Treasures of the Soul: Who is Rich?

Treasures of the Soul: Who is Rich?

Oct. 7, 2000 - Sep. 2, 2001
Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building

Image Gallery

Woman with Red Shoes by Alice Wong
Woman with Red Shoes by Alice Wong

1999, collection of the National Institute of Art and Disabilities (NIAD)

Untitled by Judith Scott
Untitled by Judith Scott

1993, courtesy of Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, CA

Suite of 12 Drawings by Marc Lamy
Suite of 12 Drawings by Marc Lamy

1988-1989, pen on paper, collection of Phillipe Eternod and Jean David Mermod

Large Crucifix by Brother Pickford
Large Crucifix by Brother Pickford

c 1950-1957, mixed media, collection of Robert Parker and Orren Davis Jordan

Snake Lady by Jimmy Lee Sudduth
Snake Lady by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

undated, housepaint on plywood, courtesy of Leslie Muth Gallery

Untitled (Soul Cutting) by Nan Swan
Untitled (Soul Cutting) by Nan Swan

1955, paper, courtesy of Murray Smither

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About the Exhibition

"Inspired by a rabbinic contemplation of the question, 'Who is rich?' and by their collective wise answer, 'The few who are content with their portion,' this exhibition celebrated the works of artists with very little material means, but powerful in their creativity, resourcefulness, resilience, and delight in the simple abundance of their lives. A featured exhibition film was, Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, made by Academy Award-winning filmmakers, Allie Light and Irving Saraf, and gifted in 2020, to the permanent archival collection of AVAM. A suite of richly hand-decorated furnishings by Brother Pickard, a Capuchin hermit monk was featured, alongside a variety of handmade memory jugs, anonymous bejeweled boxes of life’s most humble and personal mementos, the rag dolls of French Holocaust child survivor, Michel Nedjar, who had been hidden among rags in a Paris attic, alongside the hauntingly beautiful, stark shadow figures drawn by former slave and disabled plantation worker, Bill Traylor - later hailed as one of America’s all-time greatest visionary artists. This exhibition also featured the “Baba” cocoon-like creations created by Downs Syndrome Artist, Judith Scott, who emerged from decades of institutional confinement to create complex, chrysalis-like, woven sculptures - perfect visual metaphors for spirit emerging triumphant.
AVAM’s three-story central stairwell was filled by an installation of the glittering healing machines created out of everyday materials by the farmer Emery Blagdon." - Founder, Director, and Chief Curator, Rebecca Hoffberger

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