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Virtual Insights: (Re)Turning the Gaze

Join us for a conversation with curators Karen Patterson, Ka-Man Tse, Sophie Hackett, and exhibition curator Valérie Rousseau as they explore notions of the gaze in works by both contemporary photographers and artists from the museum exhibition PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET

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Virtual Insights: Objects of Desire

How do we understand photographs in PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie that range from the suggestive to the sexually explicit? Curators Brian Wallis, Joel Smith, and Nelson Santos will unpack varied visual expressions of desire, sexuality, and gender expansiveness and discuss how these and other concerns inform works featured in this exhibition and others.

6:00 – 7:30 PM ET

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Virtual Insights: The Imagined Worlds of Marwencol with Jon Ronson and Mark Hogancamp

Best-selling author Jon Ronson joins exhibition curator Valérie Rousseau to explore self-taught artist Mark Hogancamp’s unique photographic practice and documentation of Marwencol, a miniature, hand-built fantasy world constructed by Hogancamp in his backyard in upstate New York. Hogancamp will also join the conversation to discuss his latest work.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET

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A Message from the Director and CEO, Jason T. Busch

Read a seasonal message from Museum Director and CEO, Jason T. Busch

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Signature Styles: Friendship, Album, and Fundraising Quilts

At the Self-Taught Genius Gallery (temporarily closed)
Long Island City, Queens

By its nature, the signature quilt is meant to be read not only as a whole but also square by square. Although the form is known by various names—including friendship, album, and fundraising quilts—what all of these types share in common is the composite nature of the quilting project, in which individual signed blocks have been brought together to form a larger design. Often a group undertaking, each block was typically named for, and frequently made and/or paid for by, a different member of a community.

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Concrete Kingdom: Sculptures by Nek Chand

“Concrete Kingdom: Sculptures by Nek Chand” showcases the work of this visionary self-taught artist from India, whose thousands of cement animal and human sculptures occupy a 25-acre site-specific art installation, the Rock Garden, in Chandigarh, India. The American Folk Art Museum recently acquired 29 works from a miniature garden Nek Chand built for the National Children’s Museum, in Washington, D.C. (reopening in 2012). These sculptures, along with five already in the museum’s collection, are featured in groupings on tiered pedestals, echoing the design of the original Rock Garden. Large-scale photographic images demonstrate the grand scale of the world’s largest and most significant folk art environment. The exhibition also examines how Nek Chand has adjusted his private vision into a public one and how the mission of the Rock Garden has adapted to reflect the needs of its community.

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Post-Dubuffet: Self-Taught Art in the Twenty-First Century—SOLD OUT

Curators, scholars, and artist come together in this symposium to examine the current state of self-taught art. Speakers will include Maxwell L. Anderson, Edward M. Gómez, Massimiliano Gioni, Jane Kallir, Randall Morris, Barbara Safarova, and Valérie Rousseau, symposium chair and curator at the American Folk Art Museum.

 

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Virtual Insights: Antwaun Sargent in Conversation with Horace D. Ballard

Join us for a conversation with author and critic Antwaun Sargent in dialogue with curator and art historian Horace D. Ballard as they explore the rich histories and contemporary practices of emerging and established Black and self-taught photographers with a focus on questions of power, position, and influence.  

Watch a recording of this program online here.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET

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