The American Folk Art Museum is grateful for the attention and support of our friends, loyal followers, and those who are checking us out in light of recent news. MoMA’s decision to tear down the former home of the American Folk Art Museum has resulted in a number of articles, some of which have implied that the American Folk Art Museum itself is being demolished. This could not be further from the truth!
Thanks to the generous support of Joyce Cowin and other trustees and supporters, the American Folk Art Museum has an energetic, creative, and vibrant future. We remain grateful for the purchase of the building by our good neighbor, the Museum of Modern Art; the sale of the building was a necessary step for our resurgence. We are also deeply sympathetic to our friends Billie Tsien and Tod Williams as they face the destruction of a building of which we were all proud. The American Folk Art Museum, however, lives on! We are actively achieving our mission through exhibitions and programs at our Lincoln Square location and other venues throughout the city, the country, and the world.
For a balanced view of the Museum’s situation and prospects, please continue to browse this website as well as Robin Pogrebin’s April 2 article in the New York Times.
To see just how vibrant we are, we invite you to visit the Museum tomorrow, at 2 Lincoln Square, and to stay for the liveliness of our weekly Free Music Fridays program.
Thank you all for your attention and support.
The Board of Trustees and staff of the American Folk Art Museum
Image: Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog, Ammi Phillips (1788–1865), vicinity of Amenia, New York, 1830–1835, oil on canvas, 30 x 25″, American Folk Art Museum, gift of Ralph Esmerian, 2001.37.1. Photo by John Parnell.