Terra Foundation Announces Art Design Chicago

Yearlong Initiative in 2018 Exploring the Enduring Impact of Chicago’s Art and Design Legacy

The Terra Foundation for American Art has announced Art Design Chicago, "a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago’s role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design". 

The announcement drew notice from The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and Art Net News, among others. 


From The Terra Foundation

Spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation, with significant support from The Richard H. Driehaus FoundationArt Design Chicago was developed in partnership with more than 40 cultural organizations to celebrate Chicago’s artists, designers, and creative producers. Focusing in particular on the period between the 1871 Great Chicago Fire and the turn of the 21st century, the initiative reveals little-known narratives of ingenuity and perseverance and provides new insights on Chicago’s enduring influence on fine and decorative arts, graphic and commercial design, product development, and film. Art Design Chicago will feature more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs, presented throughout 2018, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part documentary. Together, these activities shine a light on Chicago’s art and design legacy, and its continued impact on contemporary practice.

Exhibitions for Art Design Chicago will include single-artist surveys as well as exhibitions on specific groups, time periods, and geographies. These are complemented by a vast array of public programs that will provide contemporary audiences with opportunities to engage more directly with the ideas that informed these artists and their art. The initiative will also include the publication of new scholarship and the development of a four-part documentary by WTTW-TV (PBS). A selection of highlights from Art Design Chicago includes:

- African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce, and the Politics of Race: an exhibition, with accompanying programming, organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events / Chicago Cultural Center that explores how African American designers in Chicago defined a role for themselves in the design professions by working across media and disciplines. Opening in September 2018.

- Picture Fictions: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography: an exhibition organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago that examines the influence of Chicago-based artist Kenneth Josephson, who was an early and influential practitioner of conceptual photography. Opening in April 2018.

- Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America: an exhibition that shares Chicago’s significant contributions to modern American design from the 1930s to the early 1950s, presented at the Chicago History Museum. Opening in October 2018.

- Arte Diseño Xicágo: Mexican Inspiration from the World’s Columbian Exposition to the Civil Rights Era: an exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art that surveys the early involvement and influence of Mexican travelers and immigrants on art and design of the industrial Midwest city. Opening in March 2018.

- Hairy Who?: the largest exhibition solely dedicated to the influential group of artists known as the Hairy Who, to be shown at the Art Institute of Chicago. The show will also emphasize Chicago’s contributions to American art history. Opening in September 2018.

- Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow: an exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue, at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art that highlights the history and influence of outsider art in Chicago, and the reasons the city embraced this work and its practitioners. Opening June 2018.

- Into the City: A History of Chicago Art: a multi-author book about Chicago art from 1871 – 2010, to be published by University of Chicago Press. Release date to be announced.

- Show the World: 150 Years of Chicago Art and Design: a four-part documentary series exploring Chicago’s historical impact in art and design innovation, to be produced by and air on WTTW-TV (PBS.)  Air dates to be announced.

- Fallfest 2018: a series of 5–7 public programs and a graduate-student convening on Chicago’s history of art and design, October–November 2018 as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.

- Teen Printmaking Program at YOUmedia: a Chicago Public Library-sponsored initiative that includes a traveling printmaking workshop, accompanied by a youth-curated exhibition drawn from the Library’s impressive Special Collections. June–December 2018.

Additional projects, programs, publications, exhibitions, and events will be announced in the coming months. Programs and dates subject to change.

For more information, including a comprehensive list of Art Design Chicago partner organizations, as well as Civic Committee and Advisory Committee members, visit artdesignchicago.org.

About Terra Foundation for American Art:

Since it was established in 1978, the Terra Foundation for American Art has been one of the leading foundations focused on the historical art of the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, it is committed to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of American art among national and international audiences. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation also provides opportunities for interaction and study through the presentation and ongoing development of its own art collection in Chicago.

About The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation:

Through strategic philanthropic partnerships, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation seeks to improve Chicago’s built environment, support cultural stewardship in the arts, strengthen democracy through investigative journalism, and advance economic opportunity for the working poor. The Foundation believes that the arts play an essential role in the cultural life of Chicago. They provide entertainment, stimulate our imagination, challenge our perceptions, and encourage us to reflect upon our distinct traditions and our shared humanity.


For more information visit The Terra Foundation.


FEATURED: George Josimovich, Illinois Central, 1927, oil on canvas, 41 x 46 1/2 in. (104.1 x 118.1 cm), Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2004.1

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