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The Art Institute of Chicago and the Terra Foundation for American Art
The galleries of American Art present a continuous display of artistic achievement in painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the colonial era through 1950, enriched by the collaboration between the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. The Terra Foundation has lent the Art Institute approximately 50 paintings and 350 works on paper, which are on view here in the Rice Building and by appointment in the Department of Prints and Drawings.
The Terra Foundation for American Art was established in 1978 by businessman and art collector Daniel J. Terra (1911–1996), who believed that the art of the United States is a dynamic and powerful expression of the nation’s history and identity. During his lifetime, Terra shaped the foundation and its growing collection of art, and he opened the Terra Museum of American Art (1980–2004) to display his holdings and host traveling exhibitions. For his efforts in promoting American art and culture, Terra was appointed Ambassador at Large for Cultural Affairs (1982–88), a position created for him by President Ronald Reagan. From 1992 through 2008, the Terra Foundation operated the Musée d’Art Américain Giverny, which exhibited the work of a wide range of American artists and covered numerous topics with a transatlantic focus.
Today the Terra Foundation is one of the leading organizations in the world dedicated to supporting American art. The foundation’s center in Paris, the Terra Foundation for American Art Europe, encourages the study of American art by European audiences and builds on the successes of the Musée d’Art Américain Giverny. For over 30 years, the foundation has both created and funded exhibitions, fellowships, publications, and symposia. At the core of all Terra Foundation activities is the fundamental belief in the value of art to distinguish and unite cultures. At the Art Institute, the Terra Foundation for American Art is pleased to add works from its collection to an already outstanding display in an effort to highlight the importance of experiencing original works of art.
6 hours 20 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago COMING SOON—Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–75
The short-lived Tokyo magazine Provoke is now recognized as a major achievement in world photography of the last 50 years. A major international traveling show, which has Chicago as its only North American venue, this exhibition is the first survey of postwar Japanese art to be organized at the Art Institute and draws heavily on the the museum’s collection—more than 60% of the over 200 items on display belong to the Art Institute.
OPENING JANUARY 28—http://bit.ly/2jMlnUx
9 hours 32 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—The Italian–born American artist Josef Stella revisited his native Italy in 1922, where he became fascinated by Renaissance painting. Drawing inspiration from Sandro Botticelli, Stella began to produce decorative, detailed, symbolic compositions, such as A Vision (seen here). Stella was enthralled by the tropical plants he observed at the Bronx Botanical Garden in New York, and he imagined an iconic woman growing out of the earth like the towering flowers on either side of her.
The French–born American artist Gaston Lachaise found his own iconic inspiration for the sculpture, Woman (Elevation), in Isabel Dutaud Nagle, whom he later married, telling her, “I want to create a miracle with it… as great as you.” This sculpture represents Lachaise’s first full-scale expression of the idealized female form that would come to dominate his art. Modernists like Lachaise believed preclassical art possessed a primitive vitality absent from later art forms.
See Josef Stella’s A Vision (1925/26) and Gaston Lachaise’s Woman (Elevation) (1912–15; cast 1927)—on view in Gallery 271.
1 day 5 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Our latest exhibition in the Modern Wing represents the last decade of the artist’s work in video. Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality, endemic racism, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. While McMillian's work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
See Rodney McMillian: a great society on view in the Modern Wing through March 26.