Divine Disorder: Folk and Outsider Art Conference 2015
This second conference on the conservation of Folk and Outsider Art took place on February 24-26, 2015 at the Hill Auditorium of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and Paradise Gardens in Summerville, Georgia.
The focus of this conference was to high the under appreciated decorative works of non-traditional artists. The conservation of these works is vital to preserving the life story of those artists outside the main stream art community. Artists come from all walks of life and every ethnic background, Folk and Outsider art is many times strongly patriotic, intensely spiritual, but always deeply personal. If not preserved we lose the window into the lives of the artists and their folk traditions. The first Divine Disorder was held February 15-16, 2012 on the campus of Northwestern University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
The conference’s first two days (February 24-25, 2015) were held at the High Museum, Atlanta, GA. More than fifty conservators, curators, and preservationists from around the country participated in panel discussions and lively Q&A sessions. The final day of the conference February 26, 2015 was held at the snowy Paradise Garden. Unfortunately, a winter storm kept the visit to Paradise Garden short and any preservation activities were cancelled. However, it was a unique experience to visit the quiet snow laden site.
All lectures were recorded and the videos and transcripts can be found below;
Day One Tuesday, February 24, 2015
“Extraordinary Legacy; the Folk Art Collection of the High Museum of Art” by Susan Crawley
“How is the Conservation of Outsider/Folk Art Unique? Or is it?” By Barbara Appelbaum and Paul Himmelstein
Round Table Discussion: Outsider Art is it appreciated?
“Art Environments: Curatorial Roles and Responsibilities” by Jo Farb Hernandez
“Where there is Doubt, Faith: A Case Study in the Community-Based Preservation Efforts of Margaret’s Grocery and the L.V. Hull Home” By Jennifer Joy Jameson
“Treatment Considerations for a Newly-discovered Madonna by Martin Ramirez” by Susan M. Peckham
“Revisiting Clementine Hunter’s Murals at African House” by Jill Whitten and Robert Proctor
Break for the participants to view the folk art collection of the High Museum
Opening Reception at Lord Aeck and Sargent Offices 1175 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30361
Day Two Wednesday, February 25, 2015
“Kohler Foundation, the Journey to Preserve Vernacular Art” by Terri Yoho
“Pasaquan, the Journey Continues” by Peter Schoenmann and Shane Winter
“Expression of Faith and Fear: The Chauvin Sculpture Garden by Kenny Hill” by Deborah Cibelli
“How to Move a Mountain: the Documentation and Display of Displaced Art Environments” by Karen Patterson
Roundtable Discussion: The issues of conserving a folk art site in-situ vs displacing the art.
“E.T. Wickham: The Intersection of Family and Preservation” by Brittany Wickham Walker
“The Winds of Change: When a Place Changes… and Changes a Place” by Kimberly Van Dyk
“James Hampton’s Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly” by Helen Ingalls
Roundtable Discussion: What are the Priorities for the Future?
“Producer/Process/Production The Sacred Chaos of Preserving the Artist and/or the Art” by Norman Girardot
“Prophecy in Exterior Latex: Documenting the Message of Isaiah Robertson” by Fred Scruton
Round Table Discussion: Documentation of the Artist versus the Art
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This conference was held in Partnership with;