A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
Location: Charles R. Wood Gallery and Whitney-Renz Gallery
Organized by Art Services International
Until the late nineteenth century, American homes were decorated with paintings, furniture, and decorative pieces made by regional artists, few of whom had received any formal artistic training. Their work was colorful and creative, and often combined traditional forms and motifs with innovative materials and functions. Communities like the Pennsylvania Germans celebrated their European origins by perpetuating Old Country types of furniture and decoration. This exhibition celebrates the nation’s vibrant folk art traditions in the era before the rise of the professionally trained artist.
The exhibition is drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.
Image: Unidentified Artist, Still Life with Basket of Fruit, 1860-1880, oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection.