Un-usual Folk

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Friday, October 19, 2012 - Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nothing signifies the late 20th century expansion and opening up of the traditional art world to a greater extent than the rise to a place of prominence by visionary folk and outsider artists. One of the centers of this revolution in notions of what constitutes art and culture was the Southeastern United States and particularly Appalachia. "Un-usual Folk" explores this watershed moment in American art by pairing selections from the Taubman Museum's permanent collection with pieces drawn from the extensive and expansive collection of respected local collectors Barbara and Rick Moeller. Featuring an array of paintings, pottery, and sculpture by noted artists ranging from Sam Doyle, Lanier Meaders, and Georgia Blizzard to rising contemporary outsiders such as Kentucky's Marvin Francis and Missouri's Theresa Disney, "Un-usual Folk" celebrates and explores the strange region where traditional form and technique collide with and are transformed by raw individual creative vision.