Gallery Talk: PHOTOGRAPHY + FOLK ART—Looking for America in the 1930s



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  • Free with museum admission

In the 1930s, the search for what might be a uniquely American point of view led to an increased interest in art by everyday Americans, what might be called vernacular or “folk art,” as well as to a series of photography initiatives. Curators Elizabeth McGoey and Elizabeth Siegel take you on a tour of this special exhibition, an unexpected combination of photography and early American folk art that is the first of its kind.

Please note: This tour has limited capacity. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Black and white photograph of women, lips pursed, against wood paneled wall.
Alabama Cotton Tenant Farmer’s Wife, 1936, printed c. 1962
Walker Evans

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Support for public programs is provided in part by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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