‘This is Our Story’: American Vernacular Art from the Kaplan Collection
Every week from July 23, 2022 to February 26, 2023.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mingei International Museum: Balboa Park
The This Is Our Story exhibit features works by self-taught artists from various parts of the United States, with varying levels of education and ethnic/cultural backgrounds. What all artists have in common is that none of them exercised their creativity within the context of the academic art world. Instead, they created their work for personal use or for their families to express themselves, represent themselves, and participate in the joy of doing. Each artwork is deeply personal and invites us to connect with another human being and contemplate another’s story.
The word vernacular describes something created or used by ordinary people in a particular region – language, architecture and art can all be vernacular. There are many other terms used to describe the arts of ordinary people – folk, self-taught, visionary, and outsider, to name a few.
Artists include AJ Bourdreaux, Jon Bok, Rosie Lee Light, David Butler and many more.
On view July 23, 2022 through February 26, 2023. Curated by Emily Hanna.