Portrait of a Woman

Prior-Hamblin School
Portrait of a Woman, 1840
Oil on composition board
University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection, 2002/1.176

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Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections

September 11, 2010–June 26, 2011

This exhibition allows visitors to explore two extraordinary collections of art—the Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen Collection of Wood Art and the Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection. The Bohlen collection presents an astonishing range of contemporary artworks fashioned from wood and includes works that explores traditional and non-traditional vessel forms as well as works that are more purely sculptural. The outstanding objects that make up the Fusfeld collection are both geographically and historically wide-ranging, including work by early nineteenth-century itinerant folk portraitists as well as late twentieth-century sculpture and painting by “outsider” artists from the American South, Midwest, and Northeast.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Charles H. and Katherine C. Sawyer Endowment and the Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund.

Watch the conversation between guest curator Kristine Ronan, UM PhD candidate in the History of Art Department, and Bruce Conforth, lecturer in the American Culture Program, coproduced by UMMA and UMS. The video specifically links blues, bluegrass, and country music in the 2010-11 UMS season (including Blues at the Crossroads: the Robert Johnson Centennial on February 10) with the UMMA exhibition "Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections."

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