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31 Jan 2018

Critical Walk-Through: Sarah Suzuki on Self-Taught Genius

*Please note that this program is located at the Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City, Queens.*

Curator Sarah Suzuki will discuss selected drawings and prints on view in the exhibition Highlights from Self-Taught Genius in a guided gallery tour.

A Critical Walk-Through is a 40-minute guided tour that is meant to offer an alternative perspective to the works on view. It includes conversations with artists, scholars, and curators, providing an intimate opportunity to engage with the central themes and histories found in the artwork. The program is limited to 25 individuals.

The program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Highlights from Self-Taught Genius at the newly opened Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City, Queens. The exhibition traces the enduring notion of self-taught genius from its roots in the eighteenth century to its iterations in the present through highlights from the American Folk Art Museum’s collection of artists who create outside traditional frames of reference and canonical art history.


Sarah Suzuki is curator of drawings and prints at the Museum of Modern Art. At MoMA, Suzuki’s exhibitions include Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War (2015–16); Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection (2015–16); Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground (2014–15); The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters (2014–15); Wait, Later This Will All Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth (2013); Printin’ (2011) with the artist Ellen Gallagher; ‘Ideas Not Theories’: Artists and The Club, 1942–1962 (2010) and Rock Paper Scissors (2010) with Jodi Hauptman; Mind & Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940 to Now (2010); and Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities (2008), as well as solo exhibitions of Meiro Koizumi (2013), Yin Xiuzhen (2010), Song Dong (2009), and Gert and Uwe Tobias (2008). Among her publications is 2012’s What Is a Print?  She has also contributed to numerous books, catalogues, and journals. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University, Suzuki has lectured widely and taught numerous courses on the subject of modern and contemporary art.


Image (detail): James Castle (1899–1977), Untitled (Handmade Book), Soot and saliva on found paper, bound with string, 12 × 10 3/16″ (closed), American Folk Art Museum, Gift of Thomas Isenberg, 2001.32.1. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

6:00 pm–7:00 pm

$5 members, students, seniors; $8 non-members

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