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Freedom Quilt

Jessie Telfair

American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection

February 11, 2020–January 3, 2021
At the American Folk Art Museum
Lincoln Square, Manhattan

Everyone has a story to tell—a life lived, witness to and participant in events both private and shared. Such moments are captured by American folk and self-taught artists in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of America from its inception to the present. American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection showcases more than seventy stellar works of folk and self-taught art from the museum’s premier collection. Beautiful, diverse, and truthful, the art illuminates the thoughts and experiences of individuals with an immediacy that is palpable and unique to these expressions.

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Friendship Star Quilt

Elizabeth Hooton (Cresson) Savery and others

Signature Styles: Friendship, Album, and Fundraising Quilts

January 22, 2020–August 30, 2020
At the Self-Taught Genius Gallery
Long Island City, Queens

By its nature, the signature quilt is meant to be read not only as a whole but also square by square. Although the form is known by various names—including friendship, album, and fundraising quilts—what all of these types share in common is the composite nature of the quilting project, in which individual signed blocks have been brought together to form a larger design. Often a group undertaking, each block was typically named for, and frequently made and/or paid for by, a different member of a community.

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Upcoming Exhibition
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Untitled

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie

January 16, 2021–June 6, 2021
At the American Folk Art Museum
Lincoln Square, Manhattan

PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie presents the first international survey of self-taught photography. Gathering works dating from 1870 to the present by artists from various countries, the exhibition reveals the critical potential of this still relatively unexplored segment of the research on art brut.

 

 

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Eagle and Shield Weathervane

Artist unidentified

American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

New dates – to be announced
At the American Folk Art Museum
Lincoln Square, Manhattan

Major support for this exhibition is provided by Julie Lindberg, with additional support by Deborah Davenport and Stewart Stender, David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, Michael Del Castello, the Stacy C. Hollander Fund for Exhibitions, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation, and the Council for Traditional Folk Art.

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Paa Joe: Gates of No Return

February 29, 2020–May 31, 2020
At the High Museum
Atlanta, Georgia

Accra-based artist and craftsman Paa Joe (b. 1947), known for his figurative coffins that draw from the traditional Ghanaian custom of abebuu adekai, gained international recognition in seminal presentations like Magicians of the Earth (Pompidou, 1989). This exhibition presents a unique series of large-scale painted wood sculptures commissioned in 2004 and 2005—architectural models of Gold Coast castles and forts that served as way stations for more than six million Africans sold into slavery and sent to the Americas and the Caribbean between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Once forced through these “Gates of No Return,” they started an irreversible, perilous journey during which many died. This production alludes to Paa Joe’s coffins, seen as vessels ferrying the dead in the afterlife, speaking to spirits separated from bodies in trauma. Archival documents and recordings accompany the show.

 

 

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