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Outsider Art Fair New York 2021: Online & In Person


Presented both online and in person, the 2021 Outsider Art Fair takes place in multiple event spaces across New York City. Running January 29 to February 7, OAF features seven curated exhibitions across five gallery locations around Manhattan:

  • Salon 94 Freemans, 1 Freeman Alley
    Semiotic Terrain: Art from Australia and New Zealand

  • Andrew Edlin Gallery, 212 Bowery
    Figure Out: Abstraction in Self-Taught Art

  • Hirschl & Adler, 41 East 57th Street
    To Be Human: The Figure in Self-Taught Art
  • Shin Gallery, 68 Orchard Street
    Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,
    Curated by Scott Ogden, SHRINE
    The Realm of Minnie Evans
    Small World

  • OAF Curated Space
    Electric Lady Studios, 52 West 8th St
    Daniel Johnston: Psychedelic Drawings
    Curated by Gary Panter

The virtual program includes a series of enlightening talks and lectures. In Transgression and Taboo in Outsider Art featuring Michael Bonesteel, a leading authority on Henry Darger, art dealer Marion Harris, who has brought the work of Morton Bartlett to international acclaim, and renowned artist Joe Coleman, this panel, moderated by critic and curator Carlo McCormick, will present a risky conversation on the outré within outsider art, and consider what place this kind of work now occupies in a body politic increasingly defined by a new social consciousness and sensitivity. 

In Grassroots Art in Vermont: Collecting Non-Mainstream Art at the Bennington Museum, Jamie Franklin, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Bennington Museum, along with Gregg Blasdel, Ray Materson, and Kathy Stark, who have all played a role in the collection’s development. explore the development of a collection of work by self-taught artists working beyond the mainstream art world (at least initially) at a medium-sized regionally focused museum in rural southwestern Vermont.

In A Closer Look into Henry Darger's World, art historian Leisa Rundquist joins Intuit President and CEO Debra Kerr to discuss the forthcoming book The Power and Fluidity of Girlhood in Henry Darger’s Art. Rundquist's book is the first to examine Darger's conceptual and visual representation of girlhood as it charts his use of little girl imagery in contexts that many scholars have read as puerile and psychologically disturbed, including his direct appropriations from mainstream sources as well as girls modified to meet his needs. To illustrate their conversation, Kerr and Rundquist will use source materials from the Henry Darger Room Collection, located at Intuit, as references to discuss the intricacies of Darger's representation of girls.

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Outsider Art Fair
January 29 - February 7, 2021

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