Exhibition - Six Decades Collecting Self-Taught Art

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 11:30am

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023

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The works of art on view in Six Decades Collecting Self-Taught Art provide a rich snapshot of the museum’s extensive and growing collection of more than 8,500 works of art. The selection conveys the museum’s commitment to study, preserve, and present the complexity, ingenuity, and relevance of artistic creations that have emerged in the United States and internationally.

For centuries, changes in personal life, culture, and technology have provoked meaningful artistic responses and practices. The expansive perspective taken through this exhibition embraces diverse narratives and finds entry to connect these works of hand, heart, and mind to our contemporary perceptions. Works by Edward Hicks and other nineteenth century artists tell the story of historical folk art in the United States. Twentieth and twenty-first century works by idiosyncratic artists such as Aloise Corbaz, Henry Darger, Horace Pippin, and Judith Scott further demonstrate unconventional paths to creativity that may translate alternative experiences, circumstances, and systems of belief.

Exhibition Date: August 26, 2019 – January 3, 2021

Admission is always free.

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