American Folk Art Museum

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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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I found this museum on my lunch hour and stopped in but had no where enough time to look at all the wonder art and pottery. I love Folk Art and this museum is fantastic. I loved the displays, the art work, the pottery, and the textiles they had. They also have the most fantastic gift shop. I wanted to buy everything I saw. It makes a wonderful gift or just something great to decorate your home. Jewelry is great too.

PROS: Folk Art and Gift Shop - Great.
CONS: None

4
★★★★☆

I found this museum on my lunch hour and stopped in but had no where enough time to look at all the wonder art and pottery. I love Folk Art and this museum is fantastic. I loved the displays, the art work, the pottery, and the textiles they had. They also have the most fantastic gift shop. I wanted to buy everything I saw. It makes a wonderful gift or just something great to decorate your home. Jewelry is great too.

PROS: Folk Art and Gift Shop - Great.
CONS: None

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The American Folk Art Museum is on the same block as The Museum Of Modern Art. I am a sucker for folk art and enjoyed my visit. It's almost $10 to get in which is a bit steep considering it is three small floors and you work your way through it fairly quickly. Like MOMA down the block it is free Friday nights, call first, and is worth a visit especially when it is free.

PROS: Nice art
CONS: Coud be cheaper

4
★★★★☆

The American Folk Art Museum is on the same block as The Museum Of Modern Art. I am a sucker for folk art and enjoyed my visit. It's almost $10 to get in which is a bit steep considering it is three small floors and you work your way through it fairly quickly. Like MOMA down the block it is free Friday nights, call first, and is worth a visit especially when it is free.

PROS: Nice art
CONS: Coud be cheaper

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Make sure you understand what folk art is before you go, or you are in for some disappointment. It is interesting and a nice visit, but you have to expect it. The place is a bit small though, and the staff is not terribly friendly.

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★★★☆☆

Make sure you understand what folk art is before you go, or you are in for some disappointment. It is interesting and a nice visit, but you have to expect it. The place is a bit small though, and the staff is not terribly friendly.

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A very serious look at art that was quite frequently not made to be taken seriously. Transport back in time to admire and enjoy a fine collection of colonial and nineteenth century paintings. Lovely hand carved items and some of the most endearing quilts you will ever come across.

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A very serious look at art that was quite frequently not made to be taken seriously. Transport back in time to admire and enjoy a fine collection of colonial and nineteenth century paintings. Lovely hand carved items and some of the most endearing quilts you will ever come across.

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The new American Folk Art Museum bowls me over. The topnotch design by Todd Williams Billie Tsien and Associates facilitated comfortable viewing for me not just in the numerous gallery spaces, but in the stairwells that led me from one floor to another too. Furthermore, the commonplace materials used in the construction (fiberglass, stainless steel, a variety of woods and tombasil--a bronze alloy used to make grave markers among other things) cleverly reflects the everyday-transformed-into-something-special aesthetic that is the museum's province. This attention to detail continues inside in sometimes startling ways: A wall of inscribed, colored wooden panels with donors' names looks like a work of folk art itself. As for the museum's collection, lovers of art brut, outsider art and quirky handicrafts will not be disappointed. The Henry Darger holdings are without peer; the Ralph Esmeranian gift--with its paintings, needlework and sculptures--is also impressive.

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★★★★★

The new American Folk Art Museum bowls me over. The topnotch design by Todd Williams Billie Tsien and Associates facilitated comfortable viewing for me not just in the numerous gallery spaces, but in the stairwells that led me from one floor to another too. Furthermore, the commonplace materials used in the construction (fiberglass, stainless steel, a variety of woods and tombasil--a bronze alloy used to make grave markers among other things) cleverly reflects the everyday-transformed-into-something-special aesthetic that is the museum's province. This attention to detail continues inside in sometimes startling ways: A wall of inscribed, colored wooden panels with donors' names looks like a work of folk art itself. As for the museum's collection, lovers of art brut, outsider art and quirky handicrafts will not be disappointed. The Henry Darger holdings are without peer; the Ralph Esmeranian gift--with its paintings, needlework and sculptures--is also impressive.

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This is one of the most delightful museums in town. It celebrates America's multi-cultural roots and gives us an idea of how art evolved in this country. Even kids love it.

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★★★★★

This is one of the most delightful museums in town. It celebrates America's multi-cultural roots and gives us an idea of how art evolved in this country. Even kids love it.

 

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