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Homespun: Folk Art and Americana from the Collection

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Bouchelle Changing Gallery
Open May 4, 2019 through August 25, 2019

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 country 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. 

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Blanket Chest 
wood, metal
Gift of Kenneth Worcester Dow and Mary Mohan Dow
94.01.608