American Folk Art Museum

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. www.folkartmuseum.org https://twitter.com/FolkArtMuseum https://instagram.com/afamuseum/ http://pinterest.com/folkartmuseum/ https://instagram.com/afamuseum/

Stenciled bedcovers are relatively rare and appear to have been made primarily in New England and New York State. Their ...
07/16/2020

Stenciled bedcovers are relatively rare and appear to have been made primarily in New England and New York State. Their popularity was most prevalent during the second quarter of the nineteenth century when stenciled decoration adorned the interior walls in many homes, and the art of theorem painting was taught to young women in schools.

Image: Stenciled Quilt, Artist: Olivia Dunham Barnes and Dunham family member, Conway, Massachusetts, United States, 1825–1835, Paint on cotton and copperplate-printed cotton, Gift of In The Beginning-Quilts, Inc., Seattle, 2002.11.1, Photo Credit: In the Beginning Quilts, Inc.

Elizabeth Schumacher Leece was influenced by the innovations introduced into quiltmaking in the early twentieth century ...
07/15/2020

Elizabeth Schumacher Leece was influenced by the innovations introduced into quiltmaking in the early twentieth century by Marie D. Webster, a designer and the author of Quilts: "Their Story and How to Make Them (1915)". Webster’s quilts feature a pastel color scheme, distinct borders, and a medallion center

Image: Tulip and Rose Bouquet Quilt, Artist: Elizabeth Schumacher Leece, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
1930–1945, Cotton, Gift of Marian Baer, 1984.11.2, Photo Credit: Gavin Ashworth

"In each Zoom session, Gronke walks through different pieces of art with the viewers, speaking slowly and giving generou...
07/15/2020
Folk Art for Alzheimer’s Patients

"In each Zoom session, Gronke walks through different pieces of art with the viewers, speaking slowly and giving generous pauses for the audience members to digest the information and ask questions." - The West Side Spirit on Access Educator Elizabeth Gronke and how she has adapted the museum's Folk Art Reflections series to online platforms: https://bit.ly/FARSpirit1

At 305 West End Residence and various other senior care facilities in the city, where visitors have been prohibited due to the pandemic, the residents...

Unwind and find inspiration in self-taught art! Join us on Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. EDT for a new Digital Drink + ...
07/14/2020

Unwind and find inspiration in self-taught art! Join us on Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. EDT for a new Digital Drink + Draw session focusing on imagined vistas. AFAM educator and artist Natalie Beall will explore the creative practices of Ronald Lockett, Joseph Yoakum, and other artists who have drawn inspiration from the land and environment before inviting everyone to activate their own imaginations and sketch their own scenes.

Space is limited! Visit the link to register:
https://folkartmuseum.org/programs/digital-drink-draw-imagined-vistas-7-23-20/?ID=25209

Image: Mt. Trinity of Clear Water; Joseph Yoakum (1890–1972); Chicago, Illinois; n.d.; Ballpoint, pencil, colored pencil on paper; 12 × 18″; Blanchard-Hill Collection, gift of M. Anne Hill and Edward V. Blanchard, Jr.; 1998.10.66. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

From the Collection: Judith ScottDiscover the cocoon-like specimens of color and complexity that exemplify the work of J...
07/13/2020

From the Collection: Judith Scott

Discover the cocoon-like specimens of color and complexity that exemplify the work of Judith Scott. Click for more info: https://linktr.ee/afamuseum

Image: Untitled (White Nest), Artist: Judith Scott, Oakland, California. c. 1990s. Yarn and fabric with unknown armature. Gift of Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, California, 2002.21.1. Photo Credit: Gavin Ashworth.

A careful visual reading shows that the center appliqués are devoted to fertile imagery, crowned by a female figure at t...
07/12/2020

A careful visual reading shows that the center appliqués are devoted to fertile imagery, crowned by a female figure at the top. The block next to her, though, has only botanical appliqués. It is surmised that the intended husband did not survive, and the quilt was never finished.

Image: Bird of Paradise Quilt Top, Artist unidentified, Vicinity of Albany, New York, United States, 1858–1863, Cotton, wool, and silk with ink and silk embroidery, Gift of the Trustees of the American Folk Art Museum, 1979.7.1, Photo Credit: Gavin Ashworth

Calling all Families!Your family is invited to explore the collection and get creative using a guide made by Teshaba Bar...
07/11/2020

Calling all Families!

Your family is invited to explore the collection and get creative using a guide made by Teshaba Barlow, a participant in the Museum Career Internship Program.
To find out more:https://folkartmuseum.org/content/uploads/2020/06/AFAM-from-HOME_Family_Final.pdf

Image: Beach with Parachute Jump, Artist: Vestie Davis (1903–1978); New York City; 1960; oil on canvas, bequest of Gloria Bley Miller, 2008.5.11. Photo by Adam Reich.

Thank you to everyone who attended tonights Free Music Fridays: Facebook Live. If you missed it, they are recorded and p...
07/11/2020
Free Music Fridays: Facebook Live

Thank you to everyone who attended tonights Free Music Fridays: Facebook Live. If you missed it, they are recorded and posted on this page.

Here are donation links and music links for each artists:

Sarah Browne
Donation:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-music-fridays-facebook-live-tickets-109690938550

Buy Sarah's music:
https://sarahbrownemusic.com/music

Find out more about Sarah Browne:
https://sarahbrownemusic.com

Joe Thompson
Donation:
https://www.eventbrite.com/.../free-music-fridays...

Buy Joe's music:
https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-hunting-the-hope/263384753

Find out more about Joe Thompson:
https://joethompsonmusic.com/

Saraswathi Jones Music
Donation:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-music-fridays-facebook-live-tickets-109690938550

Buy Saraswathi's music:
https://saraswathijones.bandcamp.com

Find out more about Saraswathi Jones:
https://www.saraswathijones.com

Join us at 6pm EDT for Free Music Fridays: Facebook Live with performances by Sarah Browne, Joe Thompson, and Saraswathi Jones.

We're excited to bring our virtual Free Music Fridays: Facebook Live shows to you. On the day of the show, performances ...
07/10/2020

We're excited to bring our virtual Free Music Fridays: Facebook Live shows to you. On the day of the show, performances will be broadcast live at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 7:00 pm.

Here's how to watch:

1. Visit us on Facebook (and like our page!) at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFolkArtMuseum.
2. At 6:00 pm on the day of the show, our first performer will begin broadcasting directly from our page. Click on the red button that says "Live" to watch the stream, and feel free to comment and say hi during the show.
3. We'll be posting donation and musician info links in the comments section of each show. If you don't see a link, ask us in the comments.
4. Each performance will last 30 minutes. When the performance ends, head back to our main page at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFolkArtMuseum.
5. Refresh this page, if necessary, until a new "Live" red button appears. That will take you to the next performance.
6. Repeat this process to see all three performances! And if you miss anything, visit our archives for videos of all the performances at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFolkArtMuseum/live and https://www.facebook.com/pg/AmericanFolkArtMuseum/videos.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know during the show in the comments section, or email the host, Lara Ewen, after the show: [email protected]. We want you to enjoy yourselves, and we love seeing all of you at these virtual events. Thank you for tuning in!

Join us today, July 10, 2020, from 6-7:30pm for Free Music Fridays on Facebook Live.  We'll be hosting performances from...
07/10/2020

Join us today, July 10, 2020, from 6-7:30pm for Free Music Fridays on Facebook Live. We'll be hosting performances from Sarah Browne, Joe Thompson, and Saraswathi Jones Music (hosted by Lara Ewen) directly from our page.

Your donation and RSVP are gratefully appreciated: https://folkartmuseum.org/programs/free-music-fridays/?ID=25058

07/09/2020
Virtual Insights: Foodie Faces

Enjoy Virtual Insights: A Reading from Foodie Faces by artist and authors Bill and Claire Wurzel. Look, listen, and learn about expressing emotions and making art with food!

Learn more about upcoming education programs at folkartmuseum.org/programs/upcoming and make a donation to support virtual programming here: https://bit.ly/3gFoJp5. Please follow Bill and Claire’s work at funnyfoodart.com.

In this painting, Hunter offered a quiet pathos. The symmetrical composition features a black Christ figure on a central...
06/30/2020

In this painting, Hunter offered a quiet pathos. The symmetrical composition features a black Christ figure on a centrally positioned, stark white cross against a pale lavender background, calling to mind the historical suffering of black people in a white world.

Image: Black Christ on Cross, Artist: Clementine Hunter, Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States, c. 1972, Oil on cardboard, Gift of Mrs. Chauncey Newlin, 1991.23.1, Photo Credit: Gavin Ashworth

#AFAM #AFAMfromHome #MuseumfromHome #BlackChristOnCross #ClementineHunter

Happy birthday Aloïse Corbaz. Aloïse was able to capture an abundance of color and expression by only using found materi...
06/28/2020

Happy birthday Aloïse Corbaz.

Aloïse was able to capture an abundance of color and expression by only using found materials such as Crayon, colored pencil, geranium-flower juice, and thread in order to bring the piece to life.

Image: Nenuphars (double-sided), Artist: Aloïse Corbaz, Switzerland, Mid-twentieth century, Crayon, colored pencil, geranium-flower juice, and thread on machine-woven paper, Gift of Etienne Forel and Jacqueline Porret-Forel in honor of Sam and Betsey Farber, 2002.8.1A, Photo Credit: Gavin Ashworth

Missing the in-person museum experience? We miss you too! For now, take a moment to read the visitor booklet from the cu...
06/26/2020

Missing the in-person museum experience? We miss you too! For now, take a moment to read the visitor booklet from the current exhibition "American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection:" https://bit.ly/AFAMAPBook

#AFAM #AFAMFromHome #AmericanPerspective

Thanks to everyone who attended our recent Free Music Fridays Facebook Live performances, which take place online on the...
06/25/2020

Thanks to everyone who attended our recent Free Music Fridays Facebook Live performances, which take place online on the second Friday of each month from 6-7:30pm (https://www.facebook.com/AmericanFolkArtMuseum/live_videos/). We're excited to bring you our next show on Friday, July 10, featuring Sarah Browne, Joe Thompson, and Saraswathi Jones Music, and hosted by Lara Ewen.

Your donation and RSVP are gratefully appreciated: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-music-fridays-facebook-live-tickets-109690938550
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/588595625402139/

Happy National Handshake Day!A Handshake is a common part of everyday life It’s a way of reaching out to others and a wa...
06/25/2020

Happy National Handshake Day!

A Handshake is a common part of everyday life It’s a way of reaching out to others and a way of creating and keeping relationships. like this hand, in particular, Which incorporates values of candor, frankness, and sincerity, as well as the lesson that “whatever the hand finds to do, the heart should go forth in wisdom.”

Image: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Heart in Hand Staff, Artist unidentified, United States, 1850–1900, Paint and gold leaf on wood, Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel, 2015.1.135
Photo Credit: José Andrés Ramírez

#AFAM is honored to have received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant through the #NEHCARES program. As the mu...
06/24/2020
News | American Folk Art Museum

#AFAM is honored to have received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant through the #NEHCARES program. As the museum approaches its 60th Anniversary in 2021, the grant will provide support for remote public programming, digital infrastructure upgrades & strategic planning. https://lnkd.in/dmYdKJc

24 Jun 2020 AFAM Receives National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Grant The American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) is honored to have received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant through the NEH CARES program. NEH CARES emergency relief grants provide funding to cultural nonprofits to s...

Drawing inspiration from personal experience as well as wider issues, Thorton Dial's works focuses on the human conditio...
06/24/2020

Drawing inspiration from personal experience as well as wider issues, Thorton Dial's works focuses on the human condition: interpersonal relationships and relationships to community, government, and the world at large.

Image: A Basket is Like a Man's Mind, Artist: Thornton Dial Sr. (1928–2016), Bessemer, Alabama,1989, Oil or acrylic on canvas, Museum of American Folk Art purchase made possible with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Metropolitan Life Foundation, 1990.3.4, Photo Credit: Brad Wrisley

On June 23, 1961, the American Folk Art Museum’s charter was signed. This Flag Gate appeared in the museum's inaugural e...
06/23/2020

On June 23, 1961, the American Folk Art Museum’s charter was signed. This Flag Gate appeared in the museum's inaugural exhibition of 1962. Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr., one of the museum’s founders, enjoyed telling friends that he spotted it at an Americana auction among garden furniture. His donation of the gate—the first object in the museum’s permanent collection—served to motivate others to donate similarly treasured objects, and a collection was born. Happy Birthday #AFAM!⁠⠀
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Flag Gate; Artist unidentified; Jefferson County, New York, United States. c. 1876; Paint on wood with iron and brass⁠; 39 1/2 × 57 × 3 3/4"; Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. in honor of Neal A. Prince. 1962.1.1⁠ Photo Credit: John Parnell

Happy National Hydration Day! J.B. Murry might have used his spirit water to find the hidden messages within his work bu...
06/23/2020

Happy National Hydration Day!

J.B. Murry might have used his spirit water to find the hidden messages within his work but we can use water to stay hydrated.

Image: Spirit Water, Artist: John Bunion (J. B.) Murray, Sandersville, Georgia, United States, Late twentieth century, Glass bottle, metal lid, and water, Blanchard-Hill Collection, gift of M. Anne Hill and Edward V. Blanchard, Jr., 1998.10.34, Photo Credit: John Parnell

Unwind and find inspiration in self-taught art! Drink, draw, and connect virtually with AFAM Education staff and other c...
06/22/2020

Unwind and find inspiration in self-taught art! Drink, draw, and connect virtually with AFAM Education staff and other creatives.

Click here for more information about AFAM's upcoming drink and draw session:

https://folkartmuseum.org/programs/digital-drink-draw-pattern-and-repetition-6-25-20/?ID=24916

Image: Two Snakes, Scottie Wilson (1888–1972); Canada or United Kingdom; Mid- to late twentieth century; Ink on paper; 21 1/2 × 14”; Collection American Folk Art Museum, Gift of Sam and Betsey Farber; 2007.14.1. Photo by Charles Bechtold.

"I felt like a valued member of the team and at the end of each day, it was extremely satisfying to take a step back and...
06/20/2020

"I felt like a valued member of the team and at the end of each day, it was extremely satisfying to take a step back and see how everything had come together. I walked away with new skills, new friends, an openness to take on different tasks, and a better understanding of what it means to be a part of the collections department."- Matthew Morris, Collections Intern for the Museum Career Internship Program⁠

Visit the link in the bio to read more on Mathews's experience as "The Nervous Art Handler".

https://linktr.ee/afamuseum

Watch a panel discussion convened in connection with "Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art" on June 19, 2019⁠...
06/19/2020

Watch a panel discussion convened in connection with "Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art" on June 19, 2019⁠—Juneteenth, an annual holiday that celebrates emancipation and the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Artists Nona Faustine and Beatrice Glow joined historian Jack Tchen to discuss underrepresented New York histories through the lens of their art practices and historical research. View: https://vimeo.com/346699861

Photo: Beatriz Meseguer/On White Wall.

06/18/2020

Join Natalie Milbrodt, Director of the Queens Memory Project, and Regina Carra, Rapaport Archivist at the American Folk Art Museum, on Tuesday, June 30 at 1:00 pm for a conversation on archiving stories of resilience, hope, mutual aid, and loss amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Special guest, artist Alexis Ward will also join the conversation to discuss her artistic practice.

Space is limited! Visit the link in our bio to register and find out more.⁠⠀

Register and find out more about this program here: https://linktr.ee/afamuseum

Images from the AFAM from Home Archive by Elizabeth Gronke and Sheila Tintera, and from the Queens Memory COVID-19 Project by Alexis Ward.

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