27 Friday

American Folk Art Museum- Unexpected Partners: Self-Taught Art and Modernism in Interwar America

Fri, January 27, 2023 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)


Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered features over 40 of the artist’s paintings (more than half of his output) as well as photographic and audio archives that trace the painter’s brief but sensational career in New York. This exhibition reintroduces to scholars, historians, and the contemporary audience a singular artist whose work has been obscured since his death in 1946.

In the symposium “Unexpected Partners: Self-Taught Art and Modernism in Interwar America”, Morris Hirshfield’s remarkable production and contentious reception serve as a springboard for a broader consideration of modernism’s complex interchange with self-taught art in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Panelists will revisit a vital moment during the interwar period when vanguard and self-taught art were in dialogue through new research into key episodes such as Morris Hirshfield’s embrace by the Surrealists who decamped to New York as fascism rose in Europe or William Edmondson’s experience as the first Black and self-taught artist to be given a solo exhibition at MoMA.

Talks will highlight the important contributions that self-taught artists made to the development of modernism in the United States, redressing these artists’ gradual exclusion from the art-historical canon in the postwar era and fleshing out a more representative narrative of American art.

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Friday, January 27, 2023

11:00 am - 5:00 pm  

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