"A Shared Legacy: FOLK ART IN AMERICA" highlights art created by artists in rural areas in New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1925 - artists who did not always adhere to the academic models that established artistic taste in urban centers of the East Coast. Included are portraits; vivid still life, landscape, and allegorical paintings; commercial and highly personal sculpture; and distinctice examples of furniture from the German-American community. More than 60 works, including paintings on canvas, panel, and paper by some of the most admired 19th-century American painters; sculpture; and examples of American furniture and other household objects, exemplify the breadth of American creative expression during a period of enormous political, social, and cultural change in the United States.
Rooted in the family as well as the preservation of personal and cultural identity, art was one means by which Americans living far from their places of origin maintained a bond to the lives they had known. As communities were established and became prosperous, many people sought tangible evidence of their success. In Eastern cities, the well-to-do patronized trained artists who had studied at home or abroad. However, to meet the demand of customers who were living far from urban centers, self-taught or minimally-trained artists arose to create art for customers or for their own pleasure. A need for art in outlying areas fostered the emergence of several generations of artists who were responsible for a pivotal development in the history of American art.
December 14, 2014 - March 8, 2015 American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY)
March 28 - July 5 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO)
July 25 - October 11 Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA)
November 7, 2015 - February 28, 2016 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN)
April 2 - June 19 Montgomery Museum of Art (Montgomery, AL)
July 10 - October 2 Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg, PA)
November 19, 2016 - January 22, 2017 Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV)
February 11 - March 26 Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL)
June 10 - September 3 Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, OH)
October 7 - December 31 The Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, NY)
January 20 - April 15 Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC)
May 5 - July 29 -- OPEN --
August 18 - November 4 Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (Farmville, VA)
November 24, 2018 – February 17, 2019 -- OPEN --