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American Folk Art Museum, New York

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until July 28, 2019

"Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art" presents 100 works of art by self-taught artists, telling the story about NYC as the centre of America’s financial and commercial world.

Until May 30 at Self-Taught Genius Gallery, companion exhibition "New York Experienced" features works made in and around NYC by self-taught artists.

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023 

Self-Taught Genius Gallery
47-29 32nd Pl, Long Island City, NY 11101


From Folk Art Museum's website:


Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre that reflected local tastes, traditions, and needs. In fact, many of the objects that have been associated with the heartland were manufactured and used in New York City by artists and artisans who, in the tradition of self-taught artists around the world, learned their skills by joining family businesses, apprenticing to masters, or by teaching themselves the expertise needed to produce those pieces that we now consider among the core expressions of American folk art. Around 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives simultaneously: “The Art of Business” portrays the people and places that were part of the city’s thrumming commercial life, and “The Business of Art” highlights the diverse mediums and formats used by the artists, artisans, and manufacturers. The exhibition draws on the collections of a number of New York City museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, The New-York Historical Society, and historical societies and museums in all five boroughs, as well as private collections.

Curator: Elizabeth V. Warren



New York Experienced explores the connection between self-taught art and the New York spirit through a selection of works from the American Folk Art Museum’s collection made in the greater New York City area. The metropolis’s distinctive magic is often credited to the large, diverse, and enterprising population who call the city and its environs home. The artworks on view by such artists as Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997), Malcah Zeldis (b. 1931), Gregorio Marzán (1906–1997), and Harry Lieberman (1880–1983), among many others, reflect daily life in and around the city from recognizable cityscapes and private domestic scenes to abstract works that reveal interior lives through the act of making.

Exhibition curator: Steffi Ibis Duarte, assistant curator, Self-Taught Genius Gallery