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A Usable Past

Colby College Museum of Art, Maine

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American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art

A Usable Past brings together paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by self-trained artists working in the eastern part of what is now the United States during the long nineteenth century. Produced and originally circulated outside the elite sphere of fine art, these objects emerged from vernacular traditions that favoured decorative aesthetics over mimesis. Read more.

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