Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art

Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art

From January 31, 2014 to May 4, 2014

This exhibition features an unprecedented selection of American paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, textiles, furniture, and decorative arts from the Milwaukee Art Museum’s world-class collection of folk and self-taught art. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as American art struggled to find its own voice separate from the classical European style that dominated the art world, an authentically American artistic expression was identified in the work of folk and self-taught artists. These artists, operating outside the established structure of the art world, created work that was influenced by communities and cultural traditions, rather than by art historical movements. From 19th-century weathervanes to contemporary quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, the exhibition celebrates this independent streak in American art.


700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202 

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