Outliers and American Vanguard Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
June 24-September 30, 2018
Self-taught artists—variously termed folk, primitive, visionary, naïve, and outsider—have played a significant role in the history of modernism, yet their contributions have been largely disregarded or forgotten. Now on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on three periods over the last century when the intersection of self-taught artists with the mainstream has been at its most fertile. It is the first major exhibition to explore how those key moments, which coincided with periods of American social, political, and cultural upheaval, challenged prevailing assumptions about artistic practice. Featuring 250 works in a range of media—including TJC’s powerful Roll Jordan Roll by Harlem Renaissance artist Malvin Gray Johnson—the exhibition makes the case for a more diverse and inclusive representation in cultural history.