Terra Museum of American Art

Chicago, IL



Outsider and Folk Art: The Chicago Collections


A vast array of Outsider Art, defined as art created by unschooled, self-taught artists, will be the focus of an exhibition, Outsider and Folk Art: The Chicago Collections, to open Saturday, January 15, 2000, at Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago, continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2000.

The exhibition, which underscores the important role of Chicago collectors in bringing the aesthetic value of Outsider Art to recognition worldwide, spans three generations of artists in the 20th century. The more than 300 works presented will illustrate the profound attachment of Outsider artists to their traditions and origins. Among the artists represented are Bill Traylor, Henry Darger, Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack), acid Sister Gertrude Morgan.

Outsider and Folk Art: The Chicago Collections was originally organized by the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris and exhibited there from September 14 through July 25, 1999. The Chicago exhibition has been further curated by the Terra Museum of American Art.

Images from top to bottom: Doc Atomic, Red Head with Blue Star, 1994, electronic parts, 15 x 11 1/.2 x 6 inches, Collection of Judy Saslow; Nicholas Herrera, Radioactive Waste Disposal Truck, 1990, carved painted wood, mixed media, 30 1/2 x 6 x 30 inches, Collection of Myron and Cecille Shure

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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