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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    We remain grateful for the purchase of the building by our good neighbor the Museum of Modern Art the sale of the building was a necessary step for our resurgence We are also deeply sympathetic to our friends Billie Tsien and Tod Williams as they face the destruction of a building of which we were all proud The American Folk Art Museum however lives on We are actively achieving our mission through exhibitions and programs at our Lincoln Square location and other venues throughout the city the country and the world For a balanced view of the Museum s situation and prospects please continue to browse this website as well as Robin Pogrebin s April 2 article in the New York Times To see just how vibrant we are we invite you to visit the Museum tomorrow at 2 Lincoln Square and to stay for the liveliness of our weekly Free Music Fridays program Thank you all for your attention and support The Board of Trustees and staff of the American Folk Art Museum Image GIRL IN RED DRESS WITH CAT AND DOG Ammi Phillips 1788 1865 vicinity of Amenia New York 1830 1835 oil on canvas 30 x 25

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    of excellence public engagement with diverse and excellent art lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts We could not be prouder to be among this distinguished group of recipients On the subject of lectures and symposia public programs at the American Folk Art Museum offer unique enriching and lively learning opportunities Whether discussing traditional works quilts needlework or chalkware for example or works of art by the self taught artists such as Nek Chand Thornton Dial or Bessie Harvey just to name a few the scholars and experts who lead our discussions are knowledgeable enthusiastic and eager to share ideas We are planning an especially dynamic series of events beginning in June with the opening of Bill Traylor Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and a complementary exhibition organized by curators Stacy C Hollander and Dr Valérie Rousseau titled Traylor in Motion Wonders from New York Collections The latter exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to view 39 works of art from prestigious private collections which are infrequently if ever exhibited And a very special program truly a once in a lifetime event will take place on Thursday May 16 Amy Herman will conduct the amazing program she developed to help people use their sense of sight in a more enriching and beneficial way The Art of Perception is an interactive and participatory class that will include looking at works of art in the Museum s galleries and reporting on the experience Strengthening our powers of observation is more important than ever before and the Museum offers perfect opportunities for honing visual acuity by looking and seeing in more attentive ways Ms Herman who has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine on CBS television

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/april-2013/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    of Heritage Preservation and the American Folk Art Society for making this ambitious and important project possible We anticipate that the searchable online archive will launch in early 2014 We are also planning to create a boxed set of DVDs which too will provide full searchable access to each issue Also thank you to Board President Monty Blanchard and Leslie Tcheyan for their gracious hospitality Monty and Leslie welcomed VIP visitors from the Armory Show to their home one Saturday morning a few weeks ago and provided an invaluable collection tour for grateful participants I had the opportunity of meeting many collectors and enthusiasts from out of town at this invitation only event and we made many new friends A few weeks later collectors and friends gathered at Trustee Audrey Heckler s home and there curator Dr Valérie Rousseau led a discussion of plans for a strong network of professionals who focus on self taught artists with the goal of creating a friends group for the Museum those who might seek to more actively share scholarship and resources More excellent news The Museum is to be represented at the 2013 Venice Biennale In fact the inspiration for this year s international art fair is a work from the Museum s collection which has been on view in many of our exhibitions The Il Enciclopedico Palazzo del Mondo The Encyclopedic Palace of the World is a monumental work of art it stands 11 feet tall and occupies a footprint of 7 feet by 7 feet This majestic creation was merely the model for an architectural structure in which all the world s knowledge would reside Marino Auriti 1891 1980 the self taught artist who envisioned and built the Palazzo was an Italian immigrant who lived in Pennsylvania and he used wood plastic glass metal hair combs and model kits parts to construct his edifice It is now the centerpiece of the 2013 Venice Biennale and we could not be happier for this worldwide recognition I am also happy to report that plans are underway for our October gala Building on the success of last year s Glitter Gala we are planning an even more star studded spectacular Fall Benefit event Please save the date Wednesday October 16 I will have more to say about this in upcoming messages Let me take this opportunity to inform you about two programs that in my view are not to be missed The Museum in collaboration with Reel Lives a non profit youth media organization based in New York City will be presenting three documentaries followed by discussions with the young adults who made the films Each of the films explores the experience of immigration and each is an autobiographical portrait a young woman who questions the rituals and faith of Brooklyn s Lubavitch community a young man from the Dominican Republic who wants to pursue a career in dance despite his family s feelings about his passion and a young man who envisions a

    Original URL path: http://folkartmuseum.org/news/march-2013/ (2016-02-14)
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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    accurate record of an individual each Prior portrait reveals something about the sitter his or her role or profession perhaps an accomplishment their economic status or signature values such as achieving an education or the ability to read Prior was an abolitionist and his many paintings of African Americans are among his most enduring and important legacies His portrait of Nancy Lawson portrays a fashionable educated and well to do young woman in the painting of her husband we see this gentleman s position as a successful and proud businessman he wears a gold watch and watch fob and sports a cigar The Lawson paintings are considered Prior s masterpieces and the artist s evident signature and date on the paintings was a daring move in 1843 America Prior s portraits of children are especially riveting Rachel Rosen the Museum s director of education reports that schoolchildren are fascinated to see their forebears in these paintings The gazes of the young faces now immortalized by Prior are open and trusting and clues to their gender can be found in the small toys or props they hold in the way their hair is parted or sometimes in their clothing Also engaging is the frequent inclusion of a family dog who received as much of the painter s attention as the children portrayed in these canvasses Other approaches to portraiture are evident in Women s Studies our other show currently on view Paul D Humphrey s Sleeping Beauties hint at the many different motivations underlying the making of a portrait as do Eugene Von Bruenchenhein s photographs of his wife Marie Nellie Mae Rowe s lush and color saturated depictions of women are paired with Inez Nathaniel Walker s drawings these two artists works reflect the internal world rather than record their external world Both Artist and Visionary William Matthew Prior and Women s Studies teach us about the many different and complex interactions between artists and their subjects Our Winter Symposium on Prior coincided with the opening of the Metro Show in late January where we introduced ourselves to new audiences and reintroduced the Museum to many members and supporters Ten days later the Museum s Uncommon Artists XXI the annual Anne Hill Blanchard Symposium featured cameo talks by scholars Edward Puchner on artist Minnie Evans Lyle Rexer on Gayleen Aiken Cara Zimmerman on George Widener and Jenny Moore on Rosemarie Trockel These incisive discussions were in celebration of the Outsider Art Fair which we co sponsored At the preview of the Outsider Art Fair we hit another high note with the return of our Visionary Award It was my honor to introduce Trustee Audrey B Heckler who presented the award this year to Lee Kogan Please remember that Compass Folk Art in Four Directions remains on view until March 31 at the South Street Seaport Museum Compass is a truly remarkable exhibition Featuring outstanding works of art from the Museum s collection it sheds light on the ways in which

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  • News | American Folk Art Museum
    America and abroad in collaboration with many organizations and museums In recent years she acted as an independent curator and scholar as well as the program director at the Outsider Art Fair 2012 and 2013 She has organized exhibitions and written catalogs for a number of institutions and galleries on such artists and topics as A C M James Castle Henry Darger Guo Fengyi Sava Sekulić Charles Steffen Stas Volyazlovsky Soviet TASS propaganda posters and the recent exhibition Collectors of Skies featuring the work of Janko Domsic Victor Hugo Zdenek Kosek Vik Muniz Dorothy Napangardi and Achilles G Rizzoli Rousseau also organized the traveling exhibition Richard Greaves Anarchitect which was presented in Lausanne at the Collection de l Art Brut as well as Bill Anhang at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts Montréal and Papa Sorgente and the Great Antonio at the Darling Foundry Montréal Dr Rousseau lectures internationally and is the author of numerous catalogs essays and articles Of particular note is Vestiges de l Indiscipline Environnements d Art and Anarchitectures published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization Gatineau In 1998 Rousseau cofounded the Société des arts indisciplinés SAI Montréal the first Canadian organization devoted to documenting studying and presenting the works of self taught artists She served as director and curator until 2007 There she established significant archives on the topic Rousseau was awarded her PhD in art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2012 Her PhD studies also included seminars at La Sorbonne Université Paris 1 There she examined the concept of folk art and institutional theories of art She received a masters in cultural anthropology at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris France in 2007 working on artists personal museums and the art brut collection of Jean Dubuffet In 1998

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    Joli Québec Canada Rousseau has conducted several studies and projects in the art field both in North America and abroad in collaboration with many organizations and museums Please join us in welcoming her as the Curator of 20th Century and Contemporary Art she begins her work with the Museum officially on February 14 Following on the heels of the jubilant evening at the Seaport Museum we celebrated the opening of Artist and Visionary William Matthew Prior Revealed and Women s Studies at the Museum on January 22 Feasting on artisanal hand crafted breads and cheeses works of art in themselves made by Nina and Jonathan White we welcomed colleagues from the Fenimore Art Museum the organizer of the Prior exhibition and our own treasured members and friends Prior s portraits become all the more poignant with the knowledge that these were probably the only reminders of family members and friends in the years before photography They invite so much curiosity Prior like other painters introduced props and objects that provide information we hunger for a favorite toy a cherished book The realization that the people in Prior s portraits so strongly resemble people we know or even ourselves can be astonishing But isn t that the purpose of visiting a museum to be amazed to be surprised to really open your eyes More surprises can be found in Women s Studies Eugene Von Bruenchenhein s photographs of his wife Marie provide perhaps the starkest contrast to Prior s portraits What do they say about the collective culture of their times and ours Chief Curator Stacy C Hollander gives us a view of women from both sides now literally on opposite walls of one gallery The Von Bruenchenhein photographs which make voyeurs of all who view them are accompanied by the

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    February 3 2013 a sampling of the best of the best quilts that represent the finest examples in a variety of techniques time periods and regions In New York the Museum once again played a major role at the annual Lincoln Square neighborhood Winter s Eve event a seasonal celebration that attracts thousands of people The Museum Shop was responsible for the glittery sparkly ornaments on the Christmas tree at Dante Park opposite Lincoln Center and we were featured on prime time television news WABC TV that evening The inspiration for this year s ornaments was our current exhibitions Foiled Tinsel Painting in America and Ooh Shiny Curator Lee Kogan can be seen giving an illuminating tour of Foiled on the PBS show NYC ARTS a catalog of the exhibition will be available later this winter Downtown our sister organization the South Street Seaport Museum which flooded during Hurricane Sandy will re open on December 14 and we look forward to the same robust attendance for our exhibition Compass Folk Art in Four Directions that we saw prior to the storm As you already know none of our artworks were damaged however the Seaport Museum buildings took a blow We are very happy to see that they will soon be up and running again and we thank those of you who contributed to that effort If you haven t seen Compass called a trip to visual heaven by New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz I encourage you to visit See the exhibition soon because it closes on February 3 2013 Later this winter the American Folk Art Museum will present the exhibition Artist Visionary William Matthew Prior Revealed organized by the Fenimore Art Museum Cooperstown New York Prior 1806 1873 democratized portraiture by devising a sliding scale fee structure that made such visual documents available to a broad cross section of American society He adjusted his painting style accordingly offering flat portraits without shade for less money than fully modeled depictions This also allowed him to compete with the growing popularity of photography that was threatening to replace the painted portrait Prior was a fierce abolitionist and his legacy includes a significant number of portraits of free African Americans in the pre Civil War era He was also deeply involved with the Adventist Movement started by prophet William Miller who predicted the second coming of Christ in 1844 Prior painted leading members of this movement as well as Miller himself Today Prior is celebrated for the freshness and spontaneity of his portraits particularly those that relied less on academic conventions A rich history of America can be found in this fascinating exhibition which will be on view January 24 May 26 2013 As a companion to this show the Museum will present Women s Studies a selection from the collection of drawings and photographs of women by four self taught artists from the 1940s through the late twentieth century two male two female Eugene Von Bruenchenhein Paul D Humphrey

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    encourage you to visit this page of their website I also encourage you to visit the South Street Seaport Museum which should reopen this week and view our exhibition Compass Folk Art in Four Directions which has been extended through February 3 extra admission fee revenue will also help our partner institution at this critical time New York City s government website features numerous ways to aid various city wide relief efforts in support of New Yorkers in need following Hurricane Sandy If you would like to donate or volunteer see nycservice org WNYC radio also has a helpful list of ways to help in New York City Long Island Westchester and New Jersey on their website If you have artworks that sustained damage as a result of the hurricane the Museum of Modern Art has posted guidelines for conserving flood damaged artworks libraries and archives on their home page On behalf of the American Folk Art Museum s board of trustees and staff I express my heartfelt concern and support for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath Sincerely The Honorable Anne Imelda Radice PhD Executive Director Image Photo by Gavin Ashworth related news December 2012 The year

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