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Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America

October 6, 2016–February 26, 2017

Humanity demands that no life should pass without some recognition, whether it is a marked grave, a painted posthumous portrait, or a postmortem photograph. Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America is the first museum exhibition dedicated to an examination of American self-taught portraiture of the 18th and 19th centuries through the lens of memory and loss.

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Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America

October 6, 2016–February 26, 2017

Humanity demands that no life should pass without some recognition, whether it is a marked grave, a painted posthumous portrait, or a postmortem photograph. Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America is the first museum exhibition dedicated to an examination of American self-taught portraiture of the 18th and 19th centuries through the lens of memory and loss.

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BIRD OF PARADISE QUILT TOP

Artist unidentified

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

May 12, 2014–January 16, 2017

Coming to the Tampa Museum of Art on October 1, 2016.

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Lady in a Gold-Colored Dress

Ammi Phillips (1788–1865)

American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

July 2–September 18, 2016

More than one hundred artworks from the museum’s collection will be on view July 2–September 19 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The exhibition examines the exuberant art made by self-taught practitioners who were fueled by revolutionary fervor and enlightenment philosophy. Their creativity shaped American identity and visual culture, and further reflected the practical nature of young America, whose citizenry most valued art that was functional. This exhibition was organized by the American Folk Art Museum in collaboration with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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