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 from seeing it on a screen, whether it’s a computer, a television, or even a movie screen. In person, the finer details and textures of the artworks 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 through October,” said Andrew Stewart, director of marketing and communications at Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.
Located along Brandywine Creek off Highway 1, the land spans Chester and Delaware counties.
‘Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America’ Exhibit Highlights the Artworks Created by Artists Without Formal Training Who Eventually “Knocked the Doors” of American Society and Redefined a Museum Landscape sophisticated with dynamic and sometimes painful new trends. after World War I, as noted earlier.
“I hope that visitors to this exhibition will leave enlightened by a chapter in American art history that they did not know before and also enchanted by the paintings themselves, which have an energy, a surface quality and engaging storytelling,” said Katherine Jentleson. She is the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk Art and self-taught at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
“This exhibit grew out of my thesis research, and I was inspired to return to school to pursue my graduate studies by a few chance encounters with self-taught artists while working as an art journalist in New York,” Jentleson said. .
“I was fascinated by how self-taught artists had apparently played a significant role in American art for decades, which was largely unrecognized by official histories, and I felt compelled to devote my graduate studies – and now my career – to raise awareness of their history. and contemporary impact on national culture,” she said.
Yes, there have been other shows about self-taught American artists, Jentleson said, but none have been so focused on this time period and how these artists gained a foothold in the American art world between the wars.
This exhibit was adapted from Jentleson’s book of the same name. The “Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America” exhibit focuses on works from the late 1920s to 1950s, but some works are included beyond those dates, such as a pair of portraits mid-19th century folklore, she noted. .
“The ‘Gatecrashers’ exhibit provides such a compelling backdrop to Brandywine’s holdings of self-taught American artists. We have a renowned collection of American art, including a work by Grandma Moses and several by Horace Pippin, both of which feature prominently in the ‘Gatecrashers’ exhibit,” said Nicole Kindbeiter, Head of Marketing. and communications at the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art.
This fall, a new exhibit is on its way to the historical museum.
“Coming in September at Brandywine, our next special exhibition will be ‘Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art’. This exhibition will feature a variety of striking works by four contemporary American artists that illustrate and reflect the vulnerability of the environment,” Kindbeiter said.
“Fragile Earth” will be presented from September 24 to January 8 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
“The museum will also commission site-specific work for this exhibit related to the ecology of the Brandywine region,” she said.
Organized by the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the exhibition will bring together 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 environment’s biodiversity, ecosystems and wildlife inherent in the earth across the country and around the world.