Divine Disorder, Conserving the Chaos: Conference on the Conservation of Folk and Outsider Art
The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is hosting the first ever conference focusing on the conservation of Outsider Art. The mission of this conference is to highlight the underappreciated decorative works of non-traditional artists. The conservation of these works is vital to preserving the life story of those artists outside the mainstream art community. Artists come from all walks of life and every ethnic background. Folk and Outsider art is many times strongly patriotic, intensely spiritual, but always deeply personal. If not preserved we lose the window into the lives of the artists and their folk traditions.
The Conference will be held February 15 -16, 2012 on the campus of Northwestern University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The program will feature two days of contributed papers by conservators, curators, and art historians from around the country and abroad. A total of twenty-one presentations will be given on topics as varied as the forgery of Clementine Hunter’s paintings to the conservation of sites such as the Watts Towers and Paradise Gardens.
For more information, registration, and schedule see the website at; http://ncptt.nps.gov/divine-disorder