Image: Unidentified Artist, United States, Chest over Drawers, 1803, tulip poplar, brass, iron, and paint, 27 x 50 x 22 ½ in. (68.5 x 127 x 57.1 cm), Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection
View extraordinary examples of art created by self-taught or minimally trained artists between 1800 and 1925. The exhibition features more than 60 works. Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster, Jr.; vivid still lifes, allegorical scenes and landscapes, whimsical trade signs and figure and animal sculptures. In total, these works illustrate the ingenuity and breadth of American creative expression during a period of significant political, social, and cultural change in the United States.
This exhibition is drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection, and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. As a special feature, approximately 30 equally noteworthy examples of folk art, drawn from private collections in the region, supplement this exhibition.
Ticketed – free for members.
June 8, 7 p.m.
Lecture: Neither Common nor Everyday: The Barbara Gordon Folk Art Collection | Curator and writer Richard Miller will discuss the amazing collection on display in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. Free for members. $10 general admission. Reservations recommended.
June 18, 1–3 p.m.
Creative Encounters: Folk Art | Explore the museum, experiment with art and express your creativity in this monthly program for adult visitors. Learn about some of the self-taught artists from A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America before creating your own project. Reservations required. $10 general admission, $5 for members and college students.
June 30, 5–9 p.m.
Art After Dark: CAM Carnival | Come one, come all to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s “CAM Carnival” celebration of the special exhibition A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. Guests may enjoy live music, carnival games, hotdogs from U-Lucky Dawg, cash bars and exclusive access to the entire museum. Free admission to the museum and special exhibitions during this event. Free parking. No RSVP required. #artafterdarkcincy #FolkYeah
July 9, 2 p.m.
Muse: Folk Music and Art | This program connects music and art by featuring live concerts as well as a gallery discussion. Join us this month to compare folk music to artwork in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. Free. Reservations not required.
August 12, 2 p.m.
In Depth: A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America with Curator of Decorative Arts and Design Amy Dehan and Curator of American Painting and Sculpture Julie Aronson | Take a closer look at our latest special exhibition with the Cincinnati Art Museum curators, who will guide visitors through the vibrant world of folk art. Free. Reservations required.
August 19, 1 p.m.
Public Tour with ASL Interpretation: A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America | During this public tour of our lively special exhibition A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, a certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins a trained docent for a guided tour. Free. Reservations recommended.
September 2, 12–4 p.m.
Family First Saturday: D.I.Y. | We’re celebrating our exhibition A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America with free, fun, family activities that focus on all things homemade and "do-it-yourself." Enjoy a special scavenger hunt, visits from local artists, hands-on art-making and much more. Free. Reservations not required.
Header Image: Attributed to Edward Hicks (1780–1849), United States, The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity, 1835–40, oil on canvas, 26 x 29 ½ in. (66 x 74.9 cm), Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection