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VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES: Invention & Vision in the Work of Howard Finster
April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
with Katherine Jentleson, Ph.D., The Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, High Museum, Atlanta, GA
$10 (Members 10% discount)
The High Museum of Art has the largest public collection of the Reverend Howard Finster’s wide-ranging artwork outside of Paradise Garden, his still extant artist-built environment in North Georgia. In this talk, Jentleson shares recent research on works from the High’s collection, deepening and complicating the origin story of Finster’s artistic impulse, which he often attributed to a vision he experienced in January of 1976. Even before that seminal moment, however, Finster was busy following ideas about how to combine religious teaching, art, and roadside attractions to reach more people than he could from a pulpit.
Image: Howard Finster (1916-2001), Baby Elvis, 1988.
Outsider Art Series: Self-Taught and Visionary Art
Inspired by Winfred Rembert’s autobiographical Cotton Pickers in the Dreams & Memories exhibition, this lecture series of talks by experts in the field presents the opportunity to consider the role that dreams and personal histories can play in an artist’s creative work. So-called “folk art” produced by people outside the traditional avenues of art education often reflects the maker’s imagination and references to a personal past. Many self-taught artists found inspiration in spiritual beliefs, experiencing vivid dreams or visions they reflected in art ranging from painting to sculpture to full architectural environments.
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This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support from Connecticut Humanities, the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, HSB, The Aeroflex Foundation, The David T. Langrock Foundation, Mr. Andy Baxter, Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Webster, Deborah & Roy Moore, Wayne & Barbara Harms, Bouvier Insurance, Mr. & Mrs. Jeb Embree as well as donors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.