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'This is Our Story': American Vernacular Art from the Kaplan Collection

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Courtesy of the Mingei
Rosie Lee Light's "Big Flower" painting on panel is shown in an undated photo. (Promised Gift of San Diego State University from the 2008 bequest of Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan.)
Every week from July 23, 2022 until February 26, 2023.
Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Monday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Mingei International Museum: Balboa Park
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The exhibition This Is Our Story features works by self-taught artists from various parts of the United States, with different levels of education and ethnic/cultural backgrounds. What all the artists have in common is that none of them practiced their creativity in the context of the academic art world. Instead, they created their work for personal use or for their families, for self-expression, self-representation and to participate in the joy of making. Each work of art is deeply personal and invites us to connect to another human being and contemplate another’s story.

The word vernacular describes something created or used by ordinary people in a particular region – language, architecture and art can all be vernacular. There are many other terms used to describe the arts of ordinary people – folk, self-taught, visionary and outsider, to name a few.

Artists include A.J. Boudreaux, Jon Bok, Rosie Lee Light, David Butler and many more.

On view July 23, 2022 through Feb. 26, 2023. Curated by Emily Hanna.

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Mingei International Museum: Balboa Park

1439 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101
619-239-0003
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