Tampa Museum of Art

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

On view October 1, 2016 through January 16, 2017


This exhibition proposes reframing American folk art through the concept of “self-taught genius,” as an elastic and enduring notion whose meaning has evolved over time. The exhibition curators have selected more than 100 artworks from the permanent collection of the American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY), produced in a wide range of media from the eighteenth century until the present day. Each artwork belongs to one of seven primary themes by which the exhibition is organized: Achievers, Encoders, Messengers, Improvement, Reformers, Ingenuity, and Guides. The exhibition is accompanied by a beautifully illustrated catalogue, impressive website, and multiple educational resources.

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 and its national tour are made possible by generous funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, as part of its 75th anniversary initiative. Tampa is the seventh and final stop on this tour.

To learn more about the objects featured in Self-Taught Genius, please view selftaughtgenius.org


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Artist unidentified
Jefferson County, New York, United States
Flag Gate
, c. 1876
Paint on wood with iron and brass
39 1/2 × 57 × 3 ¾ in.
Credit: Collection American Folk Art
Museum, New York. Gift of Herbert Waide
Hemphill Jr. in honor of Neal A. Prince,
Photo credit: John Parnell