The maker movement may seem like just another trendy consequence of our start-up–saturated world, but the whole DIY thing is actually an inherent part of American cultural tradition. Instead of whiling away an afternoon browsing Etsy, head to the city’s craft capital to survey 100 works by artists, spanning the post-Revolutionary era to the present, who figured things out for themselves. This sampling of the museum’s permanent collection chronicles the changing implications of self-education, from its ties to America’s first steps as an independent nation to its current status as the hallmark of artistic boundary-pushing. Tue 13–Aug 17.
Collection American Folk Art MuseumWilliam L. Hawkins, Untitled, 1989
Collection American Folk Art MuseumAsa Ames, Phrenological Head, c. 1850
Collection American Folk Art MuseumFlag Gate, circa 1875
Collection American Folk Art MuseumAmmi Phillips, Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog, 1830–35
Collection American Folk Art MuseumAchilles G. Rizzoli, Mother Symbolically Represented/The Kathredal, 1936
Collection American Folk Art MuseumThornton Dial Sr., Birds Got to Have Somewhere to Roost, 2012