Self-Taught Genius

When: Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 11 2016

The art world is a vast organism that eventually absorbs and repurposes all ideas, even those of non-artists. While outsider artists — those who are not classically trained but still make visual art — were by definition outside the world of galleries and museums during their lifetimes, the establishment has embraced their work as a valid and even important development. Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, the new exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or, showcases the breadth and depth of non-traditional work throughout American history. The exhibit's organizers at the American Folk Art Museum break down practitioners into seven categories, from Reformers (those who sought to change the world with their output) to Encoders (artists whose work defies understanding by choice). Self-Taught Genius showcases more than 100 objects that span the length of American history, from colonial times to the present. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday (June 19 to September 11). Tickets are $6 to $12 but free on Friday.

Paul Friswold

Price: $6-$12, free on Friday