History Center to Host “Folk and Self-Taught Artists: Redefining American Art” | Entertainment


The Senator John Heinz Center for History will host a panel discussion, “Folk and Self-Taught Artists: Redefining American Art,” on Thursday, November 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Moderated by Jason T. Busch, Director and CEO of the American Folk Art Museum, the panel will explore the evolution of folk and self-taught artists and how their lived experience affects their creative expression. The discussion coincides with the History Center exhibit, “John Kane of Pittsburgh: The Life and Art of an American Worker,” which features 37 original works by John Kane. The panel will discuss the obstacles and challenges that artists like Kane have faced over the past 100 years and how these artists reflect American social, cultural, and political life in their work.

Panelists include: Christine Bethea, a multimedia artist, arts administrator and educator; Emelie Gevalt, chair of collections curation and curator of folk art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York; Louise Lippincott, art historian and guest curator for “Pittsburgh’s John Kane”; and Valérie Rousseau, chair of exhibition curation and senior curator at the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

Registration and information are available at heinzhistorycenter.org.


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