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?