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Ancestry and Innovation: African American Art from the American Folk Art Museum

February 07 through April 12, 2009

The collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York is the source for 39 works created by self-taught African-American artists in the rural South and urban North. This exhibition surveys the Museum’s rich holdings of this material, demonstrating the ongoing contribution of these artists to the kaleidoscope of American culture and visual experience. A number of the artists represented in the exhibition are Alabama natives, including quilters Leola Pettway, Lureca Outland, Mozell Benson and Mary Maxtion.


Organized by the American Folk Art Museum in New York, and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.



Ancestry and Innovation installation image courtesy of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts