Posted 09/25/15

Speaking Through Wood

"The Civil War has left its mark on two important pieces of vernacular furniture acquired by the Wadsworth Atheneum"

Posted 09/24/15

One Off

"There has never been another artist like George Caleb Bingham"

Posted 09/03/15

Bringing back the WAM!

The exhibition of an important collection of folk art at the Worcester Art Museum this summer gives us the opportunity to draw attention to the renaissance of a great museum in a city that is also busily being reborn.

Posted 07/30/15

Disturbers of the Peace

One sign of an important exhibition may be its ability to move us into unfamiliar territory. By that measure, as by others, the recent show at the American Folk Art Museum, When the Curtain Never Comes Down, has claimed our attention. Its twenty-seven self-taught/outsider artists are represented by both permanent works— assemblages, garments, instruments, drawings, and the like—but more significantly by their actions in movement, song, and other forms of evanescent self-display. In the current art climate it is a relief to encounter art that for the most part cannot be bought or sold. But surely we are drawn to these evangelists of the self for other, deeper reasons

Posted 07/30/15

High tops and low

Among the contents of the Allen Ginsberg Papers in Stanford University’s Green Library is a pair of worn and dirty tennis shoes. In the thousand linear feet of correspondence, photographs, manuscripts and notes, reel-to-reel recordings, performance posters, and broadsides, the beat-up sneakers hold their own. Purchased during his 1965 visit to Czechoslovakia, it is reasonable to surmise that Ginsberg wore the nondescript white canvas shoes to march in Prague’s May Day parade, to address a throng of students in the city square, and to cross the tarmac to an outbound plane when he was expelled from the Communist country a few days later

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