Reinterpreting The Pioneer Art Exhibit Kicks off December, 2016 in South Florida

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For Immediate Release

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Join art lovers, VIPS, and the South Florida art community, for a fabulous opening reception December 2nd, 2016 at Fort Lauderdale History Museum as we kick off ‘Reinterpreting the Pioneer through Outsider Art’ — a three-month exhibition exploring distinctive culture through the lens of noted self taught artists and Creatives making art outside of conventional society. Leaders from academia join the conversation discussing art, architecture, design and discovering the beauty of the vernacular here in South Florida. Dr. Caren Neile (former chair of the National Storytelling Network and WLRN Radio Host); David Rifkind, Architect, Writer, and Professor of architectural history and theory at the College of Architecture and the Arts at Florida International University, Florida Public Archaeology Network, and many more address artisans in our community from earliest human settlements to the present.

Friday, December 2, is a FREE ticketed event celebrating the lifetime of Reva Freedman via a retrospective of her art with special guest Outsider Art Archivist and noted Author, Gary Monroe. Gary met Reva and many Florida self-taught artists of note in the 80’s, including the iconic Purvis Young, as collectors and museums began to co-opt this method of art making into their programs. He published numerous books on The Highwaymen, Self-Taught and other idiosyncratic artists of Florida. Works of sculptor Florian Ludwig, photographer Fred Ressler, and painters Frank Richie, Eugene Beecher, John Summers, Milton Ellis, and Robert Roberg, will be displayed alongside popular local self-taught Artists — Lena Luckey, Glen Mayo, Isanusi Garcia Rodriguez, Clay Wieland, Thomas Bintz and more.

A special tribute to the late Purvis Young, who received ‘The Director’s Choice’ award in 2007 as part of the Art Miami Exhibition, will open in January 2017 at the History Museum, Fort Lauderdale, celebrating also thirty (30) years since the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art curated ‘A Separate Reality — Florida Eccentrics’ one of the first major Outsider Art exhibits and Young’s first.

Finally local self-taught, professional Artists and graduates of the nation’s most prestigious art academies join in a final installation commemorating all the history shared in a finale event March 3–5 2017.

Click here for a list of all the core artists exhibiting.

Click here for the complete schedule of events.

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What

Reinterpreting the Pioneer: Leaders from academia in South Florida and beyond join the conversation about how this genre connects fascination with ‘Outsiders’ with history & distinctive culture.

Panels & presentations of visual art, archaeology, architecture/design, dance, theater, literature & more!

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Where

History Museum Fort Lauderdale

231 SW 2nd Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, United States- (Administrative offices)

Parking Map

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When

Friday, December 2, 2016 with events through Feb 2017. Closing receptions March 3–5 2017.

6:00 PM — 9:00 PM EST

RSVP For Free Reception at eventbrite

For more information contact Co-curator Clare Vickery at clare.m.vickery@att.net

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This project funded in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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