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A Kingdom in Pieces

January 16, 2019–March 29, 2019
Exhibition

At One Court Square (Citigroup Building)
Long Island City, Queens
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A Kingdom in Pieces is an off-site community display on the ground floor of the Citigroup Building that features animals from the teaching collection of the American Folk Art Museum and works by the artists of Fountain House Gallery & Studio. Whether friendly or fierce, sublime or surreal, animals have captivated the imagination of artists in every place and time. A Kingdom in Pieces explores the influence of animals on a range of creative work. Coordinated through a collaboration between two Long Island City–based organizations, this global menagerie of diverse occupants tells stories, evokes emotions, expresses ideas, and teaches us about ourselves in relation to the natural world.

The exhibition is organized by Steffi Duarte and Sarah Margolis-Pineo, assistant curators, Self-Taught Genius Gallery of the American Folk Art Museum, and Ariel Wilmott, director, Fountain House Gallery, with assistance from R. Sarah Richardson and Ellen Quinn, Citi Center for Culture.

Images: Tiger; Manuel Jimenez (dates unknown); Oaxaca, Mexico; c. 1980; paint on wood; 5 x 18 x 8 in.; gift of Elizabeth F. Wecter, Animal Carnival, Inc., IR85.53.1. Photo by American Folk Art Museum.

Baboon; Manuel Jimenez (dates unknown); Oaxaca, Mexico; c. 1980; paint on wood; 7 x 13 1/2 x 4 in.; gift of Elizabeth F. Wecter, Animal Carnival, Inc., IR85.53.4. Photo by American Folk Art Museum.

Yellow Fox with Pink Ball; artist unidentified; Oaxaca, Mexico; c. 1984; paint on wood; 5 x 2 x 7 1/2 in.; gift of Elizabeth F. Wecter, Animal Carnival, Inc., IR85.53.10. Photo by American Folk Art Museum.

Pig; artist unidentified; Guatemala; c. 1982; paint on wood; 13 x 5 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.; gift of Elizabeth F. Wecter, Animal Carnival, Inc., IR85.53.40. Photo by American Folk Art Museum.

Green Canine; artist unidentified; Guatemala; c. 1982; paint on wood; 6 1/8 x 10 x 31/4 in; gift of Elizabeth F. Wecter, Animal Carnival, Inc., IR85.53.42. Photo by American Folk Art Museum.

Lizard; artist unidentified; Australia; c. 1980; paint on wood; 3 1/4 x 30 x 3 3/4; gift of Elizabeth F. Wecter, Animal Carnival, Inc., IR85.53.74. Photo by American Folk Art Museum.

Credits

Major support for the Self-Taught Genius Gallery is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Booth Ferris Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ford Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Reviews
Art: Primal Animals in Acrylic and Wood
– Will Heinrich