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New York Experienced

February 19, 2019–July 11, 2019
At the Self-Taught Genius Gallery
Long Island City, Queens

New York Experienced explores the connection between self-taught art and the New York spirit through a selection of works from the American Folk Art Museum’s collection made in the greater New York City area. The metropolis’s distinctive magic is often credited to the large, diverse, and enterprising population who call the city and its environs home. The artworks on view by such artists as Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997), Malcah Zeldis (b. 1931), Gregorio Marzán (1906–1997), and Harry Lieberman (1880–1983), among many others, reflect daily life in and around the city from recognizable cityscapes and private domestic scenes to abstract works that reveal interior lives through the act of making.

Exhibition curator: Steffi Ibis Duarte, assistant curator, Self-Taught Genius Gallery

Installation photos by Olya Vysotskaya


Exhibition-Related Programs

Archives Discovery Time
Midday Art Break
Tiny Folk Tour
Drink & Draw
Midday Art Break
Small Folk Story Hour


Images: Roseland; Malcah Zeldis (b. 1931); New York City; 1977; oil on canvas; 30 x 40 in.; gift of the artist, 1978.7.1. Photo by John Parnell.

Log Cabin Throw, Light-and-Dark Variation; Harriet Rutter Eagleson (1855–1950); New York City; 1875–1880; silk and cotton; 57 3/4 x 57 3/4 in.; gift of Miss. Jessica R. Eagleson, 1979.18.1. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.  

Two Yeshiva Boys; Harry Lieberman (1880–1983); Great Neck, New York; 1976; acrylic on canvas; 19 1/4 x 15 in.; gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Walbolt, 1985.38.1. Photo by John Parnell.

Iceman Crucified #3; Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997); New York City; 1956; oil on canvas; 48 3/4 x 37 3/4 in.; gift of Patricia L. and Maurice C. Thompson Jr., 1991.11.1. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

Empire State Building; artist unidentified; New Jersey; c. 1931; Cherry; 80 x 30 x 30 in.; museum purchase made possible through the generosity of the Briskin Family Fund in honor of Frank Maresca, 1999.3.1. Photo by John Parnell.

Centaur; Gregorio Marzán (1906–1997); Bronx, New York; 1980; paint and human-hair wig on papier-mâché, with clear and metallic tapes, and plastic on cardboard; 26 1/2 x 21 x 7 1/2 in.; gift of Gerard C. Wertkin, 2012.14.3. Photo by Adam Reich.

East River Waterfront; Joseph Fracarossi (1886–1970); New York City; 1958; oil on board; 17 3/4 x 24 3/4 in.; gift of Priscilla and Steven August, 2014.7.1. Photo by José Andrés Ramírez.

47-29 32nd Place
Long Island City, NY 11101

Map (click to enlarge):

Subway: 7 train to 33rd Street, walk 2 blocks
Bus: Q32, Q39, Q60


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.