American Folk Art: Here and There [F-11-6]

Presenter: Varick Chittenden
Location: TAUNY
Classes: 3 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Thu 10:00 AM 11/03, 11/10, 11/17
Status: Course Closed

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This course begins with an introduction to the concepts – and the misconceptions – of folk art. The presenter will provide a survey of examples drawn from the diverse cultures and places in America. The second session is the curator’s tour of Kindred Pursuits: Folk Art in North Country Life, the current exhibit at TAUNY of historical and contemporary folk art from our region. The final session is a discussion of the relationships between folk art and everyday life, with an emphasis on featured artists in the exhibit.

Varick Chittenden is Professor Emeritus of Humanities [English and folklore] at SUNY Canton. Currently he is the project director for TAUNY and the curator of “Kindred Pursuits....” Varick holds a master’s degree in American Folk Culture. He has been the curator of several folk art exhibits, including “Out of the Ordinary, a large traveling exhibit of contemporary NY folk art (1995-1998). He also has written numerous articles on folk art.

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