“We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art” will open at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA, on March 8. Curated by Steve Slotin and potter Michael A. Crocker, the exhibition includes works by self-taught artists Howard Finster, Minnie Evans, and Clementine Hunter, among others.
I find the term “traditions” to be tricky when discussing works by self-taught artists. Can we argue that Finster, Evans, and Hunter worked within established traditions even though each has a distinctly unique body of work? Does an artist’s southern geography mean (s)he necessarily works within southern artistic parameters? I am interested to see what Slotin and Crocker have to say–I hope they send us installation shots!
“We Are Folk” is on view through May 21.