Curated by Lawrence Rinder, with Matthew Higgs; organized by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Create is a major group exhibition presenting a selection of the most important works created over the past twenty years by artists involved with three pioneering non-profit organizations: Creativity Explored, Creative Growth Art Center, and the National Institute for Art and Disabilities Art Center (NIAD). These organizations were founded with the belief that exceptional creativity can emerge in anyone and they support the work of artists with developmental disabilities through a unique and highly successful approach to group studio practice. In individual and group shows, participating artists have challenged assumptions about the quality, character, and significance of work created by artists with disabilities. This major survey exhibition will bring well-deserved attention to this compelling work, sharing it with a broad audience and expanding on its impact on a range of renowned international artists. The exhibition will spark critical dialogue concerning the categories of contemporary art practice, especially the notion of “outsider art,” and challenge audiences to rethink the limitations of such categories. It will be clear why works by these artists have been increasingly recognized as a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art, both nationally and internationally, among artists, curators, critics, and collectors, as well as the broader cultural community, and are now in the permanent collections of prominent institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

AVAILABLE October 2011 through May 2013. For additional information, as well as to check specific dates of availability, contact Frances Wu Giarratano, Exhibitions Manager, at 212.254.8200 x 29, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Matthew Higgs is the director/chief curator of White Columns, New York. From 2001 to 2004 he was Curator at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. Prior to that he was an Associate Director of Exhibitions at the ICA, London. Since 1992 Higgs has organised more than 200 exhibitions and projects with artists. He has contributed essays and interviews to more than 50 publications and art magazines including Artforum, Frieze, Art Monthly and Afterall.

Lawrence Rinder is Director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, having previously held the position of Dean of the California College of the Arts and been the contemporary art curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is also a writer of art criticism, poetry, drama and fiction.

Evelyn Reyes, Carrots, 2007. Courtesy of Creativity Explored, San Francisco


Mary Belknap, Jeremy Burleson, Attilio Crescenti, Daniel Green, Willie Harris, Carl Hendrickson, Michael Bernard Loggins, Dwight Mackintosh, John Patrick McKenzie, James Miles, Dan Miller, James Montgomery, Marlon Mullen, Bertha Otoya, Aurie Ramirez, Evelyn Reyes, Lance Rivers, Judith Scott, William Scott and William Tyler

Additional Images

Bertha Otoya, Serpiente, 2010. Courtesy of Creativity Explored, San Francisco

James Montgomery, Untitled, 2007

Judith Scott, Untitled, 2004

John Patrick McKenzie, Untitled, 2009

Touring Schedule

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Berkeley, California
May 11, 2011 - September 25, 2011

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