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Folk and Self-Taught Art

Folk and Self-Taught Art

October 21, 2016 – Ongoing

American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

Location: 1st Floor, West

The works in SAAM’s galleries for folk and self-taught art represent the powerful vision of America’s untrained and vernacular artists, embodying diverse American narratives and reminding us that creativity flourishes independent of formal art training. Includes James Hampton's The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly (1950-64), a visionary work made from salvaged materials covered in gold and silver foil.

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James Hampton, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly, ca. 1950-1964, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of anonymous donors