Pictures at an Exhibition

‘Mystery and Benevolence’ at American Folk Art Museum, Selected by Mark Dion

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Inner Guard Robe, The Ward-Stilson Company, New London, Ohio, 1875–1925, velvet, cotton, and metal. COURTESY AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Inner Guard Robe, The Ward-Stilson Company, New London, Ohio, 1875–1925, velvet, cotton, and metal.

COURTESY AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. This week’s shows are selected by artist Mark Dion. Read more about this week’s “Pictures” here.

Today’s show:Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection” is on view at American Folk Art Museum in New York through Sunday, May 8. The exhibition, which is the first to present objects from fraternal organizations in the United States, brings together over 200 artifacts spanning from the late 1700s to the early 1900s.

Mark Dion writes:

This exhibition highlights the imagination and pictorial and sculptural ingenuity of fraternal societies that inherit the “mystery school” tradition of ritual and elaborate visual language. The galleries look marvelous, and the collection, with its semiotic sophistication, leaves viewers puzzling and asking for more.

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