Highlights from the museum’s permanent collection are always on view in changing exhibitions. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free.
The new Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City launches with a selection of icons from the landmark exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, which toured nationally from 2014 to 2017. Generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, both the new gallery and the namesake exhibition shows folk and self-taught art from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries drawn from the museum’s collection of more than 8,000 works of art.
Highlights from Self-Taught Genius is cocurated by Stacy C. Hollander, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator, and Director of Exhibitions, and Dr. Valérie Rousseau, Curator, Art of the Self-Taught and Art Brut, both of the American Folk Art Museum.
The exhibition catalog, Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, is available to purchase at the new gallery and online from the Museum Shop.
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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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult groups of 10 or more are required to book a self-guided appointment in advance. To book a self-guided appointment, email email@example.com.
For groups with 10 or more who would like to book a private, guided tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees will apply.
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.
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.