Chicago


The Newberry Library
$50,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support Chicago Avant-Garde: Six Women Ahead of Their Time at The Newberry Library. The exhibition explores the experimental culture that emerged in Chicago across a range of artistic disciplines during the first half of the twentieth century. An English-language catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
$34,455
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition entitled High Craft in Chicago in the 1970s–80s. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support the two-day Design + Activism Symposium, examining design’s role in social movements and activism in Chicago past and present, to be held in conjunction with the Chicago History Museum’s research project to develop the 2024 Art Design Chicago exhibition Chicago Designs for Change.

Center for Native Futures
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support the Mounds Summit, the inaugural two-day conference of the newly formed Center for Native Futures, dedicated to scholarship addressing Indigenous Futurisms, and the contemporary art and creative art practices of Native people.

Africa International House USA, Inc.
$25,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support a public symposium, “Art & Agency: Exploring the African American Quilting Tradition,” at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, examining the history and significance of quilting within African American communities and the broader African diaspora, with emphasis on quilting’s role as an art form and a medium for storytelling and resistance.

University of Chicago Arts
$24,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled Ruth Duckworth: Theme and Variations, investigating the effect of Chicago on the sculptor’s creative output, while also situating Duckworth’s work and charting her influence in the history of twentieth-century ceramics in Chicago. The grant supports one public symposium and two curatorial research trips. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

South Side Community Art Center
$69,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition tentatively entitled RE Source: Art and Resourcefulness in Black Chicago, exploring the history and legacy of the practices of resourcefulness and reuse by African American artists in Chicago from the 1930s to the present. The grant supports one research convening; the formation of an advisory group comprising scholars, artists, and environmental activists; four national research trips; and the hiring of both a Terra Foundation Research Fellow and a Terra Foundation Engagement Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Newberry Library
$14,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition exploring the centrality of immigrant makers and communities to the history of printing in Chicago from the nineteenth century to the present. The grant supports a planning convening that includes designers and typographers, scholars of art and design, community partners, and audience-engagement specialists. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Museum of Contemporary Photography
$68,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support research and development activities for an exhibition and catalogue tentatively entitled Dawit L. Petros: Prospetto a Mare, examining how colonialism and cultural memory are inscribed within the visual culture and built environment of Chicago. The project introduces a Chicago chapter to photographer Petros’s ongoing body of work examining cross-border flows and diasporas spanning Italy, North and West Africa, and North America, as well as the ways Fascist design and politics asserted itself in Chicago and within a larger transnational context. The grant supports one national and two international curatorial research trips and the hiring of a Terra Foundation Research Fellow. The project is expected to lead to an exhibition as part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

Museum of Contemporary Photography
$50,000
Chicago, Illinois
2021

To support Much Unseen is Also Here, an exhibition exploring the links between works by An-My Lê and Shahzia Sikander, artists who explore the concepts of the monument and monumentality as a means of probing historical narratives, systems of power, and cultural identity. The exhibition reveals connections among the artists’ works and thematic concerns, ranging from climate change and migration to the Western art-historical canon and the embrace of otherness. The project is part of the multi-institution initiative, “Toward a Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40.”