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Holding Space: The Museum Collects

March 5, 2018–July 5, 2018

Holding Space: The Museum Collects opens March 5, 2018, at the American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City. The exhibition highlights the breadth of recent acquisitions by the museum over the past five years. It brings together more than forty works of art by eighteenth through twenty-first century artists and visionaries whose formal and conceptual concerns cut across cultural and generational divides. Included are masterful works by elusive artist James Brown, Thornton Dial, Sheldon Peck, Ammi Phillips, and Martin Ramirez, as well as quilts, furniture, cobalt-decorated stoneware, assemblages, and works on paper.

The exhibition is curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo, assistant curator of the Self-Taught Genius Gallery.


Image credit: Cupboard-over-Drawers; David K. Livingston (1845–1940); Soap Hollow, Pennsylvania, or Michigan; 1870; paint and bronze-powder stenciling on wood; 66 1/4 x 30 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.; Collection American Folk Art Museum; gift of Charles Muller in memory of Brenda Muller; 2016.19.2. Photo by Adam Reich.



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, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.