The most fascinating narrative (and sticker shock) may well go to the Bill Traylor drawings that Betty Cuningham shows. Considered an outsider artist, Traylor (who was featured at the American Folk Art Museum in 2013) was born a slave in 1854 in Alabama, and didn’t begin making art until he was 85 and homeless, when he met artist Charles Shannon, who gave him cardboard and art supplies. “What you see here would be hung up on a clothesline,” Cuningham told me, gesturing towards the quiet drawings of people and farm animals. “Shannon purchased 1,200 works from him, probably for a dollar apiece,” she added. The works on view are from Shannon’s collection, and now start at $50,000. After Traylor’s death, Shannon placed Traylor in the collections of the Met, the Whitney, and the MoMA—“he was determined that he was important,” Cuningham explained. “I wanted to bring his works into something that wasn’t necessarily related to outsider art,” she says.