A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

When: Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 until Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where: The Hyde Collection Art Museum, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY 12801

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
October 8 to December 31

The final major exhibition of 2017, A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, celebrates art traditions in rural areas of New England, the South, and the Midwest between 1800 and 1925. The Hyde is the last stop on the exhibition's national tour, which was presented at the American Folk Art Museum, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, and Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition features more than 60 works from the distinguished collection of Barbara L. Gordon, including still life, landscape, portraits, sculpture, and distinctive examples of decorative art that exemplify the breadth of American creative expression. Made by self-taught artists and artisans, who often lacked formal training, the works did not adhere to the established artistic taste in the urban centers along the East Coast. The result is art that is colorful and creative, often with traditional themes and functions. This stunning exhibition showcases the nation's vibrant folk art traditions that prevailed in the United States for more than a century. It is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with essays by Ms. Gordon, a folk art collector and trustee of the American Folk Art Museum; Richard Miller, an independent curator, formerly at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia; Avis Berman, an independent art historian based in New York; Cynthia G. Falk, professor of material culture at Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York; and Ralph Sessions, director of special projects at the DC Moore Gallery in New York and former chief curator at the American Folk Art Museum; among others.


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