An Irresistible Urge to Create: Florida Outsider Art from the Monroe Family Collection
Art+ Member Virtual Exhibition Preview and Collectors’ Chat
Wednesday, November 3rd | Zoom Webinar | 5pm-6pm
Art+ Members and Patrons are invited to join us for a Virtual Exhibition Preview & Collectors’ Chat with Gary Monroe in conversation with Joanna Robotham, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Gary and Joanna will discuss the newest TMA exhibition “An Irresistible Urge to Create: Florida Outsider Art from the Monroe Family Collection.”
During the last several decades, the work of the Outsider artists has come to the forefront of our thinking about the nature of art as their paintings and sculptures have made their way into fine art museums hanging alongside new and time-tested paintings and sculptures. To date, collector Gary Monroe has acquired nearly a thousand pieces of Outsider art, including works by Ruby Williams, Eddy Mumma, Frank Ritchie, and Jesse Aaron. An Irresistible Urge to Create includes 86 works and features objects by several self-taught artists from Florida’s West Coast and Central region. A publication accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Gary Monroe, a discussion by Boca Museum of Art Senior Curator Kathy Goncharov about the changing nomenclature of self-taught and folk artists, and a specially commissioned poem by Campbell McGrath about artists’ urge to create.