As part of our senior (citizen) courses at T.C.U., we also enjoy several social outings.
We were invited for a private tour this week of the visiting art exhibit titled: Self-Taught Genius at the Amon Carter Museum . A collection of over a hundred pieces of folk art from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.
This piece, an architectural model, titled Encyclopedic Palace of The World, done in the 1950's by Marino Autrite (1891-1980). The Italian immigrant,who was a auto mechanic, hoped that the huge building would be built in Washington D. C. He wanted the building to house the knowledge and human discoveries of the works of man, Those discovered and those yet to be.
It never happened. Posthumously his model has had a profound effect. In 2003 it was the centerpiece of the Venice Biennale, and now is part of the permanent collection of The American Folk Art Museum.