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27 Oct 2021

American Folk Art Museum Announces Expansion of Visitor Hours and the Return of In-Person Programs

(New York, October 27, 2021) The American Folk Art Museum announced today that it will be open six days a week beginning Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Its operating hours will continue to be 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Museum’s updated hours coincide with the final weeks of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds, as well as the return of select in-person programs, and the launch of The Museum Shop’s holiday gift offerings. As ever, admission to the Museum is free. 

Exhibitions

American Weathervanes explores the weathervane as a form of art, design, and public sculpture. This critically acclaimed exhibition has been the subject of positive appraisals in The Wall Street Journal, The Art Newspaper, Architectural Digest and was recently featured on Thirteen’s NYC-ARTS. Also on view is Six Decades Collecting Self-Taught Art, which includes works of art from the Audrey B. Heckler collection. Both exhibitions are presented through January 2, 2022.

Holiday Shopping at the Museum

The Museum Shop has everything you need to add artistic flair to the 2021 holiday season, including charming ornaments, beautiful greeting cards, crowd-pleasing decorations, and more. Find meaningful and unique gifts for all ages and occasions, in addition to art books and accessories.  

Programs

Select in-person programs and exhibition tours will resume in November. On November 3 and December 1, enjoy jazz standards from the American Songbook with guitarist Bill Wurtzel and Jay Leonhart on the Museum’s Plaza. On November 5, join a free tour of American Weathervanes. And on November 17, learn about the surfaces and technical analysis of weathervanes from conservation scientist Dr. Jennifer L. Mass during an exhibition walkthrough. The Museum is also offering private, guided tours of exhibitions for adult and school groups.  

In addition to the above activities, the Museum will continue its groundbreaking virtual programs. Highlights in November include Families and Folk Art: All About Animals!, Virtual Insights: Exposed to the Elements, Digital Drink + Draw: Creatures, and Free Music Fridays: Facebook Live. In December, artist and collector Brian Donnelly (a.k.a KAWS) joins Senior Curator Valérie Rousseau to take a closer look into the artist’s vivid interest in the work of self-taught artists. For more information on these and other upcoming programs, please visit the Museum’s website

Visitor Guidelines

All visitors ages 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are required. ⁠More information on what visitors can expect is available on the Museum’s website. All visitors must have a ticket prior to entering the Museum’s galleries and are asked to reserve in advance. Admission is always free.

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About the American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum engages people of all backgrounds through its collections, exhibitions, publications, and programs as the leading forum shaping the understanding and appreciation of folk and self-taught art across time and place. The Museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021.