Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection
August 29 – December 16, 2018
Tisch Family Gallery
*Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 2018 (5:30-7:30pm)
Featuring works by some of the foremost self-taught artists of the 20th century – including
Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, William L. Hawkins, Mary T. Smith, Jimmy Lee Sudduth,
and Purvis Young – Expressions Unbound celebrates the recent gift from Tufts and Fletcher alumnus
Andrew and Linda Safran. The Safran Collection marks the first major contribution of American
outsider art to the school and is the largest single-collection gift of works by African American
artists received to date. Expressions Unbound highlights 19 artists known for their transformative
use of materials—from paint and pencil to dirt and found wood—to visualize bold and deeply personal
narratives. Whether rooted in experience, religious fervor, or popular culture references,
the works in Expressions Unbound exemplify modes of regional art making that have long lived
outside the academy structure, but have had enormous impact on visual culture and the arts.
Expressions Unbound is accompanied by a full-color catalogue by art historian
Evie T. Joselow, PhD, that documents the entire collection.