Mapping the Collection

With sup­port from the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art, the col­lec­tion re­search fel­low­ship on Amer­i­can art at Mu­se­um Lud­wig en­cour­ages the pro­duc­tion of new scho­lar­ship in a mu­se­um con­text and en­hances an on­go­ing dia­logue about US post­war vi­su­al arts in Eu­rope.

Dur­ing a two-year pe­ri­od, the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion Col­lec­tion Re­search Fel­low will conduct an in-depth study of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig’s hold­ings in Amer­i­can art, with a fo­cus on is­sues from post­colo­nial, gen­der, and queer studies. This pro­ject is called Map­ping the Col­lec­tion.

The blog is ded­i­cat­ed to pub­lish­ing and shar­ing the fel­low’s find­ings as re­search un­folds.

About the Au­thor

Jan­ice Mitchell has been work­ing as a Ter­ra Foun­da­tion Col­lec­tion Re­search Fel­low in Amer­i­can Art at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig since Ju­ly 2018. In ad­di­tion to twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Amer­i­can art, her re­search in­ter­ests are in con­tem­po­rary art and crit­i­cal artis­tic prac­tice. Mitchell is a doc­to­r­al can­di­date at the Cen­tral Saint Martins in Lon­don.

About the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art

Estab­lished in 1978 by busi­ness­man, art col­lec­tor, and Unit­ed States Am­bas­sa­dor-at-Large for Cul­tu­r­al Af­fairs Daniel J. Ter­ra (1911–1996), the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion for Amer­i­can Art is ded­i­cat­ed to fos­ter­ing ex­plo­ra­tion, un­der­s­tand­ing, and en­joy­ment of the vi­su­al arts of the Unit­ed States for na­tio­n­al and in­ter­na­tio­n­al au­di­ences. Rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing orig­i­nal works of art, the foun­da­tion pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­ac­tion and study, be­gin­n­ing with the pre­sen­ta­tion and growth of its own art col­lec­tion in Chica­go. 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. The fel­low­ship ex­em­pli­fies the in­ter­na­tio­n­al­ly col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­jects re­sid­ing at the heart of the Ter­ra Foun­da­tion’s mis­sion.

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