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Visiting an exhibition in person is a much richer experience than visiting online. Why not leave a comment to share your thoughts and impressions with others?

It fascinated me the lengths to which they went to acquire material on which to paint. Clearly they were driven to create. It almost was not a choice for them. I loved the books that were used as collection spaces for art. Many of us would have simply said, "Have no paper, can't be an artist."

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Grace - 5.9.2013 - 1:13 PM
The audio tour is exceptional. This was one of the most cohesive exhibits I've ever seen. The works flowed from panel to panel, leading to a seamless view.

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Leah - 5.8.2013 - 7:51 PM
Very fascinating show. It was great to have the audio and video to enhance the information on the panels. Great information on the artists, and great selection of artists to show!

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Alli B - 5.8.2013 - 7:50 PM
It's interesting that the Bonovitz Collection and Huber Collection are on view are the same time. A great deal of the art of the Colonial period in Latin America was created by self-taught artists often copying prints or woodcuts from Europe. In my small personal collection of art, I have several pieces by outsider artists, including Philadelphian Ida Mae Sydnor as well as art by incarcerated men like Spel. Mexican ex-votos, all of them painted by self-taught artists on pieces of tin and a couple dozen of them hanging on the walls of my home, had a special meaning to those who made them in fulfillment of a promise to the saint whose intervention saved their lives or healed them. Because outsider/self taught/visionary art comes from the very soul and inner world of the artist, I consider it among the purest expression of art. Just this afternoon as I was walking through the exhibition, I heard a docent tell her group, "Art is the mind revealed." It seems I never tire of looking at art that "reveals the mind." What a richly expressive collection of "interior" paintings and sculptures the Bonovitz's have brought together. Thank you to them for sharing and PMA for exhibiting them.

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Diana MB Roberts - 5.8.2013 - 3:08 PM
My friend and I started our day by asking "What makes a work of art?"This exhibit was an answer to that question. It seems that art is as varied in subject and form as human beings are unique in experience, perspective, beliefs, and emotions

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Ellen - 5.7.2013 - 12:50 PM
This is my second visit and I enjoyed it even more this time around. My question remains: are these artists really the "outsiders"? Maybe these are the true artists and all others are the "made later" artists. There is an authenticity and genuineness about this work that is very appealing. Once you've been a so called "insider artist", it is difficult to regain the spontaneity and directness these artists command.

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Jim - 5.7.2013 - 12:41 PM
fun.

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keely - 5.2.2013 - 3:36 PM
Meow Meow Meow Meow

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Allie Cat - 5.2.2013 - 3:31 PM
The modern art is very strange and is not of my liking. The artwork from the years between 1500-1850 is the best.

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Noah - 5.2.2013 - 3:20 PM
I liked all of the art especially the statues and the paintings. I also enjoyed the rooms that made it seem like I was outside.

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Alison - 5.2.2013 - 3:18 PM
This exhibition is exploitive. If 'outsider' art should be institutionally recognized why separate it at all? The Bonovitz's are just rich people interested in collecting cheap artwork under the mask of anthropology. The PMA should invest in young contemporary artist that truly pushes the buttons of its old people demographic.

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Margaret - 5.1.2013 - 4:55 PM
Kudos PMA! This exhibition, in particular, highlights the need for greater acceptance of art as a vital part of everyday life; as well as, a greater need for a discussion of what is Art. The blurriness of the lines between art that is considered mainstream (aka trained artists in the system) versus the art shown in this exhibit as outsider makes me wonder about the small confines we have placed art into over the decades. For example, I see the stone carvings that were created as headstones, and can't help but compare them to Brancusi. Or, I may see a drawing clipped onto a shopping cart of a person that I normally would steer clear of, but that expression is no less valid and that person is no less an artist. Thank you, PMA, for an exhibit that challenges my own thinking around what art is in our current society, but also gets my creative pulse beating.

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Sue - 5.1.2013 - 3:19 PM
good stuff very inspirational

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soof - 5.1.2013 - 11:34 AM
it is so pretty and cool

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tslil - 5.1.2013 - 11:32 AM
I thought this exhibition was incredibly interesting. I was particularly pleased with how organized everything was presented. The idea that 'outsider' art is becoming accepted into galleries is something that keeps art interesting because it is everyday people doing amazing things.

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Alyssa - 4.19.2013 - 11:36 AM
Lots of people question and challenge the label 'Outsider,' considering this kind of autonomous, self-taught work as significant an expression of American art as anything happening in New York, for example, during the same time period. I hope the museum realizes that some of these artists' work should be incorporated into galleries of post world war 2 American art, without the 'outsider' label.

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Taylor - 4.19.2013 - 11:05 AM
We thought this exhibit was amazing! There were so many different types of artist from a multitude of backgrounds and ethnicities. We think that this adds so much more significance to the exhibits and allows for all people to have some type of connection to the artist themselves.

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Enloe High School- Raleigh, North Carolina (CONCERT) - 4.19.2013 - 10:53 AM
I think that the at museum in general was just amazing and if anyone asked me would I recommend a trip to this place I would most deffinitly say YES

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dequan wise 305 - 4.19.2013 - 10:53 AM
Loved the exhibit.

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Marley - 4.17.2013 - 7:14 PM
i really enjoyed reading everyone else's comments!

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wendi - 4.17.2013 - 5:21 PM

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