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Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection

The Fusfeld Folk Art Collection—gifted to the University of Michigan Museum of Art by Professor Emeritus of Economics Daniel Fusfeld and his wife, Harriet—consists of forty-eight works of American folk art. The objects that make up this collection are both geographically and historically wide-ranging, including work by early nineteenth-century itinerant folk portraitists as well as late twentieth-century sculpture and painting by “outsider” artists from the American South, Midwest, and Northeast.

The terms “folk art” and “outsider art” are malleable and often debated among scholars and collectors. What tends to define and unite this body of work is that its practitioners are generally self-taught and living and working outside conventional art circles. Much of the work in the Fusfeld collection has subject matter drawn from the artists’ own lives, and was often made for their personal use and enjoyment rather than for the art market. The stories, settings, figures, and ideas depicted have deeply personal meanings. A number of these artists worked in complete isolation, creating their art after days spent on the farm or at the factory for an audience that perhaps did not extend beyond a few family members or friends. Many of the works were made from simple, inexpensive materials and found objects. Religious motifs and narrative themes are quite common, also defying the governing trends of artistic production in the twentieth century.

Ronald E. Cooper
He's Got You and Me Brother
carved and painted wood
20 7/8 x 19 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (53 x 48.5 x 15.5 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Minnie Black
Yellow Critter
painted and embellished gourd
4 3/4 x 13 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. (12 x 33.6 x 17 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Earnest Patton
Man in Business Suit
carved and painted wood
17 3/4 in x 5 5/16 in x 6 7/8 in (45 cm x 13.5 cm x 17.5 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Raymond Coins
Crucifixion
stone relief
18 5/16 x 11 13/16 x 1 5/8 in. (46.5 x 30 x 4 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Carved wooden decoy of a Pike fish; green along dorsal region with yellow underbelly, spots and flecks of yellow, white, and black.
Oscar Peterson
Pike Decoy
carved and painted wood and painted metal
1 7/16 x 7 11/16 x 1 13/16 in. (3.5 x 19.5 x 4.5 cm);1 7/16 x 7 11/16 x 1 13/16 in. (3.5 x 19.5 x 4.5 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collectionn
Sherman Lambdin
Red Devil Bird
painted wood twig
19 11/16 x 9 11/16 x 6 15/16 in. (50 x 24.5 x 17.5 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
Fred Alten
Black Fox
carved and painted wood
1 13/16 x 8 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (4.5 x 22.5 x 7 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection

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Cabinet A: Shelf 1
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<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

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<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet D: Shelf 3
<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet E: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 3 
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 2
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 1
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 2
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 1
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet M: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet N: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet P: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet Q: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 1
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 2
<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 3
<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 1
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 2
<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 3
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 1
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 2
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 3
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 4
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 3
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 4
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

7 Collection Object Sources

Yellow Critter (2002/1.217)
Crucifixion (2002/1.215)
Pike Decoy (2002/1.216)
Red Devil Bird (2002/1.211)
Black Fox (2002/1.214)

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