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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.

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Conference Participants at Paradise Garden.

The focus of this conference was to highlight 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.

Pictures of the conference can be found on the NCPTT flickr site.

Host and Conference Co-organizer Jordan Poole takes participants through the Garden.

Host and Conference Co-organizer Jordan Poole takes participants through the Garden.

A nice article on the conference can be found on the SPACES Blog.

Download PDF Schedule for the conference

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
Closing remarks
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

Day Three Thursday, February 26, 2015
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For questions and comments please contact;
Jason Church
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457


This conference was held in Partnership with;LASLogo_GreenSquare

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
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