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Lectures and Book Signings
Introduction to the Exhibition — Outliers and American Vanguard Art

February 4 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Lynne Cooke, senior curator, department of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art

In the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art, more than 250 works explore three distinct periods in American history when mainstream and outlier artists intersected, ushering in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration, and assimilation. On view at the National Gallery of Art from January 28 through May 13, 2018, the exhibition aligns work by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican with both historic folk art and works by self-taught artists ranging from Horace Pippin to Janet Sobel and Joseph Yoakum. It also examines a recent influx of radically expressive work made on the margins that redefined the boundaries of the mainstream art world and challenged  the very categories of “outsider” and “self-taught.” Historicizing the shifting identity and role of this distinctly American version of modernism’s “other,” the exhibition probes assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture.

A book signing of the exhibition catalog follows.

Joseph Yoakum, Briar Head Mtn of National Park Range of Bryce Canyon National Park near Hatch, Utah U.S.A., c. 1969, National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Collectors Committee and the Donald and Nancy de Laski Fund

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