Homespun: Folk Art and Americana from the Collection
May 4, 2019 through August 25, 2019
Bouchelle Changing Gallery
Early American folk art from the 18th century through the 19th century is a testament to the efforts of everyday Americans to decorate and embellish their environment with whatever means available to them. Conceived through modest means and with humble materials, these works are nevertheless charming reminders of the early decades of our young county and often reveal artistic traditions brought over from the old country. For example, folk art from rural Pennsylvania in centuries past is often referred to as “Pennsylvania Dutch” which was actually a misinterpretation of “Deutsch” (German). Fine examples of this tradition from a recent gift will be on view as well as works of many media including paintings, furniture, textiles, and decorative arts to provide a view into the early rural and working-class life of European immigrants in America.
Photo Credit: Pennsylvania, 18th Century, Blanket Chest (detail), Polychromed wood, gift of Daniel W. Callahan, 2018.04.001