An Inside Look at American Outsider Art
The new installation of six objects in the Amistad Center's John Motley Study Center was co-curated by Collections Manager/Gallery Administrator Moriah Peoples, and the Wadsworth Atheneum's Krieble Curator of American Paintings Erin Monroe. The show includes artwork from both collections and seeks to give greater awareness to self-taught African American artists who created work outside of the mainstream art world and were thus labeled as "folk" or "outsider" artists. Works dating from the 1930s to the 1990s address powerful themes such as identity and faith. Learn more below about the Amistad Center's fine art collection and watch the below recording of Curatorial Coffee Hour where curator Moriah Peoples speaks about the life and art of Ellis Ruley.
To learn more about the life and art of Ellis Ruley check out Moriah's recommended readings:
Discovering Ellis Ruley: The Story of an American Outsider Artist, by Glenn Robert Smith & Robert Kenner
Young and Innocent: The Lives of Ellis and Wilhelmina Ruley, by Diane L. Ruley Laicell