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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    compulsively pursing interests that often lead him into uncharted territory His complex theoretical constructs were uniquely presented in highly detailed mandala like canvases largely scaled to Fibonacci s golden ratio While an active participant in numerous speculative organizations including his own Boston Visionary Cell since the early 70s his work began to attract an increasing following in his late career with shows at the Palais de Tokyo 2009 Hamburger Bahnhoff 2011 Hayward Gallery London Henry Art Gallery Seattle and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 2013 The first book on Laffoley s oeuvre was The Phenomenology of Revelation published by Kent Fine Art in 1989 followed by several subsequent publications beginning with his first retrospective organized by the Austin Museum of Art 1999 Forthcoming in March of 2016 the University of Chicago Press will be releasing the long awaited book entitled The Essential Paul Laffoley He was a kind and generous giant and he will be sorely missed by all of us More on Paul Laffoley http www kentfineart net artists paul laffoley news Paul Laffoley on Visionary Art interview with by Jean Pierre Larroque 2004 https vimeo com 145728319 Visitors Location Hours Tours Exhibitions Calendar About Us Families Community

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/paul-laffoley-1935-2015/ (2016-02-14)
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    life Read an in depth obituary from the New York Times here Image Ionel Talpazan 1955 2015 Untitled City scene with river boats swirling sky and spaceships Manhattan and New Jersey and Hudson River 1994 New York City oil on canvas 30 x 24 American Folk Art Museum gift of the artist 1994 8 1 Visitors Location Hours Tours Exhibitions Calendar About Us Families Community Access Shop Researchers Library Archives

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    Gordon an expert in the field the book includes essays from Stacy C Hollander the Museum s Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Tom Hennes of Thinc Design who led the team that designed the exhibition Gavin Ashworth captured the structural splendor of the exhibition in powerful photographs and he photographed each quilt with care Megan Conway the Museum s Director of Publications and Website dedicated herself to this project and the result is staggeringly beautiful We will celebrate this landmark publication with a book signing on Saturday September 26 which will be the last day the book will be available at pre order prices September 26 is also the second to last day of Folk Art and American Modernism This scholarly and elegant exhibition reveals how early American art influenced the pioneers of modernist paintings in the U S and uncovers the beginnings of many of the most important folk art collections in the country We also prepared an in depth brochure to accompany the show It reproduces many of the most important works on display and provides an excellent overview of how folk art evolved as a discipline and area of scholarship A more in depth experience of the exhibition can be had in a series of programs we are calling Folk Art Pioneers On Thursday September 10 author Avis Berman will discuss Juliana Force the first director of the Whitney Museum of American Art who was a champion of folk art and helped bring it to widespread public attention And on Thursday September 17 Deputy Director Stacy C Hollander will explore how modernist artists were influenced by and yet diverged from folk art causing a ripple effect in the art world that led to the creation of the American Folk Art Museum We encourage you to register soon for these presentations to ensure your participation Following the exhibition that is currently on view the Museum will explore the arrival of art brut in America The term art brut was coined by the iconoclastic and legendary French artist Jean Dubuffet 1901 1985 Art Brut in America The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet opens October 13 and it will feature some two hundred works from the Collection de L Art Brut in Lausanne Switzerland Many of the works have traveled to museums abroad but they have never traveled to the U S in such a large and overarching grouping This is a unique opportunity We celebrate American originality on Thursday October 15 with a gala to benefit the Museum while honoring three of our BFFs We are so pleased to salute these champions of folk art and long time supporters of the Museum Jerry Lauren leading collector of American folk art and self taught art and Executive Vice President and Creative Director of Men s Design Ralph Lauren Corporation the Leir Charitable Foundations which will be represented by Arthur Hoffman President and Laura Parsons American Folk Art Museum Board Chair and art philanthropist Please

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/september-2015/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    museum s operations and relative to LaGuardia Community College which is located but one block from the museum s education and research center Housed within this recently renovated space are the museum s collection library and archives in addition to gallery space and administrative offices The Mellon Foundation grant will also enhance the museum s ability to better engage the Queens community where the center is situated The Mellon Foundation s vital support will give LaGuardia students an invaluable opportunity to experience the inner workings of a great museum We re thrilled to partner with the American Folk Art Museum for an opportunity that will not only expand our students aesthetic perspective of fine art but also will show them how knowledge and appreciation of the arts translates into a fulfilling and viable career choice said LaGuardia Community College President Dr Gail O Mellow LaGuardia Community College currently maintains enrollment of 50 000 students in one of the most diverse communities in the U S with more than fifty degree certificate and continuing education programs It has been documented that upon graduation LaGuardia students family incomes increase 17 and the number of students who go on to or transfer into four year college programs is higher than the national average LaGuardia Community College is a recognized leader among community colleges for boundary breaking success in education for underserved students Michael Rodriguez Chair of the Humanities Department at LaGuardia Community College will serve as the coordinator of the program working with Rachel Rosen Director of Education at the museum We cannot overstate the potential of this program said Professor Rodriguez We will involve students from a broad range of studies including philosophy aesthetics art and design communications media and technology The museum will begin the implementation phase of the grant in

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/mellon-grant-laguardia/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    with detritus of industrial and consumer oriented materials such as discarded ceramics glass plastic and concrete The museum led an expedition to Chandigarh India in the early 2000s where participants were welcomed by Chand who subsequently donated five pieces from Rock Garden to the museum s collection Later in 2006 the Children s Museum in Washington D C as a result of its relocation project donated twenty nine works which Chand had created specifically for that site to the American Folk Art Museum On that occasion the museum presented an exhibition of sculptures by Chand which included photographs and video that detailed Rock Garden Preserving Chand s sculptures for future generations and exhibiting them to the public is not only a fulfillment of the museum s mission but an honor and a privilege that the museum will maintain with vigilance We extend our deepest sympathy to the artist s family and friends Image Lady Fetching Water Nek Chand 1924 2015 Chandigarh India c 1984 concrete over metal armature with mixed media 32 x 11 x 4 in American Folk Art Museum gift of the National Children s Museum Washington D C from the Capital Children s Museum Nek Chand Fantasy

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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    all about More good news When the Curtain Never Comes Down continues to draw critical acclaim from numerous sources The exhibition closes on July 5 and we are encouraging last chance visits Amazingly the artist Lonnie Holley whose work is featured in the exhibition performed live in a rare and personal setting in the Museum s galleries on May 20 to a sold out crowd Holley is a skilled musician as dynamic and spontaneous in his approach to song as he is in his visual artmaking A truly inspiring moment occurred when four US Marines were viewing the exhibition and Holley began singing an homage to the country s military and those who serve We are so proud to participate in Blue Star Museums a program of the National Endowment for the Arts When the Curtain Never Comes Down is now documented in an illustrated publication which is now available online and in the Museum Shop The book features scholarly essays by some of the most knowledgeable people working in the field of art brut today Dr Valérie Rousseau introduces the text with an incisive essay The Museum held its annual Visionary Award ceremony on May 21 at the Museum of Biblical Art I thank my colleague Richard Townsend for his hospitality Ruth DeYoung Kohler was awarded the 2015 Visionary Award for her leadership in the promotion and conservation of large scale art environments by self taught artists which has lasted more than four decades Museum trustee and chair of the program Audrey B Heckler presented the award to Ms Kohler on behalf of the Museum You can learn more about the innovative John Michael Kohler Arts Center here It was an honor to welcome Ms Kohler and her distinguished colleagues and the evening was a fitting salute to a woman who has steadfastly charted new paths in the visual and performing arts Speaking of honors I am especially pleased to share a very special announcement in tribute to American Folk Art Museum Deputy Director Elizabeth Kingman who has served the Museum diligently and valiantly for nearly a decade Elizabeth has been selected from thousands of people who work at museums all over the world to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders This celebrated and intensive seminar is aimed at helping experienced art museum executives including CEOs directors COOs and senior level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions capabilities On behalf of the board of trustees and the staff I congratulate her I look forward to all that she will share with us as a result of her participation The Museum continually seeks to better serve our audiences and among our new initiatives is the creation of a new position Manager of Visitor Experience Mr Zachary Cochran is now ably filling this role and I hope you will introduce yourself to him when you next visit Mr Cochran reports to Stefanie Levinson Director of Retail and Visitor Services Looking ahead A handsome

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/june-2015/ (2016-02-14)
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    thought it was extraordinary that there was now a museum so close to us in Long Island City I invited Courtney and Elizabeth in for a tour and they offered us the chance to be a partner in this event We jumped at that opportunity Tell us a little about yourself and Eclectic Encore Props I was drawn to theater at a young age and was fortunate to study Theater Design and Production at UNC School of the Arts After graduating I came to New York and was prop buyer decorator for off off Broadway then off Broadway and then for nine Broadway shows In 1979 I took my savings of 175 and a bank loan of 3 000 and opened Eclectic Props Inc a prop rental company geared to theater With desire and determination I moved the company into the worlds of film television photography and events In 1989 I purchased Encore Studios and renamed the company Eclectic Encore Props Inc and moved both collections to 620 West 26th Street The combined inventory became the core inventory of what has become the largest collection of antiques and unique theatrical furniture and accessories available for rent on the East Coast With serious trepidation after realizing again that we had to move the ever expanding inventory to a new location I searched high and low New York New Jersey the Bronx and then found Eclectic s new home here on 33rd Street in LIC Our new three story showroom afforded me the opportunity to organize our displayed inventory by period or theme We went further by enhancing those sections with staged vignettes showcasing the depth and breadth of the collection In February we opened Eclectic Encore Photo Studio a division of Eclectic Encore Props Inc Our photo studio is available to rent with or without props but I strongly recommend renting props while you are shooting in the studio We offer 50 off the cost of the rental visit our combined state of the art website where our more than one million item inventory is accessible 24 7 See www eclecticprops com click on Photo Studio and see what ideas come to mind Who or what is your market At Eclectic we work with the art department of a film or TV show that team consists of the Production Designer Art Director Set Decorator and Inside Prop Person Set decorators are responsible for creating the environment for every scene in the script That can be a hotel room in the 1800s a police station in the 1930s or a cabin in woods in Austria 2015 With endless possibilities for story lines a prop company can be very useful Props consist of everything a person or character lives with or touches The style or period helps create the character Props are set pieces or hand props and decorators are consummate historians and lovers of detail layer after layer of things that sit on the tables will help the characters come to life

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/conversation-with-suri-bieler/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    artworks are constantly changing moving sculptures More than 275 works will be on view in this fascinating exhibition including paintings sculpture constructions sound recordings video film photographs handmade and knitted clothing and costumes and many other surprising and thought provoking forms When the Curtain Never Comes Down would not have been possible had it not been for those willing to take risks and fund daring and ambitious projects I send a special thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works and the Coby Foundation Ltd for their enthusiasm and support On an adventurous note of a different kind the Museum kicked off a new international travel program with a well timed trip to one of the world s most complex and fascinating destinations Cuba Eighteen Museum friends met with local artists at their studios stopped in at museums and studied the old world architectural legacy of this island nation The excursion took place during the last week of February and first week of March Those of you who might be interested in sharing just a bit of the warmth these travelers experienced please view photographs here I am happy to announce that more international journeys are in the Museum s planning and we will keep you well informed Closer to home the Museum s Teen Docent Program hit a high note this past February Students participating in this program researched and designed interactive tours of A Shared Legacy Folk Art in America then hosted forty teens working with the Rubin Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem as well as interns with Cooper Union and Hunter College Topics for discussion were derived from the works of art on view in the exhibition including gender roles in nineteenth century America and the history of advertising Impromptu

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/march-2015/ (2016-02-14)
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