Are you an Encoder, Achiever, Messenger, or Reformer? 1880; Artist unidentified; paint on wood with metal; 68 1/4 x 22 1/8 x 17 3/4 inches; Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York; Gift of Ralph Esmerian, 2013.1.57; photo by Gavin Ashworth Advance tickets are recommended, especially on Fridays when tickets are free.Discover your creative personality type when you take the Self-Taught Genius quiz. Tickets are available in person at the Museum's Information Centers, online through Metro Tix, or by phone at 314.534.1111.
Self-Taught Genius features a variety of objects including textiles and needlework, ceramics, sculptural and carved figures, drawings, paintings, decorated furniture, and more, dating from the 18th century to the present.
Organized by the American Folk Art Museum, Self-Taught Genius was brought to the Saint Louis Art Museum by Melissa Wolfe, curator of American art.
Creative individuals are often inspired to make extraordinary things using everyday items.
Visit our Explore Lab, an interactive space located midway through the exhibition, and tap into your own creative genius by sketching, designing, or assembling an original artwork of your own using the provided commonplace materials.
Self-Taught Genius explores American folk art through the concept of a "self-taught genius," an enduring term that has changed dramatically over time.
Framed within a context of seven principles from which people are compelled to create—achievers, encoders, messengers, improvement, reformers, ingenuity, and guides—this exhibition highlights more than 100 remarkable works by self-taught artists.
Enhance your experience with a free audio/video commentary highlighting 12 objects in the exhibition. Artist unidentified; Flag Gate, Jefferson County, New York c.
1876; paint on wood with iron and brass , 39 1/2 x 57 x 3 3/4"; Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York; Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. Prince, 1962.1.1; photo by John Parnell, New York The exhibition considers the shifting implications of self-taught and outsider art in the United States, from an established movement of self-education to artists working outside traditional frameworks who defy our understanding of what is "normal." Yet these artists have managed to establish lively artistic traditions and influence younger generations to create.
All tickets, including tickets for Free Fridays, are issued for a specific date and time.