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April 18 through August 16, 2015

Organized by the American Folk Art Museum, an exhibition of over 100 outstanding works of art from its collection was on view in New York City from April 18, 2015 through August 16, 2014. Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum then traveled across the country, and Mingei International Museum was the only west coast museum to show the exhibition.

The exhibition featured masterpieces in a variety of forms including textiles and needlework, ceramics, sculptural and carved figures, drawings, paintings, furniture, and much more, dating from the 18th century to the present. Rare treasures reflecting highly personal narratives, these works have been omitted from many presentations of American art, yet they offer crucial commentary within the ongoing national conversation. Self-Taught Genius revealed the challenges and triumphs of America as it emerged and enhanced an understanding of our evolving national identity. Select objects from Mingei’s collection of American folk art were included in its presentation in San Diego.