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[Past Event] Outsider Art Inside-Out

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Course Description:

Outsider Artists–self-taught, visionary, primitive, naïve, brut, raw, call them what you will–are insiders now, warranting special exhibitions and scrutiny. These artists have had no formal art training and, in many cases, no awareness that there IS a world of galleries, museums, studios, and styles. For example, self-taught artist Bill Traylor, born into slavery in 1853, only began to make art at age 86, homeless and ill; but his simple "child'like" images, devoid of perspective or logic, are provocatively appealing. And now highly sought after.

We'll look at works by Aboriginal artists, refugees, Native Americans, prisoners, people who have led lives removed from the mainstream by circumstance or choice. And we'll explore the intersections with such movements as Primitivism and Folk Art.


Tuition: $20.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Nov. 5, 12 *10:00 - 11:30am* (2 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Lila Staples Thorsen, Ph.D., retired from teaching in, and chairing, the Visual and Public Art Department at CSUMB. Her scholarly focus is Museum Studies.