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American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection
American folk and self-taught artists offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of America – from its inception to the present – in powerful visual narratives.
Committed February 2020 - 2022
About the Exhibition
Everyone has a story to tell. A life lived, as witness to or participant in events both private and shared. Such moments are captured by American folk and self-taught artists in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of America from its inception to the present. The American Folk Art Museum is pleased to propose a major traveling exhibition in partnership with Art Bridges that shares these stories and more with audiences throughout the United States.
The exhibition will showcase 50-70 stellar works of folk and self-taught art from the museum’s premier collection. Beautiful, diverse, and truthful, the art illuminates the thoughts and experiences of individuals with an immediacy that is palpable and unique to these expressions.
The artworks will be organized into four sections – Founders, Travelers, Philosophers, Seekers – that respond to such themes as nationhood, freedom, community, imagination, opportunity, and legacy. Evocative visual juxtapositions and accessible contextual information will further reveal the vital role that folk art plays as a witness to history, carrier of cultural heritage, and a reflection of the world at large through the eyes, heart, and mind of the artist.
3,000-4,000 sq ft
6 venues at 12-16 weeks each