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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 or 212. 265. 0605.


A Piece of Yourself: Gift Giving in Self-Taught Art
July 22, 2019–January 10, 2020

Gifts are present at all of life’s great milestones: births, birthdays, weddings, and all of the little occasions in between. A Piece of Yourself: Gift Giving in Self-Taught Art is dedicated to exploring the interconnection between gift-giving practices in the United States and self-taught art through a selection of works from the museum’s collection. Self-taught art—an inherent expression of its maker’s views—complicates standard gift-giving dynamics by presenting a one-of-a-kind artwork instead of an everyday commodity.

A Piece of Yourself: Gift Giving in Self-Taught Art is curated by Steffi Duarte, 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 and Rachel Rosen.