The Board of Trustees and Staff of the American Folk Art Museum mourn the passing of our great friend and supporter, Sam Farber, who served as a trustee from 1996 to 2005 and, thereafter, served as trustee emeritus. A passionate and avid collector of art brut and art of the self-taught, Sam gave important works to the Museum, which greatly enhanced the collection, and also lent his own works generously, helping to raise awareness of and educate the public about this art. Sam was a driving force behind the formation of the Museum’s Contemporary Center; he was also the person most responsible for the establishment of the Henry Darger Study Center. A disciplined thinker, thoughtful, calm yet persevering, Sam took on many tasks that others avoided, managing projects and cultivating relationships on behalf of the Museum. He served tirelessly as head of the Building Committee and oversaw the construction at 45 West 53rd Street. His leadership and financial generosity allowed the Museum to pursue ideas and ventures that otherwise would not have been possible. We were inspired by him and will continue to be inspired by his vision for what the Museum could be. He was a man of style, grace, humility, and intellect. He will be sorely missed.
19 Jun 2013