1. americanartmuseum:

    Howard Finster, And the Moon became as Blood, 1976, enamel on fiberboard, 29 1/2 x 30 1/8 in. (75.0 x 76.4 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

  2. magictransistor:

    (Unknown). Oil on Canvas Collage Painting. 1920s.

  3. mudwerks:

    (via Anonymous Works: Circa 1932 Folk Art Playing Card Quilt)

    Hand Embroidered Folk Art Playing Card Quilt. American, ca. 1932/1933. Silk and cotton embroidery on muslin with no batting, sewn by Margaret Bevins Russell (1916-1986) of Greenbackville, VA. 82 x 62”.

    Ms. Russell made the quilt at the age of 17 while recuperating from a serious illness and likely took over one year to complete.

  4. Zoe van Buren, 2014
    Zoe van Buren, 2014
    Zoe van Buren, 2014
    Zoe van Buren, 2014
    Zoe van Buren, 2014
    Zoe van Buren, 2014
    Zoe van Buren, 2014
    Zoe van Buren, 2014

    Faces of the 2014 New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival

  5. Grandma Moses

    (Source: vimeo.com)

  6. Jessie and Ronald Cooper
    Got 2 & Hell, paired set, Ronald Cooper.
    Heaven and Hell Shoes, Ronald and Jessie Cooper, 1999 and 2003
    Hell File, Ronald Cooper, 1992
    Ronald and Jessie Cooper
    Ronald and Jessie Cooper
    Lorena Bobbitt, Ronald Cooper, 1994

    Kentucky folk artists Ronald and Jessie Cooper began to make art in their fifties after a rather traditional American life of marriage, work, and children. After Ronald was seriously injured in 1984, his children bought him a set of woodworking tools to pull him out of his depression. He could not work, but he could carve. He began to make wooden toys, which Jessie would then paint and sell. When Morehead State University professor Tom Sternal came across their work in 1987, he suggested to them that they delve into a more expressive style- one that would speak to their personal world. Together they created a religiously obsessive body of work, from figurines to furniture that opens to reveal Biblical and apocalyptical scenes within.

    One of the most striking pieces depicts John and Lorena Bobbitt, a couple who gained notoriety in 1993 when Lorena severed John’s penis after a fight in which John allegedly raped her. In Ronald Cooper’s rendition of this moment in American media, Lorena stands over John’s bed holding his severed member with the words “I done it” painted on her stomach. The headboard of the bed is inscribed with the words “She bobbed it,” and the footboard with “Careful men, we might be next.”

    Morehead State helped many local folk artists develop their vision and market their art around the country, so that they could hopefully sustain themselves with their work. It was crucial, however, that the university not interfere with the content or style of the art.

    Ronald passed away in 2012, and Jessie in 2013.

  7. The Man Behind The Mountain - An Intimate Look at American Folk Artist Leonard Knight

    (Source: vimeo.com)

  8. Morton Bartlett (1902-1992)

    Morton Bartlett, born in Chicago, was orphaned at the age of eight. Adopted by the Bartlett family of Cohasset, Massachusetts, he made Boston his assumed home town. After a short education at Harvard College, Bartlett undertook a number of jobs throughout his early life, including positions in advertising, furniture sales and management. He eventually established himself as a self-employed businessman in printing design. It was not until his death in 1992, while arrangements for his funeral were being prepared, that his private collection of self-made figures of children, was finally discovered. It is believed he first started creating his accurately executed figurines over a period of 30 years until stopping in the mid-1960s. He left 13 statues of children: three boys most likely modelled in his own image and the rest girls. He used anatomy books to ensure his figures were accurately scaled, revealing a compulsive attention to detail. Bartlett took photographs of his dolls in life-like situations, either nude or wearing clothes that he made himself. Bartlett described the purpose of his ‘hobby’ in his College Yearbook as ‘to let out urges which do not find expression in other channels’.

    - Raw Vision

  9. 1919-2014

  10. philamuseum:

    Today we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. This wood carving, ”Love” by Elijah Pierce (1892-1984), a self-taught artist who created and displayed his work in his barbershop in Columbus, Ohio, commemorates King and incorporated his religious beliefs into the work. Please share with us how Martin Luther King, Jr. inspires you and influences your life on this day and every day.

    “Love” (Martin Luther King, Jr.), date unknown, by Elijah Pierce, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection

  11. revoltedstates:

    Pennsylvania’s Civil War - Old Iron City Fiddle by Heinz History Center on Flickr.

    The “Pennsylvania’s Civil War” exhibit features this “Old Iron City” camp fiddle retrieved by the members of the 193rd Pennsylvania and inscribed with the names of each of the soldiers.

    (via smalltownreverie)

  12. tolteka:

    restored mural in Boyle Heights

    Los Angeles, California

    (via nezua)

  13. On yarn bombing, or “guerrilla knitting”:

    Some engage in yarn bombing as a fun and creative way to use up left over yarn, others consider it an urban intervention to personalize otherwise cold and impersonal spaces or to make socio- political statements. Humor is often a major component of yarn bombing, which by its nature embodies contradictory idiosyncrasies within itself. 

    In its seemingly odd juxtaposition of knitting and graffiti, often associated with opposing concepts such as female, granny, indoors, domestic, wholesome and soft vs. male, enfant terrible, outdoors, public, underground and edgy, the practice of yarn bombing  redefines both genres. Yarn bombing transforms knitting from a domestic endeavor to public art, recontextualizing both knitting and graffiti, both of which are marginalized creative endeavors that fall outside ‘high art.’”


  14. Drawings by John Jacob Omenhausser, made during his incarceration at Point Lookout Prison on the Potomac River. Point Lookout was made to hold Confederate POWs after the battle of Gettysburg, and was soon so overcrowded that prisoners had to rely on each other for the most basic of provisions. In Omenhausser’s drawings, prisoners negotiate amongst each other for food and wares. These illustrations depict the kind of ingenuity and self reliance required of all incarcerated peoples, but also the relative space for social and material organization that is not afforded those in more formal correctional facilities. It is possible that Omenhausser used these sketches to barter for provisions, as each book of drawings that he produced has a different individual’s name on the title page.

  15. American soldiers knitting at the Walter Reed military hospital, 1918.