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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    of Trustees commented Dr Radice s participation in this prestigious organization is a tribute to the American Folk Art Museum and its standing in the museum and art community We are so pleased to be represented in this distinguished group of professionals who are dedicated to best practices and to establishing and maintaining the highest standards in the field Dr Radice stated I am honored to serve in this way and look forward to working with colleagues from across the country I think of myself as a lifelong learner and hope to learn much that will benefit the Museum My hope is also that my experience will play an important role in informing others Dr Maxwell L Anderson The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art added It s very welcome news to have Anne Radice s voice added to the select membership of the Association of Art Museum Directors The breadth of her experience together with her sound judgment entrepreneurial vision and collaborative spirit will add greatly to our professional dialogue and will enhance our relevance to the lives of tens of millions of museum goers every year Image Dr Anne Imelda Radice MAKE A LASTING CONTRIBUTION

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/director-elected/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    the Washington Heights Expeditionary School and Talent Unlimited not to mention the many other schools the Museum serves on a daily basis I was so glad to see so many friends old and new who attended the celebration honoring leaders in the fashion world Tim Gunn our host and our honorees Dr Valerie Steele and Lucy Sykes Event Chair Yaz Hernández a strong voice in art and fashion worked tirelessly with Cochair and Chairman of the Museum s Board of Trustees Laura Parsons But please don t wait until January to visit There are many exciting events coming up alt quilts Sabrina Gschwandtner Luke Haynes Stephen Sollins our current exhibition redefines a traditional American icon the pieced quilt Join us on Saturday October 26 from 11 a m to 3 p m for Quilt Day an annual celebration of this extraordinary art form Demonstrations by metropolitan area quilt guilds will be followed by a curatorial talk 2 3 p m about the works on view in the galleries Artist Sabrina Gschwandtner will be discussing the political and social themes of her celluloid quilts following a presentation of the 28 minute groundbreaking 1981 documentary Quilts in Women s Lives on Wednesday November 13 at 6 p m Artist Stephen Sollins will analyze aspects of communication embedded in the patterns and choices seen in quilts and share methods of abstraction in his own work on Thursday December 12 at 6 p m Both programs are free The Museum Shop is preparing for the holidays by surveying the global landscape of unusual gifts Watch for original accessories scarves belts and other lovely and fashionable treats created by a few of the designers involved with Folk Couture Chief Curator Stacy C Hollander led a gallery tour for visitors from the Quilt Alliance s Quilters

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/october-2013/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    operations said the Museum s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Laura Parsons A newly designed website will be the centerpiece of our overall initiative It will increase our ability to deliver audience focused programs while serving as the pre eminent source of folk art scholarship The Museum aims to place the online browser the learner at the center of the ongoing dialogue about folk art and its meanings with links to such enhancements as more than 115 issues of Folk Art formerly The Clarion a scholarly journal published by the Museum from 1971 to 2008 curriculum guides for teachers image archives documenting exhibitions past and present video archives of lectures and symposia stepped up social media programs oral histories and a continuing education program among other initiatives 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 To learn more visit www imls gov STAY CONNECTED FOLLOW

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/institute-of-museum/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    The quilt is then framed and illuminated in a light box And Stephen Sollins explores ideas about domesticity privacy and the limits of intimacy in his work which employs used envelopes and Tyvek packaging as a medium Two artworks on view faithfully and meticulously reproduce masterpiece quilts from the Museum s collection which will also be on view This unique exhibition explores the blurred boundaries in art while also challenging perceptions about the meaning nature and role of quilts Chief Curator Stacy C Hollander organized alt quilts and we hope you will take the opportunity of joining her for a gallery tour on December 12 Check the Museum s calendar for more information Dr Valérie Rousseau Curator Art of the Self Taught and Art Brut will participate in a series of events meetings and conferences at the Outsider Art Fair Paris which takes place October 24 27 Rousseau has organized a full day symposium on Bill Traylor s life career and artworks which takes place on September 16 This program sold out weeks ago and we are at capacity However we will be able to make the proceedings available and ultimately we will post video from this event on our website Which brings me to a piece of outstanding news the Museum is the recipient of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services IMLS which will be used to expand and enhance our technological capacity and digital resources with emphasis on an updated web design and presence This grant in the amount of 137 462 will be matched by Museum funds We also gratefully acknowledge the Greater Hudson Heritage Network for providing funds that will help the Museum conserve the historic Cleveland Hendricks Crazy Quilt shown above We are completing plans for this year s Fall Gala

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/september-2013/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    Taught and Art Brut took place on June 26 This discussion focused on self taught artists and their importance in the canonical history of art More June and July highlights Chief Curator Stacy C Hollander authored a feature in The Magazine Antiques about game boards treasures from the years before they were mass produced Dr Valérie Rousseau contributed two essays to the catalog accompanying the Hayward Gallery s exhibition The Alternative Guide to the Universe and the Museum s Encyclopedic Palace of the World by self taught artist Marino Auriti continues to enchant visitors at the Venice Biennale some of whom are documented in our tumblr The Museum s fiscal year ended on June 30 and I am pleased to announce that we exceeded our goal for a balanced budget With the generous support of our Trustees members and friends we achieved a surplus we begin fiscal year 2014 on a very bright note Our audiences continue to grow and enrich the Museum with their enthusiasm interest and passion for folk art and art by the self taught School and teen programs are providing young visitors with opportunities for learning from their peers as well as providing high school students with valuable work experience so important for their continuing education And for the youngest visitors and their caregivers on the first Saturday of every month the Museum offers Families and Folk Art sessions tours and discussion followed by hands on programs in which each child creates their own work of art while learning about such visual concepts as shapes symbols characters and more On Saturday September 21 at 1 p m we will have a special Family Day program based on Bill Traylor Amid all of the exciting developments of this summer we were touched by sad news when we learned of the loss of our very dear friend Sam Farber Mr Farber was a robust and visionary trustee a dedicated leader and a problem solver whose imprint on the Museum will continue to endure for years to come We express our sorrow at his passing and our gratitude for all that Mr Farber and his wife Betsey have contributed to the Museum There are so many people to thank but I want to give a very special mention and words of appreciation to the Henry Luce Foundation the Ford Foundation editor in chief Betsy Pochoda and her staff at The Magazine Antiques and always and especially Trustee Joyce B Cowin whose generosity continues to make possible all that we are accomplishing Looking ahead on September 16 the Museum will present Bill Traylor Beyond the Figure a full day symposium that will bring together a dozen distinctive voices artists curators scholars to explore particular facets of the artist s work and life through a variety of approaches our fall exhibition alt quilts Sabrina Gschwandtner Luke Haynes Stephen Sollins is in the making and I hope to see many of you at the October 1 opening and I am most excited

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/july-2013/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    are profoundly honored The Luce Foundation s recognition of our unique mission and wonderful collection and programs allows us to share part of our treasures with a national audience in a direct and powerful manner The Foundation s support goes beyond the American Folk Art Museum to celebrate great works that have shaped our country s heritage and creativity We are excited to highlight works that not only reach back into our early history but also works made by modern artists who discovered their creative selves along diverse unorthodox and alternative paths Self Taught Genius Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum will be on view in New York City from May 13 through August 17 2014 and is organized by the American Folk Art Museum s Chief Curator Stacy C Hollander and Dr Valérie Rousseau Curator Art of the Self Taught and Art Brut The show will then travel to five venues throughout the country during the next three years the tour will soon be announced in a joint statement of the American Folk Art Museum and its partners Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated catalog public programs symposia digital and online media and other resources to expand and enhance its accessibility Said Ellen Holtzman the Luce Foundation s program director for American art The grant to the American Folk Art Museum epitomizes the Luce Foundation s 30 year commitment to raising awareness of the rich scope of American visual art The national tour is designed to reach maximum audiences across the country expanding appreciation of the Museum and its signature collection For five decades the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping an understanding of folk art and the work of contemporary self taught artists through its exhibitions publications and educational programs The Museum s mission

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/henry-luce-foundation-grants-museum-1-6-million/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    the self taught Sam gave important works to the Museum which greatly enhanced the collection and also lent his own works generously helping to raise awareness of and educate the public about this art Sam was a driving force behind the formation of the Museum s Contemporary Center he was also the person most responsible for the establishment of the Henry Darger Study Center A disciplined thinker thoughtful calm yet persevering Sam took on many tasks that others avoided managing projects and cultivating relationships on behalf of the Museum He served tirelessly as head of the Building Committee and oversaw the construction at 45 West 53rd Street His leadership and financial generosity allowed the Museum to pursue ideas and ventures that otherwise would not have been possible We were inspired by him and will continue to be inspired by his vision for what the Museum could be He was a man of style grace humility and intellect He will be sorely missed SEARCH THE COLLECTION Human Headed Blengins Henry Darger 1892 1973 LISTEN TO A JAZZ WEDNESDAYS PERFORMANCE Sunburst Quilt Probably Rebecca Scattergood Savery 1770 1855 SUPPORT THE MUSEUM S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS M M Hooked Rug Artist unidentified Visitors Location

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/sam-farber-1924-2013/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    exhibition Black Folk Art in America 1930 1980 and countless others since then This year s Venice Biennale the world s largest exhibition of art will feature nearly one hundred works by self taught artists The centerpiece of the 55th International Exhibition is a work of art from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum Marino Auriti s Il Enciclopedico Palazzo del Mondo The Encyclopedic Palace of the World Follow the goings on there by visiting our Tumblr We are very proud Dr Valérie Rousseau curator art of the self taught and art brut will moderate a panel discussion about the role of self taught artists on June 26 with G Roger Denson Brett Littman Jerry Saltz and Karen Wilkin at 5 pm Tickets are 10 Museum members 5 students and artists free Registration is recommended tickets may be purchased online Other Museum news Recent Gifts an exhibition also opening on June 11 will feature new additions to the Museum s permanent collection We are grateful to the following donors Gordon W Bailey Helen and Jack Bershad Cynthia K Easterling Louise W Floeckher Kathryn Trotta Kane Susan and Laurence Lerner Leo Rabkin Ron and June Shelp Nancy Karlins Thoman and Mr and Mrs Walter L Wolf The Museum has joined a consortium of destinations around the country that offer great learning experiences for families The Wonder Collective has a number of prestigious partners Some examples are The Indianapolis Children s Museum Colonial Williamsburg the Heard Museum the Please Touch Museum and the San Diego Zoo among others and we are proud to participate in this endeavor We will be sharing more information later Works of art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein from the Museum s collection are included in an exhibition on view at London s Hayward Gallery Curator Dr Valérie Rousseau is a contributor to the exhibition catalog Sadly we learned of the death of Kristina Barbara Johnson who served on the Museum s Board for four decades and led the Museum as president of the Board in the early 1970s She donated a number of works of art related to the sea helped establish the Museum s quarterly journal The Clarion later Folk Art and exhibited extraordinary dedication to the Museum Her family has suggested that memorial contributions may be sent to the American Folk Art Museum please contact Elizabeth Kingman director of development at ekingman folkartmuseum org or 212 265 1040 ext 346 Mrs Johnson s generosity was invaluable and we were honored to have such a good friend Speaking of friendship a colleague recently asked where in New York she might be able to host a small luncheon and this inspired a lightbulb moment the American Folk Art Museum We are now offering the opportunity to host small private gatherings for up to sixty people almost any Monday when the Museum is closed to the public Whether your preference is tea for two or salads soufflés and sandwiches for sixty please consider the Museum as the

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/may-2013/ (2016-02-14)
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