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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. Generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the new gallery 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.

Holding Space: The Museum Collects
March 5–July 5, 2018

The second exhibition at the Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City is Holding Space: The Museum Collects, a show of recent acquisitions by the American Folk Art Museum. With more than forty works on view, the exhibition shows the breadth of folk art and the depth of the museum’s collecting, with work from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries. Paintings, furniture, salt-glazed ceramics, sculpture, and works on paper are included in the exhibition. Among the artists whose work are shown are Sheldon Peck (1797–1868), Ammi Phillips (1788–1865), Thornton Dial Sr. (1928–2016), Elizabeth Layton (1909–1993), Ronald Lockett (1965–1998), Brent Green (b. 1978), and David K. Livingston (1845–1940).

Holding Space: The Museum Collects is curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo, assistant curator of the Self-Taught Genius Gallery.



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

Adult groups of 10 or more are required to book a self-guided appointment in advance. To book a self-guided appointment, email

For groups with 10 or more who would like to book a private, guided tour, email 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, 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.