Beyond Folk

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artists: Guy Baldwin Paul Benson, Don Gahr, Mary Griep, Robert Kerns, Lyle Laske, Ruth Mordy, Jan Myers, Deane Pass, Quimetta Perle, Wayne Potratz, Michael Stowell and Lynn Wadsworth
July 12 – September 16, 1984

Beyond Folk is an intriguing exhibition of works by 13 contemporary artists who are influenced by the rich artistic traditions of American folk art. Complementing the national exhibition of American Folk Art at the Institute, Beyond Folk demonstrates how these modern-day artists have adapted folk techniques, materials and subject matter to create artistic works with a personal, contemporary outlook. Beyond folk features whimsical wood horses, embroidered nuclear war statements and a three-foot-tall tackle box. The artists in this exhibition prefer not to be called "folk artists." Their objects are not meant to be utilitarian like those of earlier folk artists. Instead, their work is meant as art for public exhibition.


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  • Reception and viewing of American Folk Art and Beyond Folk, Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
  • Ten Artists Look at Art: A full day of gallery discussions led by contemporary artists. Noon: Objects from the Ethnographic Collection (1st floor), A discussion with Mary Griep and Herb Grika. 1 pm: Character Reference, Minnesota Gallery , A discussion wiht Harriet Bart and Mary Walker. 2 pm: German Expressionist Art from the Buchheim Collection, Dayton-Hudson Special Exhibition Gallery (2nd floor), A discussion wtih Lance Kiland and Peter Williams. 3 pm: The Vermillion Touch: Master Prints from a Minneapolis Studio's Archives (3rd floor), A discussion with Steven Anderson, master printer, and Nancy Randall, artist and printmaker. 4 pm: Aaron Siskind: Fifty Years in the Photography Gallery (1st floor), A discussion with David Goldes and Gary Hallman.

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