GIFTED Show at Nina Johnson

We’re thrilled to share that Nina Johnson gallery will be opening a new exhibition titled Gifted, the self-taught genius of Creative Growth. The group show showcases new work by the artists of Creative Growth, the oldest and largest nonprofit art studio for artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities, curated by Kim Hastreiter, founder of Paper magazine.

The show of 41 artists will be curated by Kim, who has collected work by Creative Growth artists for the past twenty-five years. Spanning all three gallery spaces at Nina Johnson, the show showcases Hastreiter’s favorite working artists at Creative Growth, reflecting the wide range of artists marginalized by disability. Gifted forms a powerful argument against the othering of these so-called “outsider artists,” who are so often treated as novelty footnotes in the greater cultural dialogue. The artists from Creative Growth remind us that creativity is a universal, human impulse—not one dictated by ability or education.

“The word ‘disability’ is often defined as ‘working with less’, but when I see the art produced at Creative Growth, it occurs to me, that it is actually filled with more. More freedom, more imagination, and most of all, more truth. Their disabilities may have forced them to live in a world outside of and very different from ours—by definition the world of the artist,” said curator Kim Hastreiter.

Through the curation, Hastreiter’s expertise and intimate knowledge gives these artists their proper due, recognizing their individual visionary artistry.

The group show is an opportunity to witness the perspective of 41 artists. The upstairs gallery is entirely dedicated to colorful and evocative portraits, a nod to the “Face Wall” Hastreiter has in her home, and shows work across mediums.

To celebrate the opening party for the exhibition the gallery will host a summer block party replete with BBQ and a DJ on May 18th, from 4-8PM.

GIFTED: The Self Taught Genius of Creative Growth
On display May 18th - July 20th, 2019

Nina Johnson Gallery
6315 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Florida 33150
Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11am - 5pm

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Joanna Davila