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Event Details

December 3, 2020
6:00 pm –7:15 pm


Members: FREE
Not-Yet-Members: $14.50
Registration Required


High Museum of Art Online

Event Description

What decisions must be made when moving an artist-built environment from its original location into a museum? Delve into the world of displaying original environments in a gallery space with Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, and special guests Laura Bickford, Associate Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Alex Gartelmann, Mary Nohl Program Director and Site Steward.

The High began collecting the work of living self-taught artists in 1975 and was the first general-interest museum to establish a dedicated department in 1994. That same year, the Museum endeavored upon a major acquisition of work from Paradise Garden, Howard Finster’s multi-acre art environment in North Georgia. The garden remains open to the public today thanks to the Paradise Garden Foundation, and the High preserves Finster’s legacy with a special installation of his art and ephemera in the Folk and Self-Taught Art galleries. Jentleson will share the installation and her thought process behind its recent redesign, which debuted as part of the Museum’s major permanent collection reinstallation in 2018.

Laura Bickford and Alex Gartelmann are part of the team opening the Art Preserve in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The Art Preserve is an experimental space designed to house the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s collection of over thirty-five artist-built environments. More than a building, it is a platform for ongoing explorations and investigations into these environments, their makers, and the center’s role as their institutional steward. It embodies the center’s conviction that significant, original, and compelling works of art are created everywhere by people from a broad spectrum of life experiences. The Art Preserve opens in June 2021.

Looking for your own artist-built environment adventure? Check out these maps to make your plans:
Wandering Wisconsin
Interactive Google Map of Art Environments
Two Hours to Paradise: Tips for a Trip Way Out There

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