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Folk and Self-Taught Art

Folk and Self-Taught Art

– Permanent

Museum: American Art Museum

Location: 1st Floor, West

These galleries serve as a reminder that not all artists are formally trained, and that the making of art is as much an act of passion as of intellect. Artists represented range from Thorton Dial Sr. to Mr. Imagination to Malcah Zeldis. 

Highlights include:

  • 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.
  • Selected objects from the Rosenak Collection of American Folk Art

Related book: Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: $19.95(paper)