American Folk Art Museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for American Folk Art Museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Carlo Zinelli Exhibition

    Carlo Zinelli Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-03-15 - 2017-08-20

    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 and distinctive Italian artist—a canonical...More »

  • poster for Eugen Gabritschevsky “Theater of the Imperceptible”

    Eugen Gabritschevsky “Theater of the Imperceptible”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2017-03-14 - 2017-08-20

    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,...More »

  • poster for Ralph Fasanella “Lest We Forget”

    Ralph Fasanella “Lest We Forget”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-09-02 - 2014-11-30

    Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997) celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially minded paintings. This exhibition celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of the...More »

  • poster for “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum” Exhibition

    “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2014-05-13 - 2014-08-17

    In a newly formed United States, this characterization took on dynamic and optimistic dimensions that were pivotal to the development of a start-up nation with no history and conceived on an experimental...More »

  • poster for “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art” Exhibition

    “Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art” Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2014-01-21 - 2014-04-23

    Fashion has always found inspiration in unpredictable sources: art, life, history—there are no boundaries. In this spirit, the American Folk Art Museum explores the relationship between inspiration and...More »

  • poster for “alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins” Exhibition

    “alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins” Exhibition

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    • Media: Product - Crafts
    • 2013-10-01 - 2014-01-05

    This exhibition considers three contemporary artists who are inspired by the history and structure of American quilts but who are neither inhibited, constricted, nor defined by it. Sabrina Gschwandtner,...More »

  • poster for “Recent Gifts” Exhibition

    “Recent Gifts” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Crafts
    • 2013-06-11 - 2013-09-22

    The exhibition is sponsored in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Ford Foundation, the Robert Lehman...More »

  • poster for Bill Traylor “Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts”

    Bill Traylor “Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2013-06-11 - 2013-09-22

    This exhibition will include approximately 63 drawings and paintings by self-taught Alabama artist Bill Traylor. Traylor began making art near the end of his life, and his works are notable for their flat,...More »

  • poster for “Traylor in Motion: Wonders from New York Collections” Exhibition

    “Traylor in Motion: Wonders from New York Collections” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2013-06-11 - 2013-09-22

    Bill Traylor (c. 1854–1949) forged a personal iconography of recurring characters and subjects. They exhibit the artist’s photographic memory by recalling images, sounds, or movements with clear precision....More »

  • poster for "Women’s Studies" Exhibition

    "Women’s Studies" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography
    • 2013-01-24 - 2013-05-26

    The late twentieth century has seen great strides for women working within visual mediums, yet the male gaze persists as the primary perspective from which women are considered — and thus perceived — in...More »

  • poster for "Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed" Exhibition

    "Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-01-24 - 2013-05-26

    Organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, this exhibition includes more than 40 oil paintings spanning William Matthew Prior’s career from 1824 to 1856. Through his pragmatic marketing...More »

  • poster for Eugene Von Bruenchenhein "Freelance Artist—Poet and Sculptor—Inovator—Arrow maker and Plant man—Bone artifacts constructor—Photographer and Architect—Philosopher"

    Eugene Von Bruenchenhein "Freelance Artist—Poet and Sculptor—Inovator—Arrow maker and Plant man—Bone artifacts constructor—Photographer and Architect—Philosopher"

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    • Media: Drawing - Photography - Crafts
    • 2010-11-09 - 2011-10-09

    “Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: ‘Freelance Artist—Poet and Sculptor—Inovator—Arrow maker and Plant man—Bone artifacts constructor—Photographer and Architect—Philosopher’” focuses on the formal leitmotifs of...More »

  • poster for "Perspectives: Forming the Figure" Exhibition

    "Perspectives: Forming the Figure" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2010-08-24 - 2011-08-24

    This exhibition, the second installment of the "Perspectives" series organized by the education department, examines some of the many renderings of figures in the museum's permanent collection. From 19th...More »

  • poster for "The Private Collection of Henry Darger" Exhibition

    "The Private Collection of Henry Darger" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Prints - Other
    • 2010-04-06 - 2010-09-19

    Henry Darger had an art collection. He displayed it in his one-room apartment in Chicago, nearly one hundred artworks hanging from string, tacked into the walls, or pasted with glue directly onto various...More »

  • poster for "Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands" Exhibition

    "Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2010-04-06 - 2010-09-12

    Female artistic expression in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries followed prescribed time-honored conventions. Most of the graceful works presented in this exhibition, all of which are in the museum’s...More »

  • poster for "Henry Darger and the Coloring Book" Exhibition

    "Henry Darger and the Coloring Book" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2009-10-06 - 2010-09-13

    Henry Darger (1892-1973) adopted countless images from popular media sources such as newspapers, magazines, comics, and cartoons, but no single source influenced him as continuously as the coloring book....More »

  • poster for "Approaching Abstraction" Exhibition

    "Approaching Abstraction" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2009-10-06 - 2010-09-06

    It is commonly assumed that contemporary self-taught artists work solely in a representational style, eager to engage in storytelling and personal memory. But while the narrative tradition often is a primary...More »

  • poster for "Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter" Exhibition

    "Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-09-29 - 2010-03-07

    Obscure in his own lifetime, Thomas Chambers found fame in the twentieth century with the discovery of The "Constitution" and the "Guerriere," a rare signed painting of his that unlocked the identity of...More »

  • poster for "Perspectives: Setting the Scene in American Folk Art" Exhibition

    "Perspectives: Setting the Scene in American Folk Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2009-09-08 - 2010-08-15

    The notion of "setting" is a theme that is an integral part of the folk art of America. There is a long tradition of depicting places—from domestic interiors and sites of work and leisure to country landscapes,...More »

  • poster for "KALEIDOSCOPE" Evening

    "KALEIDOSCOPE" Evening

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    • Media: Art Party
    • 2009-06-05 - 2009-06-05

    The American Folk Art Museum invites you to a night in celebration of its Spring shows, with free admission from 5:30 to 8:30PM, four floors of exhibitions, and live music by Will Knox & Ayo Awosika....More »

  • poster for "The Treasure of Ulysses Davis" Exhibition

    "The Treasure of Ulysses Davis" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2009-04-21 - 2009-09-06

    Ulysses Davis (1914 - 1990) was a Savannah, Georgia, barber who created a diverse but unified body of highly refined sculpture that reflects his deep faith, humor, and dignity. For the more than three...More »

  • poster for "Kaleidoscopic Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern" Exhibition

    "Kaleidoscopic Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-04-21 - 2009-09-13

    Paula Nadelstern (b. 1951) found her artistic voice early in her career as a quilt artist, inspired by a bolt of sensuous and beautiful Liberty of London fabric. The bilateral symmetry of the design was...More »

  • poster for "Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition-Contemporary African American Quilts" Exhibition

    "Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition-Contemporary African American Quilts" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-03-24 - 2009-10-11

    Quiltmaking has long been recognized as an important facet of American history, and individual quilts, such as Harriet Powers's late-nineteenth-century Bible Quilt, have themselves been sought out as important...More »

  • poster for "Up Close: Henry Darger" Exhibition

    "Up Close: Henry Darger" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-10-07 - 2009-09-30

    The American Folk Art Museum will devote an intimate gallery on the fourth floor to rotating exhibitions focusing on a single theme. The first of these will showcase eight of the nearly three hundred watercolors...More »

  • poster for "In the Atrium: Recent Gifts to the Collection" Exhibition

    "In the Atrium: Recent Gifts to the Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2008-10-07 - 2008-06-30

    [Image: Artist unidentified "1909 Hupmobile Weathervane" (c. 1909) Metal 31 x 50 x 13 in. Photo by Gavin Ashworth]More »

  • poster for "The Seduction of Light: Ammi Phillips | Mark Rothko Compositions in Pink, Green, and Red" Exhibition

    "The Seduction of Light: Ammi Phillips | Mark Rothko Compositions in Pink, Green, and Red" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-10-07 - 2009-03-29

    Ammi Phillips (1788 - 1865) and Mark Rothko (1903 - 1970), two American masters disparate in time, place, and presentation, pursued the soul-thirsting creation of inner light through the "realm of the...More »

  • poster for "Martin Ramirez: The Last Works" Exhibition

    "Martin Ramirez: The Last Works" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Other
    • 2008-10-07 - 2009-04-12

    Considered one of the self-taught masters of twentieth-century art, Martin Ramirez (1895 - 1963) created hundreds of drawings and collages of remarkable visual clarity and expressive power within the confines...More »

  • poster for "Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger" Exhibition

    "Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2008-04-15 - 2008-09-21

    There is a long history of academically trained artists drawing inspiration from self-taught artists and thus freeing themselves to think in unexpected ways and on their own idiosyncratic terms, almost...More »

  • poster for Asa Ames "Occupation Sculpturing"

    Asa Ames "Occupation Sculpturing"

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2008-04-15 - 2008-09-14

    Asa Ames is a mysterious and tragic figure. The young sculptor died from consumption when he was 27 years, 7 months, and 7 days old. Though his own life was short, he immortalized family members and neighbors...More »

  • poster for “Folk Art Revealed” Exhibition

    “Folk Art Revealed” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Furniture - Crafts
    • 2004-11-16 - 2009-08-23

    “Folk Art Revealed,” opened on November 16, 2004. The exhibition explores the nature of folk art through four themes applied to a diverse range of artwork from the museum’s rich and extensive holdings,...More »

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