Last Chance: The Old, Weird America

Kara Walker, “8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker”, 2005. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

Closing at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on July 20, The Old, Weird America is the first museum exhibition to explore the widespread resurgence of folk imagery and history in American contemporary art. The exhibition borrows its inspiration and title from music and cultural critic Greil Marcus’ 1997 book examining the influence of folk music on Bob Dylan and The Band’s album, The Basement Tapes.

This exhibition of works from nearly 20 artists and collaborative groups, includes Kara Walker (Season 2), Eric Beltz, Jeremy Blake, Sam Durant, Barnaby Furnas, Brad Kahlhamer, David McDermott and Peter McGough, Aaron Morse, Cynthia Norton (a.k.a. Ninny), Greta Pratt, Dario Robleto, Allison Smith, and Charlie White.

The exhibition is curated by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston senior curator Toby Kamps. Click here for museum hours.

Nicole J. Caruth is managing editor of the ART21 Magazine. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnews, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Public Art Review, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. A regular contributor to this site since 2008, she joined the ART21 staff in 2013.

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