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A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

June 10, 2017 – September 3, 2017

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.

Press Release

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.

View all of these works and more in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

 

Image: Attributed to Ammi Phillips (1788–1865), United States, James Mairs Salisbury, circa 1835,oil on canvas, 32 x 27 in. (81.2 x 68.5 cm), Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection

Image: Unidentified artist, United States, Corner Cupboard, circa 1820, tulip poplar, brass, iron and paint, 95 x 46 x 22 ½ in. (241.3 x 116.9 x 57.1 cm), Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection

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

Image: Attributed to the Dentzel Company; possibly Salvatore Cernigliaro (1879–1974), United States, Rabbit Carousel Figure, circa 1910, basswood and paint, Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection

 

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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