Midwest Museum of American Art presents Noon Time Talks

Held every Thursday at 12:20 pm to 1:00 pm with focus on the museum’s permanent collection or current exhibit. For a listing of upcoming talks see our Calendar of Events.

JULY 6 Sarah Dolezal, South Bend, IN: The artist speaks about her re-purposed and found-object sculpture.

JULY 13 Film: “Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris”. A film from the National Gallery of Art explores the work of the French self-taught artist championed by Picasso.

JULY 20 NO BOUNDARIES: Outsider & Folk Art: In this PART I gallery talk, Curator Brian Byrn discusses the new exhibit of works by self-taught artists.

JULY 27 Seward Johnson Project & film: Curator Brian Byrn discusses the county-wide exhibition of life-size bronzes by Seward Johnson in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the Quilt Gardens project.

AUG 3 Todd Hoover, Artist & Collector The artist speaks about his collection of Outsider Art that has been built over many years, the objects that inspired his teaching over many decades, & why it continues to be of importance.

AUG 10 Ervin Beck, Professor Emeritus Folklorist & retired Goshen College Professor discusses his collection of Mennonite & Amish Folk Art, discussing works by Emma Schrock, reverse painting on glass, & the influences of high art on Amish culture.

AUG 17 Keith & Ann Graber Miller, Found Gallery, Goshen, IN Co-owner of Found Gallery in Goshen and one of the lenders to the exhibit, Ann Graber Miller, speaks about she & husband Keith’s world adventures finding unique artifacts many by self-taught artists.

AUG 24 “Jean-Michel Basquiat” (FILM Part I, 45 min) This definitive documentary delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop- influenced neo-expressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Basquiat’s own words and work powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.

AUG 31: “Jean-Michel Basquiat” (FILM Part II, 45 min)

SEPT 7 Todd Hoover, Artist & Collector (Part II) In Part II the collector/artist expands his discussion about his collection of Outsider Art.

SEPT 14 NO BOUNDARIES: PART II In this PART II gallery talk, Curator Brian Byrn , discusses the work by self-taught artists including Chicago ‘bag lady Lee Godie.

SEPT 21 NO GALLERY TALK Staff prepares for final days of entries for the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional.