Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum
Presented by the Saint Louis Art Museum | June 19–September 11, 2016 | Main Exhibition Galleries, East Building
Self-Taught Genius explores the continuum of American folk art through the concept of a “self-taught genius,” an enduring term that has changed dramatically over time. Framed within context of seven principles from which people are compelled to create—achievers, encoders, messengers, improvement, reformers, ingenuity, and guides—this exhibition highlights more than 100 remarkable works by self-taught artists. These modern and contemporary artistic visionaries expressed distinct and unorthodox creativity, and were active participants in shaping American visual culture. As self-taught geniuses they influenced generations of artists and established lively artistic traditions, from post-Revolutionary times to today.
Organized by the American Folk Art Museum, Self-Taught Genius was brought to the Saint Louis Art Museum by M. Melissa Wolfe, curator of American art. The exhibition will travel to theTampa Museum of Art after its presentation in St. Louis.