Tag Archives: American Folk Art Museum

The artistic voice of fiber artist Judith Scott

The self-taught artists whose works were selected for the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum often had unique circumstances, which unlocked their genius and set them on a path to self-actualization and amazing creativity. One such remarkable artist is Judith Scott, recognized as one of America’s more celebrated visual artists even… Read More »

The self-taught genius of Dave Drake—from slave to American icon

He was known as “Dave the Potter,” “Dave the Slave,” or simply “Dave,” which is how he signed many of his vessels in a beautifully refined cursive script. His name was Dave Drake and the antebellum jug he created in 1853 is one of more than 100 remarkable works on display as part of Self-Taught… Read More »

The self-taught genius of an achiever; Marino Auriti and his Encyclopedic Palace of the World

Standing 11-feet tall Marino Auriti’s Palazzo Enciclopedico or Encyclopedic Palace is an imposing presence at the entrance to Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum where more than 100 works representing the finest examples of American Folk Art are on display. According to his granddaughter, Mary Firmani van Derburgh, “My grandfather was a… Read More »