Folk Art: Multiple Perspectives

May 5–19, 2020

What is folk art and how is it expressed across time and cultures? From Chinese patchwork door curtains to the collecting practices of Martha and Maxim Karolik, explore with experts the shifting definitions of folk art, the role of self-taught artists, and the historical and current conditions that continue to shape this unique art classification.

Take the full three-week course or choose the lectures that interest you most.

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Multi-session course packages are available. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.
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Past Events


May 5, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

For more than a century, Americans have collected, researched, exhibited, and celebrated materials that they identify as folk art. Yet what is placed...


May 12, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

Women in northern China stitch together patchwork door curtains to keep out winter drafts or carve delicate paper-cuts to paste on windows. Each...


May 19, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

Nonie Gadsden discusses the changing role of folk art at the MFA over the past century. She illuminates the early radical collecting of Martha and...

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