American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square
212-595-9533

Mission: The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present. 



Reviews

Aly Mello

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Thursday, March 1, 2018
There's a recommended $10 donation, and if you can afford to do so, I'd really recommend supporting them. There are some really interesting exhibits that are worth at least stopping in for, but you could easily spend a long time here. The gift shop is also wonderful and there are a lot of cute handmade goods. I'd recommend looking at it, even if you don't visit the museum section. My only qualm was that the museum seemed to focus mainly on illustration and less on American craft-work which I would have liked to see.

Drew Donnelly

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Sunday, April 29, 2018
Love seeing a different side of art! Great exhibit on Epics. Cute gift shop too.

Trung Tieu

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Folk art isn't one of my favorite genres, but this was surprisingly accessible! In part the size of the museum (is not that big), but also the curators don't overwhelm you. Unless you're really into Folk Art and recognize the artists for the rotating exhibits, you probably only need to stop in once every 18 months.

M Girkinger

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Docent led tour made all the difference - highly recommend the tour as a way to actually understand the museum and art. Tour is daily and free

Gary Brazel

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
The art is worth a half hour to see. Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 there is good folk music presented. It is free and recommended.

Upcoming Events at American Folk Art Museum

Exhibition - Vestiges and Verse: Notes From The Newfangled Epic

Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Vestiges and Verse: Notes From The Newfangled Epic

Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Friday, Jun 1, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:30pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Friday, Jun 8, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:30pm
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Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Sunday, Jun 10, 2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Friday, Jun 15, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:30pm
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Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Sunday, Jun 17, 2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Friday, Jun 22, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:30pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Saturday, Jun 23, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Sunday, Jun 24, 2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Friday, Jun 29, 2018 from 12:00pm to 7:30pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Saturday, Jun 30, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Sunday, Jul 1, 2018 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Holding Space: The Museum Collects

Tuesday, Jul 3, 2018 from 11:30am to 7:00pm
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Exhibition - War and Pieced at American Folk Art Museum

War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military FabricsOrganized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, in collaboration with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Lincoln–Nebraska. Cocurated b…

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Exhibition - Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974 ) at American Folk Art Museum

Curated by Valérie Rousseau, PhD, Curator, Self-Taught Art and Art Brut.This survey, the first museum exhibition on Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974) in the United States, coincides with the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of this revered…

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Exhibition - Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible

Throughout his life, Eugen Gabritschevsky displayed a precocious passion for the natural sciences, particularly entomology. Born in Russia, he completed advanced degrees in biology and genetics in Moscow, before pursuing postdoctoral studies in 1925 …

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Exhibition - Treasures At American Folk Art Museum

The early American republic was a nation of makers. With a lively inventiveness fueled by revolutionary fervor, idealism, and self-taught genius, newly independent Americans filled their lives with art and color. It was widely recognized that the ide…

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Exhibition - Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die At American Folk Art Museum

Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die takes its title from a large-scale assemblage created by African American self-taught artist Ronald Lockett (1965–1998) in 1996, two years before he died of AIDS-related pneumonia. On the rusted-tin …

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Exhibiton - When The Curtain Never Comes Down

Most self-taught artists can be perceived as performance artists. Their work is infused with daily rituals, public actions, gestures, and enactments, defining a lifelong artistic practice for which the curtain never comes down. Beyond paintings and s…

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The Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Lecture: Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine

Join documentary film director Kelly Rush for a provocative discussion following a screening of her 27-minute documentary on the life and art of Emery Blagdon (1907–1986). Born in Callaway, Nebraska, Blagdon worked on the family farm and on horse r…

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Exhibition - A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America offers a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920. More than sixty works of art, including still-life, landscape, al…

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