scientists, students, and advocates of American Independence—John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, George Washington, John Adams, and James Monroe, among others—came to the Philosophy Chamber to discover and disseminate new knowledge. The collection and the chamber played a vital role in teaching and research at Harvard, while also serving as the center of artistic and intellectual life in the greater New England region for more than 50 years.

The exhibition is also on view at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow (

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Collection Loan: Monet’s Étretat: Destination and Motif

From the Collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, two paintings are on view in the exhibition Monet’s Étretat: Destination and MotifWilliam Henry Lippincott’s The Cliffs at Étretat and the work by George Inness, Sunset, Étretat are exhibited alongside vintage photographs, period guidebooks, and printed material providing context for the transatlantic exchange that developed between American and French artists toward the end of the 19th century.  This exhibition is on view at the Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, California, September 7–December 31, 2017.


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William Henry Lippincott, The Cliffs at Étretat, 1890, oil on canvas, 10 3/4 x 14 1/16 in., Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.173
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 2017 to December 2017.

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

George Bellows, The Palisades, 1909. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.10
Panel: Chicago in Photography: documented, imagined, abstracted and re-made

As a document of and commentary on Chicago’s unique place in architectural history, photography serves a significant role in connecting contemporary architecture with the past. Moderated by art historian and curator Greg Foster-Rice, this program explores how photographers working across distinct creative modes have turned to Chicago as a site for documentation, as a source for abstraction, and as a source for creative re-visioning. A wide range of Chicago’s built heritage has been engaged by Chicago Architecture Biennial photographers—from the richly-ornamented Beaux Arts structures downtown to modernist housing infrastructures in the neighborhoods. Presentations by the panelists and discussion moderated by Foster-Rice will reflect upon how both historic photographic practices and contemporary artists’ individual approaches to the theme “Make New History” inform a broader conversation about the relevance of Chicago’s art and design history to the global concerns of the present. Speakers on this panel include Midwest-based photographer David Schalliol and Zurich-based multidisciplinary artist Marianne Mueller.

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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Conference: Sublimation: Matter, Mind, Concept in American Art of the 1960s and 1970s

This conference analyzes practices that engage with volatile materials and chemical processes against the background of contemporary philosophical reflections on sublimation.  Presenters will highlight the significance of matter and materiality in conceptualism and contemporaneous experimental art practices of the 1950s through to the 1970s in the United States and elsewhere.

For more information, please visit: http://sublimation.uni-mainz.de/

Exhibition: Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

The first comprehensive survey of Jasper Johns’s work to be held in the United Kingdom in 40 years, this exhibition will feature more than 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, revealing the continuities and changes that have occurred in the artist’s career over the past six decades and the curiosity and experimentation that Johns continues to apply to his current practice.

This exhibition is also on view at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles (February – May 2018).

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Exhibition: Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

Organized by the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, this exhibition focuses on how the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) first director, Alfred Barr, and curator of architecture, Philip Johnson, introduced modern design to North America. The exhibition’s narrative begins with Barr and Johnson’s travels in Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s. What they saw there was a revelation: the rejection of ornament, practiced by leading European architects—such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–had  given rise to a purity of form that Barr and Johnson would dub the ‘International Style’. The exhibition traces the development of modern design from its origins at the Bauhaus in Dessau to Barr and Johnson’s radical experiments in their homes to MoMA’s nationally influential exhibitions in the 1930s and beyond. It includes more than 100 objects—including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design—drawn from private and public collections.

This exhibition is also on view at the Davis Museum at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College (September 28–December 18, 2016) and the Kunsthalle Bielefeld (March 25–July 23, 2017).

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Seminar: Flipping Pop

Flipping Pop will bring together Brazilian researchers, artists, students and international guests to focus on the historical and contemporary re-readings of Pop Art at the IX Bienal de São Paulo, known as the “Biennial of Pop Art,” and the 1967 Rio “New Objectivity” exhibition.  Scholars will investigate how the art of the US was interpreted and parallels between art practices and conceptual strategies between American and Brazilian artists of the 1960s.

For more information, please visit: http://mam.org.br/evento/seminario-internacional-revisitando-pop/