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Highlights from the museum’s permanent collection are on view in changing exhibitions. By appointment only. To schedule a visit, please contact


Signature Styles: Friendship, Album, and Fundraising Quilts

By its nature, the signature quilt is meant to be read not only as a whole but also square by square. Although the form is known by various names—including friendship, album, and fundraising quilts—what all of these types share in common is the composite nature of the quilting project, in which individual signed blocks have been brought together to form a larger design. Often a group undertaking, each block was typically named for, and frequently made and/or paid for by, a different member of a community.

Signature Styles: Friendship, Album, and Fundraising Quilts is curated by Emelie Gevalt, curator of folk art, American Folk Art Museum.



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

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Subway: 7 train to 33rd Street, walk 2 blocks

Bus: Q32, Q39, Q60

The Self-Taught Genius Gallery invites visitors of all abilities to experience the museum’s permanent collection in an inclusive, welcoming environment. Visitors with mobility impairment should make an appointment so that access to the building’s freight elevator can be coordinated. To schedule an appointment, email, or call 212. 265. 0605. Lead time may be required.

Queens schools may book free, facilitated programs at the Self-Taught Genius Gallery. The gallery can accommodate up to 15 students per visit. To schedule a guided student tour, email


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


Image credit: Subway Riders (detail), Ralph Fasanella (1914–1997), New York City, 1950, oil on canvas, 28 x 60 in., American Folk Art Museum, gift of Ralph and Eva Fasanella, 1995.8.1. 

Gallery photos by Andrew Piccone and Rachel Rosen.