Art Brut, Outsider Art, and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

Isaiah Zagar / View of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) begins today! Dedicated to promoting the arts and arts organizations throughout Philadelphia, the Festival includes exhibitions, performances, and lectures.

On April 14th, 7pm, at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, art historians Valerie Rousseau and Dan Schank will lecture on art brut and its connection to contemporary self-taught, visionary, and outsider art. Isaiah Zagar, the founder and creator of the Magic Gardens, will be on hand to discuss his artistic influences, which include the Watts Towers by self-taught artist Simon Rodia.

PIFA 2011 events run through May 1.

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