Photographs and video of self-taught artists, 1985-1989

Kirwin, Liza, b. 1957
Curator, Arts administrator, Author
Active in Washington, D.C.

Collection size: 0.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: Photographs, slides, and video of self-taught artist taken by Liza Kirwin, Southeast Regional Collector, Archives of American Art, when traveling for the Archives.

Subjects include Howard Finster, Vollis Simpson, Clyde Jones, Dilmus Hall, Mary Smith, David Butler, Royal Robertson, Horacio Valdez, Eddie Owens Martin, Burgess Dulaney, Joseph Fury, Sam Doyle, James "Money Man" McClain, and William C. Rice. Many photographs include images of works of art. Two video recordings taken by Kirwin are of Horacio Valdez at his home in Dixon, New Mexico, in conversation with Andrew L. Connors, Associate Curator, National Museum of American Art (NMAA), and Tonia L. Horton, October 20, 1987, on a research trip in preparation for the exhibition, "Made with Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection in the National Museum of American Art," 1990.

Also found are contact sheets and slides of Finster taken by Smithsonian photographer Richard Strauss on the occasion of filming of "The Living Smithsonian" for Smithsonian World (public television) at Finster's Paradise Garden in Penville, Georgia, January 1988.

Biographical/Historical Note: Liza Kirwin is a curator, arts administrator and author, and Deputy Director and former Southeast Regional Collector, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Donated 2015 by Liza Kirwin.

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