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Aug 10, 2011. - Dec 31, 2011.

Into The Mainstream

Self-Taught Artists from the Garbisch and Gordon Collections

About The Exhibition

The exhibition pairs ODU’s Baron and Ellin Gordon collection of self-taught artists with the Chrysler’s 19th-century work in the same tradition.

The Chrysler’s contribution includes works collected by Walter Chrysler, Jr.’s, sister and her husband, Bernice and Edgar Garbisch. The Garbisch collection is extensive, with more than 2,600 pieces. Upon their deaths, most of their art was donated to major museums such as the Chrysler and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The Gordons’ collection includes selected pieces from the 375 works of art donated to Old Dominion University, which are now housed in the Baron and Ellin Gordon Gallery on Monarch Way in Norfolk.

The Chrysler Museum of Art and Old Dominion University partnered to present an exhibition that aimed to critically reassess self-taught and folk art as a marginal aspect of fine art by exploring the work of crossover artists, or those who have received academic or art world recognition.

Students from ODU worked with Amy Brandt, the Chrysler’s McKinnon curator of modern and contemporary art, and Robert Wojtowicz, Ph.D., ODU professor of art history and associate dean for research and graduate studies, to curate the show.

Erastus Salisbury Field
The Last Supper
ca. 1875-1880
Oil on canvas

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