Independent Expression: Self-taught Art of the Late 20th Century

Untitled (Standing Figure), O. L. Samuels

Untitled (Standing Figure), O. L. Samuels,
Promised Gift of Gordon W. Bailey

APRIL 6, 2013

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The University of Mississippi Museum is honored to present a preview of the major gift of artworks that was donated by noted Los Angeles art collector Gordon W. Bailey, who is a staunch advocate of Southern vernacular artists.

This exhibition, “Independent Expression: Self-taught Art of the Late 20th Century,” was organized by Guest Curator, James G. Thomas Jr., Associate Director for Publications at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and features a selection of captivating works in multiple media.  A more comprehensive exhibition is planned for later this year.

“Historically, the art in this preview exhibition has been referred to as ‘folk,’ but it is important to understand and acknowledge that these artists’ creations have a rightful place within the canon of American art,” said Mr. Thomas.  “It is not improper to view the art within the contexts of style, race, region, or religion, but for too long the work of self-taught artists has been marginalized. The creative process varies little, if any, between fine art and folk art. The difference here, as I see it, is that the self-taught artist is merely untrained, not less skilled.”


In conjunction with the preview, the Museum will offer several activities for audiences of all ages.

Gallery Talk by Guest Curator James G. Thomas Jr.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
University of Mississippi Museum

“Express Yourself!” Family Activity Day

Saturday, February 16, 2013
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Cost: Free for UM Museum members
$5 per child for non-members
(registration required)