Detour Art Heads to Michigan

Detour Art—Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast

September 16 through November 7, 2010

Art and Photographs from the Collection of Kelly Ludwig

Muskegon Museum of Art — Walker Gallery A
296 W. Webster Avenue
Muskegon, Michigan 49440

Untrained artists are inspired to create for many reasons: retirement, physical or psychological disability, inspiration through a vision, personal loss, or pure chance. Detour Art highlights more than 90 objects in a variety of mediums made by untrained artists, visionaries, and folk creators found along the back roads of America. The exhibition honors a creative spirit that is at once traditional and whimsical, spiritual and irreverent, earthy and sublime. This is an informative introduction to contemporary American folk art that echoes collector Kelly Ludwig’s fascination with visual expression off the beaten path.

Ludwig, inspired by her work with the PBS show “Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations,” has collected outsider, self-taught, and contemporary folk art and documented visionary environments from across the country. The exhibition features objects that evoke joy, wonder, and inspiration by some of the best known artists who work outside the mainstream, including Thornton Dial, Mose Tolliver, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Howard Finster, Minnie Adkins, and Mary T. Smith. Among the folk art environments documented are S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden and Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain.

Detour Art has been organized from the collection of Kelly Ludwig, Kansas City, Missouri. National tour development is managed by Smith Kramer Fine Arts Services, Kansas City, Missouri.


Thursday, September 16

(Please note early event times.)

5:00 pm Opening Reception

6:00 pm Lecture by Kelly Ludwig

Program support provided in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs