CHADDS FORD – The traveling exhibition “Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America” remains open until September 5 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
“Seeing art in person, especially in a museum, is a very different experience than seeing it on a screen, be it a computer, a television or even a film. In person, the finer details and textures of the artwork are much more evident, ”said Amanda Burdan, the museum’s senior curator.
This Sunday, August 7, admission is free.
“Thanks to PECO, the museum will be able to offer free admission on the first Sundays from now until October,” said Andrew Stewart, Director of Marketing and Communications at Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.
Located along Brandywine Creek off Route 1, the land stretches across both Chester and Delaware counties.
The “Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America” exhibition highlights works of art created by artists without formal training who ultimately “broke through the gates” of American society and redefined a landscape of museums sophisticated with vibrant and sometimes sad new trends after WWI, as previously reported.
“I hope that visitors to this exhibit will walk away enlightened by a chapter of American art history they were not previously familiar with and also enchanted by the paintings themselves, which have extraordinary energy, surface quality and engaging narratives,” he said. stated Katherine Jentleson. She is the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
“This exhibit grew out of my thesis research and I was inspired to go back to school to pursue my graduate work from a couple of chance encounters with self-taught artists while working as an art journalist in New York,” said Jentleson.
“I was fascinated by how self-taught artists had apparently played an important role in American art for decades, which was largely unrecognized by official stories, and I felt compelled to dedicate my graduate work – and now my career – to raising awareness of their history and the contemporary impact on national culture, ”he said.
Yes, there have been other exhibits on American self-taught artists, Jentleson said, but none have been so focused on this period and how these artists took hold in the interwar American art world.
This exhibition was adapted from Jentleson’s book of the same name. The “Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America” exhibition focuses on works from the late 1920s to 1950s, but there are a few works included beyond these dates, such as a couple of popular mid-century portraits. 19th century, he noted.
“The ‘Gatecrashers’ exhibit provides such a fascinating context to the holdings of self-taught American artists from Brandywine. We have a renowned collection of American art, including a work by Grandma Moses and several by Horace Pippin, both featured in the “Gatecrashers” exhibit, said Nicole Kindbeiter, Head of Marketing and Communications at the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art .
This fall, a new exhibition is on its way to the historical museum.
“Coming this September at Brandywine, our next special exhibition will be ‘Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art.’ This exhibition will feature a variety of stunning works by four contemporary American artists that illustrate and reflect the vulnerability of the environment, ”said Kindbeiter.
“Fragile Earth” will be on display from 24 September to 8 January at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
“The museum will also commission site-specific works for this exhibition relating to the ecology of the Brandywine region,” he said.
Organized by the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the exhibition will bring a collection of works by contemporary artists Jennifer Angus, Mark Dion, Courtney Mattison and James Prosek.
“Fragile Earth” highlights the work of these artists as they reflect on the vulnerability of the earth’s inherent biodiversity, ecosystems and wild lives nationwide and around the world.