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Headquartered in Chicago, at 120 East Erie Street, the Terra Foundation for America Art is a philanthropic institution with a mission of sharing the historical art of the United States with audiences across the globe. Implicit in all of our undertakings is a belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.
Terra Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Glassman oversees the organization’s global exhibition, research, and education programs, as well as its collection of nearly 800 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures dating from the late eighteenth century to 1945.
The Terra Foundation Paris Center & Library, located at 121 rue de Lille, serves as the hub of the foundation's European activities, hosting a growing international community of art historians and scholars.
The Terra Foundation Library of American Art specializes in art from the eighteenth century to 1980. A unique partnership with the Fondation Custodia provides access to a shared reading room and combined holdings of approximately 150,000 volumes on Western art history.
Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art firsthand, the Terra Foundation supports exhibitions that increase the understanding and appreciation of historical American art, including Calder at the Rijksmuseum, which featured the artist's monumental sculpture Jerusalem Stabile (1976).
Developed by our curatorial staff in concert with institutional partners throughout the world, Terra Collection Initiatives are collaborative exhibitions and programs that further scholarship on the collection and make significant contributions to the study and understanding of historic American art. Here, curator Seung-ik Kim guides visitors through the 2013 exhibition Art Across America, which was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Museum of Korea; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Terra Foundation.
Through its academic programs, the foundation actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics. Here, University of Delaware Professor Wendy Bellion presents “The Afterlife of Iconoclasm: Destruction and Surrogation in Nineteenth-Century New York” at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art.