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The Problem of Folk Art


Berkeley Folklore Roundtable presents a talk by Margaretta Lovell.

This talk will emphasize 19th and 20th-century American folk art and broach questions about fabrication, audience, and interpretation.  How is folk art similar to folklore? folk music?  How is it profoundly different as a subject of analysis?  What uses were made of 19th-century folk art in 20th-century America by mainstream culture elites?  What opportunities for the study of folk art are ripe for scholarly attention?