Richard Miller, our library colleague from Baker-Berry Access Services, is the curator of the exhibition A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, currently on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City through March 8, 2015. The show will travel nationwide over the next two years.
“A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America offers a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920. More than sixty works of art, including still-life, landscape, allegorical, and portrait paintings, commercial and highly personal sculpture, and distinctive examples of art from the German-American community exemplify the breadth of American creative expression by individuals who did not always adhere to the academic models that established artistic taste in urban centers of the East Coast.”
You can read more about his exhibit in this New York Times article.
Richard has also written for the Rauner blog: The Dartmouth Medal and A Story of Crime, Punishment and Redemption Torn from the Headlines!
His contributed essays and catalog entries include:
- Expressions of Eloquence and Innocence: Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana Vols. I & II (Yale, 2006 and 2011)
- Encyclopedia of New England (Yale, 2005)
- Encyclopedia of American Folk Art (Routledge, 2004)
- American Naïve Paintings (National Gallery of Art, 1992)
Richard has three articles forthcoming on American art and decorative arts topics. We’ll be sure to let you know when those are published.