Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection

February 10–May 6, 2012
Baker/Rowland Galleries

Feature image for Petullo CollectionThis exhibition celebrates the gift to the Milwaukee Art Museum of more than 300 works from the Anthony Petullo Collection. This generous gift greatly enhances the Milwaukee Art Museum’s significant holdings of self-taught material. Petullo, a retired Milwaukee businessman and current Board of Trustees member, built his collection over a span of over thirty years. The collection’s strength is in European work, an area represented in few American collections. The exhibition will feature works by many of the most important American and European artists in the genre including Bill Traylor, Martín Ramírez, Henry Darger, Minnie Evans, Alfred Wallis, Anna Zemankova, Adolf Wölfli, and Scottie Wilson.

With the gift of the Petullo Collection, the Milwaukee Art Museum now houses one of the premier American collections of self-taught art.

Generous support provided by The Anthony Petullo Foundation, Leslie Hindman, Inc., Einhorn Family Foundation, and Donald and Donna Baumgartner.


Detail: James Lloyd (English, 1905–1974) Among the Grasses (Susanna York), n.d. Gouache on paper 14 x 15 1/2 in. (35.56 x 39.37 cm) The Anthony Petullo Collection. Photo credit: John R. Glembin