“A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” offers a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920. The exhibition showcases more than 60 works by some of the most admired 19th-century American artists.
Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster, Jr.; vivid still lifes, allegorical scenes and landscapes, including a mature Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks; whimsical trade signs and figure and animal sculptures; unique household objects and distinctive examples of furniture from the German American community.
In total, they exemplify the breadth of American creative expression during a period of enormous political, social, and cultural change in the United States.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.