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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    of my sewing machine every day from six in the morning until four o clock in the afternoon and I make clothes Koos created a gown inspired by works of art from the museum s collection for the 2014 exhibition Folk Couture Fashion and Folk Art He generously donated the gown to the museum and it is now part of the permanent collection Click here to explore Koos s creative

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/koos-van-den-akker/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    p m WNET Channel 13 Encore airings Friday February 6 at 7 00 pm on WLIW Sunday February 8 at 12 00 pm on Thirteen Sunday February 8 at 3 00 pm on WLIW Sunday February 8 at 8 30 pm on NJTV Also online at NYC ARTS is Valérie Rousseau s discussion of Maurino Auriti s Encyclopedic Palace in the Curator s Choice segment and stayed tuned for a

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/nyc-arts/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    and the Outsider Art Fair are once again on the calendar Metro Curates will welcome special guests of the American Folk Art Museum on Wednesday January 21 Members of Folk Art Circle the Director s Circle the Council for Traditional Folk Art the Council for the Study of Art Brut and the Self Taught and Young Folk will be admitted at 5 00 p m prior to the public opening at 6 00 On Friday January 23 all Museum members receive complimentary admission A special American Folk Art Museum pop up shop will be in operation during the run of Metro Curates Opening night of the Outsider Art Fair takes place on Thursday January 29 and the Museum s Young Folk will celebrate with an after party at the Hotel Americano All American Folk Art Museum members receive complimentary admission to the Outsider Art Fair throughout the run of the fair January 30 February 1 Please email Anna Hessa at ahessa folkartmuseum org to receive your ticket code And stop by the Museum s booth at the fair for a specially designed social media experience The annual and always incisive Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture will take place on Saturday January 31 at 10 00 a m and will include a film and discussion about artist Emery Blagdon More information about this event will be available at the Outsider Art Fair and upcoming e mail announcements On view at the Museum A Shared Legacy Folk Art in America This remarkable exhibition reveals an aspect of folk art that is all too often overlooked the role that early American artists played in documenting events of national importance Also folk artists often raised their brushes or brandished their carving tools to express pride in the nation that was taking shape around them throughout the nineteenth century Many such works are on view in our galleries at 2 Lincoln Square and we invite you to visit A Shared Legacy is family friendly the carousel animals and trade carvings are not to be missed Those of you who are interested in a more detailed discussion of the works on view should make sure to attend the Curator s Perspective Tour with Stacy C Hollander the Museum s Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions which takes place on Thursday February 19 at 1 00 p m And for those dames and dudes who truly want to step back in time and for a few moments revel in nineteenth century fashion art and culture consider the Legacy Bash on Tuesday February 17 from 7 00 to 10 00 p m Breeches or pantaloons waistcoats and greatcoats cravats and top hats are all welcome as are bustles muffs and boas Period themed refreshments will be served and live music will be performed Be sure to wear your vintage finery there will be prizes Chalkware figures were popular decorative art forms in the 1800s outstanding examples can be found in A Shared

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/january-2015/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    Richard Parsons husband of American Folk Art Museum Chairman Laura Parsons Richard led a live auction which inspired guests to donate additional funds for educational programs His own message about the importance of the museum also touched our hearts I could not be happier or more proud and I know the Museum s board and staff share my gratitude It was a special honor for me to report on the Museum s progress by the numbers for fiscal year 2014 the Museum had more than 115 000 visitors at 2 Lincoln Square up 30 from the previous year an average of 19 events per month and a 73 increase in students grades K 12 all at an admission charge of 0 00 The truly wonderful evening concluded with dancing and the lively tunes of Element Music A New Initiative Let me share more good news a major advancement more than a year in the making is soon to reach fruition We invite you to experience an up to the moment online presentation that will reintroduce you to the American Folk Art Museum and enable you to share our treasures with ease and improved access On November 17 in about one week the Museum will launch its new expanded and greatly improved website The new site will enhance and increase access to six decades of scholarship and the Museum s collection Web visitors will find instant information about upcoming programs and special events while learning even more about exhibitions on view Additional new features and functionalities include an expanded collection section an image driven presentation of content social media integration more descriptive and illuminating exhibition pages and a fully responsive design which makes the new site mobile and tablet friendly More than that the new site is people friendly and welcomes visitors of all ages Megan Conway the Museum s Director of Publications and Website served as project manager and we at the Museum applaud her Brooklyn United a New York based Interactive firm provided creative services and developed the new site We are eager for your feedback and hope to hear from you once you ve had a chance to browse the new site The website redevelopment was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Award MA 10 0181 13 The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation s 123 000 libraries and 17 500 museums Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation lifelong learning and cultural and civic engagement Its grant making policy development and research helps libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive We are honored to receive this prestigious award Celebrate the Holidays with the American Folk Art Museum The holiday season approaches and the Museum is celebrating in many ways The first ever FAB FOLK FEST begins on Thursday December 4 and continues through Tuesday December 9 FAB FOLK FEST I is a

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/november-2014/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    I recognize the powerful role art plays in moving our city forward and we are grateful for organizations like the American Folk Art Museum as we broaden access to the arts for all New Yorkers On behalf of the City of New York please accept my best wishes for a wonderful evening and continued success Sincerely Bill de Blasio Mayor And this I was delighted to learn about the American Folk Art Museum s exhibit of the works of Dutch artist Willem van Genk who lived with schizophrenia Events like yours are crucial in raising awareness of mental illnesses and reducing the stigma associated with them The van Genk showing is a powerful reminder that mental illnesses do not discriminate and may take a toll on even the most talented and celebrated among us I applaud the Museum for shining a light on one artist s experience of living with a mental illness while maintaining a meaningful career With best wishes for the success of this and future exhibits Sincerely Rosalynn Carter Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter s note expresses an idea that is central to many of the exhibitions organized by the American Folk Art Museum despite unrelenting challenges so many are able to lead lives that are ceaselessly productive and we as audience members benefit from their views of the world This aspect of art will be addressed in a public program on October 16 top neuroscientists will discuss the mysteries of the creative impulse They will present findings on genetics and the science of the brain focusing on mental health and in particular schizophrenia and autism both of which were part of van Genk s life and art Lest we forget artist Pablo Helguera art professor Barrie Cline and Fasanella expert Paul D ambrosio will join Elizabeth Broun the the Margaret and Terry Stent Director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a discussion on October 28th They will explore social practice in relation to Fasanella s work and how social conscious art not only continues into the present day but also seems to be flourishing These programs will enable participants to gain deeper appreciation and insight into the lives and careers of two twentieth century artists who taught themselves to draw and paint The urge to create and need to express resulted in works that mesmerize us with their artistic power It is an honor to present the exhibitions and celebrate these unparalleled achievements None would be possible without the dedication and abiding commitment demonstrated by trustee Joyce B Cowin whose invaluable gifts to the museum have enabled us to thrive Not only did she identify and secure our space at 2 Lincoln Square many years ago but her belief in the museum her stewardship of its treasures and her continuous dedication have had a profound impact with a ripple effect that emanates out around the world I hope you will join us for our Fall Benefit Gala in a stunning tribute to our wonderful trustee

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/october-2014/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    1998 to 2007 bringing her distinguished record of public service and professional experience to the role Margaret is remembered as a woman of strength focus elegance and generosity In addition to her position on the long range planning committee Margaret donated works of art to the collection and provided funding for major exhibitions Chief among her contributions was the creation of the Henry Darger Study Center Fellowship which enabled scholars to gain unprecedented access to this archival resource while working with museum staff in a program that lasted four weeks The Board of Trustees and staff of the museum extend heartfelt sympathy to Margaret s family and friends Image STRANGE FRUITS Ulysses Davis 1913 1990 Savannah Georgia after 1968 paint on wood with glass 19 x 9 x 9 in American Folk Art Museum gift of John and Margaret Robson 2001 14 1 Photo by Gavin Ashworth MAKE A LASTING CONTRIBUTION TODAY Hudsonian Curlew Weathervane Artist unidentified DISCOVER YOUNG FOLK THE MUSEUM S YOUNG PATRONS Untitled Eugene von Bruenchenhein 1910 1983 VIEW THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS Diamond in the Square Quilt Artist unidentified Visitors Location Hours Tours Exhibitions Calendar About Us Families Community Access Shop Researchers Library Archives Explore the

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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    underwent some important transformations and sales are up we added a video screen to our facade and we saw increases in school and public programs docent led tours hands on workshops performances and special events Exciting New Exhibitions Exhibitions this fall will focus on two important figures Ralph Fasanella Lest We Forget opens September 2 and Willem van Genk Mind Traffic opens September 10 Both offer new perspectives on art by the self taught Ralph Fasanella 1914 1997 was born and raised in the Fordham section of the Bronx The son of Italian immigrants Fasanella worked with his father delivering ice in the years prior to widespread household refrigeration This experience engendered his respect for laborers and hardworking Americans which became the source of inspiration for all of his artworks Later on as a young man he fought in the Spanish Civil War and worked as a union organizer Fasanella s paintings depict historic and imagined scenes that recall the ways in which political systems affect the lives of individuals and communities Dr Valérie Rousseau Curator art of the self taught and art brut says There is a deep public and social component at the origin of Fasanella s artistic vision He wished for his paintings to be seen by workers on the walls of large union halls and speak to the masses in community gathering places The formulation of his ideas and his contributions recall Diego Rivera s murals and ambitions Through his artworks Fasanella always revealed his deep and compassionate concern for his fellow New Yorkers and Americans Dr Rousseau provides a unique curatorial eye in the exhibition Willem van Genk Mind Traffic Van Genk lived in the Netherlands throughout his life and he traveled extensively Although diagnosed with schizophrenia his brilliant works depict urban panoramas with all their complexity transportation systems varying styles of architecture and people interacting with their surroundings and with each other Van Genk is one of the most celebrated of European art brut artists and this is the first exhibition of his work to be presented in the United States Dr Rousseau comments I interpret these imaginary landscapes as memory palaces which served as platforms and scaffolds that enabled van Genk to fix immortalize and map hidden forces His art becomes a sophisticated device for him to process the world around him and maintain control over his daily routine and identity Both of these artists demonstrate a keen awareness of the physical social and political environments surrounding them Fasanella and van Genk each created works that are carefully observed and scrupulously pointedly detailed And both witnessed on each side of the Atlantic the technological transformations of the latter half of the twentieth century which also had profound impacts on their work It is a provocative pairing On The Horizon Our beautiful fall Gala will take place on Thursday October 23 It is our great privilege to honor Joyce B Cowin for her leadership as a trustee and patron of our museum at 2

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/julyaugust-2014/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    of an idyllic and ever flowering haven but in the modern industrialized world where do people find respite and refuge The artists whose works are on view take very divergent paths leading visitors on an exploration of timeless metaphysical realms and timely real world concerns I urge you to visit It was a special pleasure to welcome Lincoln Center s Young Patrons who mingled with our Young Folk and were treated to a curator led tour with Stacy C Hollander Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions Young Folk is already a success story this group of the Museum s newest supporters launched in April and they are increasing in numbers daily Also we have been regularly hosting alumni groups and other friends please do let us know if you would like to arrange a special event or group visit Speaking of introductions I wanted to shine a spotlight on a dedicated friend of the Museum and the newest member of the Board of Trustees whom I had the pleasure of meeting two years ago when I first began my work here Peter Rapaport whose background in finance and management rendered him eminently qualified to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Greater New York region of the American Red Cross as well as other board positions for social service organizations has been with his wife Elisa a long time supporter of the American Folk Art Museum When we met at the Gala two years ago Peter mentioned his interest in helping the Museum strengthen its resources at that particular time in its history I am especially pleased to announce the creation of a new staff position the Rapaport Archivist at the American Folk Art Museum which is made possible by a gift from Peter and Elisa to whom we express our gratitude The Board of Trustees of the Museum the staff and I are looking forward to working with Peter and the Rapaports inform me that they are looking forward to learning even more about art by the self taught It is always a privilege to work with people who like Peter and Elisa are sincerely committed to helping to build the Museum s future On that note I also want to send a shout out to Jonathan and Karen Fielding and acknowledge their many contributions Karen Fielding serves on the Board of Trustees at the American Folk Art Museum and she has been tireless in her support and generous with her time Works of art from the Fieldings collection are now on view at the Williams College Museum of Art in an exhibition titled Material Friction Americana and American Art The exhibition also includes works from the Williams College Museum and tells stories about early life in America A few dates to keep in mind a rare opportunity to meet one of the artists whose works are in the Museum s collection will take place on Tuesday July 29 Sharon Begley author and

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