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About The Exhibition
Organized on the occasion of the Museum’s 60th anniversary, MULTITUDES will showcase some 400 stellar works, including William Edmondson’s Martha and Mary, Ammi Phillips’ Portrait of Frederick A. Gale, and drawings by Helen Rae.
In the exhibition, the concept of ‘multitudes’ is reflected in the artistic process itself—from gestures of repetition and seriality, as well as organizing acts of systematization, memorialization, inventory-taking, and the creation of casts of characters. MULTITUDES includes community-based creations rooted in long-standing traditions, functional but highly aesthetic objects reflecting widespread popular practices, works by neurodivergent individuals, and artworks as fragments entangled in private mythologies. Presented non-chronologically, the works in the exhibition will be visually clustered to reveal not only their individuality but also their commonalities.
Image: Pecolia Warner (1901-1983), Pig Pen Quilt (Log Cabin Variation) (detail) / courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum