“The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman” Exhibition

The New-York Historical Society

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On view at the New-York Historical Society this summer will be The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman. Avant-garde sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882–1946) is widely recognized for his elegant portrayals of dancers, circus performers, and other popular entertainers. Less familiar is the pioneering folk art collection that Nadelman and his wife, the cosmopolitan heiress Viola Spiess Flannery, amassed after their marriage in 1919. They shared an all-consuming passion for American and European folk art, and helped define the emerging field by opening their own museum. The exhibition, on view May 20 through August 21, 2016, will feature more than 200 objects across a wide range of media, including furniture, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, iron, textiles, drawings and watercolors, and household tools. Many of the objects on view are drawn from the New-York Historical Society’s Nadelman collection, acquired from the artist in 1937, and will be supplemented by a number of key loans of Elie Nadelman’s sculpture, illuminating the intersection between folk art and modernism.



from May 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016

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