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January 21 – May 27, 2018

Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic unites more than two hundred and fifty works by twenty-one seminal and recently discovered self-taught artists, who will be introduced for the first time through the examination of the idiosyncratic structures of their lifelong, intricate narratives—notably, their sequential and developing aspects. Rare manuscripts, series of drawings, illustrated notebooks with coded texts, expanding cartography, journals, and multi-part collages will provide an art historical and pluridisciplinary perspective on the mechanisms behind visual storytelling.

The exhibition features the work of:

  • Jean-Daniel Allanche (1940, Tunisia–2015, France)
  • Josep Baqué (1895–1967, Spain)
  • Ariane Bergrichter (1937, Germany–1996, Belgium)
  • Josie Lipton Bryant (Twentieth Century, United States)
  • Aloïse Corbaz (1886–1964, Switzerland)
  • Henry Darger (1892–1973, United States)
  • James Edward Deeds, Jr. (1908–1987, United States)
  • Charles A. A. Dellschau (1830–1923, United States)
  • Jean Fick (b. 1876, France)
  • Jerry Gretzinger (b. 1942, United States)
  • William A. Hall (b. 1943, United States)
  • Carlo Keshishian (b. 1980, United Kingdom)
  • Susan Te Kahurangi King (b. 1951, New Zealand)
  • Paul Laffoley (1935–2015, United States)
  • Malcolm McKesson (1909–1999, United States)
  • Melvin Edward Nelson (1908–1992, United States)
  • Jean Perdrizet (1907–1975, France)
  • Achilles G. Rizzoli (1896–1982, United States)
  • Richard Saholt (1924–2014, United States)
  • Agatha Wojciechowsky (1896, Germany–1986, United States)
  • Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930, Switzerland)

The exhibition is coproduced with the LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, where a complementary selection of artists is presented until March 25, 2018. The New York presentation is curated by Valérie Rousseau, PhD, Curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut, American Folk Art Museum.

A book will be available.

American Folk Art Museum
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(Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets)
New York, NY 10023