Horace Pippin, Interior, 1944, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Question the terms “folk artist,” “outsider artist” and “self-taught artist” at the National Gallery of Art

Some 250 works explore three distinct periods in American history when mainstream and outlier artists intersected, ushering in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration, and assimilation. The exhibition aligns work by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican with both historic folk art and works by self-taught artists ranging from Horace Pippin to Janet Sobel and Joseph Yoakum. It also examines a recent influx of radically expressive work made on the margins that redefined the boundaries of the mainstream art world, while challenging the very categories of “outsider” and “self-taught.” Historicizing the shifting identity and role of this distinctly American version of modernism’s “other,” the exhibition probes assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture. A fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by Lynne Cooke, senior curator, special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art.

We’ll go for coffee and discussion afterwards to the National Gallery’s Terrace Cafe.


Event Information

Cost: Complimentary


2:00PM - 4:00PM Sat 21 Apr 2018 ( Timezone: Central )


National Gallery of Art
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565

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Kashka Kubzdela
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