$1.6 M. Grant to American Folk Art Museum for Traveling Show

A mid-20th-century Henry Darger from the museum's collection. (Courtesy AFAM)

The American Folk Art Museum, which sold its onetime home in Midtown in 2011 because of financial trouble, has been award a $1.6 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund an exhibition called “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum.”

The show, which will include more than 100 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, will open at its current home at Lincoln Center next May and then travel to five other cities. Hopefully some people who see the show will consider making some donations to the museum. Read More


Some Good News for the Folk Art Museum: They're Debt-Free

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The American Folk Art Museum, which vacated its building next to MoMA last year and moved to a smaller storefront near Lincoln Center due to financial difficulties, is “reasonably secure” after selling the building on West 53rd Street and receiving contributions of about $3.5 million. Read More

Art Fairs

Jim Crow, William Miller and Michael Eastman Walk Into an Art Fair…

Joseph Yoakum "Kathy Poillian, 1st Strip Dancer in 1893" (1966)

At his booth at The Metro Show, a new arts and design fair focused mainly on American folk art, James Brett, who runs the London-based Museum of Everything, looked around cautiously before removing his shirt.  Across the aisle a dealer looked at him with a judgmental gaze before Mr. Brett told her, “You’re funny.” He was fully clothed by the time a female visitor arrived at his booth. Read More