American Folk Art Museum

★★★★☆
The American Folk Art Museum is one of the leading institutions dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of folk art. From 18th and 19th century paintings, quilts, and sculptures to the dynamic work of contemporary self-taught artists, the museum�s extraordinary collection reveals the spectrum of American expression. The museum believes that "folk art captures the heart of American culture. It speaks to diversity of heritage and shared national experience, individual creativity and community values." The museum's collection of more than 4,000 artworks span three centuries of American visual expression, from unflinching portraits, dazzling quilts, and muscular weathervanes to potent works by contemporary self-taught artists in a variety of mediums. Aside from frequent special exhibitions, the Museum offers two permanent collections: The Contemproary Center Formed in 1997, the center is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of works by 20th- and 21st-century self-taught artists. Of particular note is the Henry Darger Study Center of the American Folk Art Museum. The center is guided by a belief that self-taught artists, with special reference to those highly gifted individuals who are identified with the field of art brut or "outsider" art, have created a powerful and moving but frequently unacknowledged body of work that is essential to a full understanding of the art and culture of the world. Permanent Collection Houses many examples of notable self-taught artists and outsider art. In particular, works by Henry Darger, Howard Finster, John Bell and others.
  • 45 West 53rd Street

    New York, NY 10019

    Cross street: Btwn Fifth and Sixth Aves

    Map & Directions
  • 212-265-1040

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Tue-Sun: 10:30am-5:30pm Friday: 10:30am�7:30pm Cafe Tue-Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm Friday: 11:00am-7:30pm

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Security will greet you with either a stiff smile or a glare, followed by a scrutinizing stare. When you purchase your entry ticket, you walk in to see strange artwork.

The people that work there are friendly, however respond with a brash attitude concerning the artwork there. The artwork is supurb! If you get a chance to take one of the tours, please do. You will learn so many interesting things ( including the story of a couple who made wooden children and played with them ). The area is clean and top notch, a highly recommended musuem for those that dont want a million people everywhere but want to see good art.

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★★★★☆

Security will greet you with either a stiff smile or a glare, followed by a scrutinizing stare. When you purchase your entry ticket, you walk in to see strange artwork.

The people that work there are friendly, however respond with a brash attitude concerning the artwork there. The artwork is supurb! If you get a chance to take one of the tours, please do. You will learn so many interesting things ( including the story of a couple who made wooden children and played with them ). The area is clean and top notch, a highly recommended musuem for those that dont want a million people everywhere but want to see good art.

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