The Insider's Outsider: Forrest Bess at the Neuberger Museum of Art

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 Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY  See map
Forrest Bess, Untitled (The Spider), 1970.
Forrest Bess, Untitled (The Spider), 1970.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible,” at the Neuberger Museum of Art, the Museum presents “The Insider’s Outsider,” a conversation between Professor Mary Kosut, Associate Professor of Media, Society & the Arts and Gender Studies at Purchase College and Chuck Smith, writer and producer of the documentary “Forrest Bess: Key to the Riddle,” which will screen on Thursday, April 24, at 6 pm. Although artist Forrest Bess intentionally distanced himself from the New York art world and self-identified as an “outsider,” he was recognized by the art establishment, showed his paintings with prominent art dealer Betty Parsons, and regularly corresponded with art historian Meyer Schapiro. Was Bess really an “outsider artist”? These and other questions will be addressed in this program.

The Neuberger Museum of Art is an integral part of Purchase College, State University of New York. The Museum is supported in part by the State University of New York. Support for the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, publications, and education programs is provided by grants from public and private agencies, individual contributions, and the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art’s members and Board.

The Museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York (Westchester).



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