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Fables and Fairytales

December 17, 2016–January 27, 2017
At the American Folk Art Museum’s Collections and Education Center
Long Island City, Queens

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition is on view through January 27, 2017, by appointment in Long Island City at the museum’s Collections and Education Center.

FABLES AND FAIRYTALES featuring dynamic animal characters have captured the imaginations of children and adults around the world for thousands of years. Kalila wa Dimna (Kalila and Dimna) is a collection of animal fables that centers around the jackals Kalila and Dimna, who are also brothers. The stories originated in India more than two thousand years ago and have been widely circulated in the Near East. Noted scholar, author, and artist Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir has adapted and illustrated three of these lively tales of resourcefulness, jealousy, and friendship in a new volume published by the American Folk Art Museum. The original drawings will be on view for a limited engagement at the museum’s Collections and Education Center in Long Island City. They will be accompanied by fanciful selections from the museum’s collection, including figures by Indian artist Nek Chand, animal carvings by New Mexican artist Felipe Benito Archuleta, and additional animal-themed sculpture from the United States and Mexico.

Visitation is by appointment. To schedule your visit to the Collections and Education Center, please contact or 212. 265. 0605.


All illustrations by Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir.

Installation photos by Olya Vysotskaya.