Drawing on America's
Past: Folk Art, Modernism,
and the Index of American Design
Virginia Tuttle Clayton et al.
This beautifully illustrated book commemorates the sixtieth
anniversary of the National Gallery of Art's acquisition of the Index of
American Design. Three essays explore the history, operation, and ambitions
of the Index of American Design, examine folk-art collecting in America
during the early decades of the twentieth century, and consider the Index's
role in the search for a national cultural identity in early twentieth-century
United States. The book displays eighty-two of the finest watercolor renderings
along with a selection of the original artifacts they represent.