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Manhattan, New York City 

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American Folk Art Museum 


The American Folk Art Museum (initially known as the Museum of Early American Folk Art) is located in New York City's Midtown Manhattan and nearby the Museum of Modern Art. The museum opened in 1963 and is devoted to artworks by self-taught American artists from the 18th to 21st century. Collections are from several communities in the United States including Anglo American, German, Hispanic, and African American.

American Folk Art Museum, New York City
American Folk Art Museum by Daniel Shankbone

Exhibits include paintings, drawings, woodcarvings, and metalwork. There are also exhibits of decorative art including furniture, ceramics, urns, quilts, and needlework in various designs and patterns. The designs in the artworks represent ideas expressed during the period. Works from famous American folk artists include John Vanderlyn, Sheldon Peck, and Grandma Moses.

Exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum, New York City
Exhibits at the American Folk Art Museum from Wikimedia

In the last two decades, there has been an increased in artworks from the Hispanic and African American communities. The museum also organizes regular events devoted to American folk art including music programs and art workshops. Some of the events are held at the museum's Lincoln Square Branch, across the Lincoln Center in Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Location: 45 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), New York, NY 10019

Website: American Folk Art Museum

Visitor (inquiry): 212-265-1040 


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