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Virtual Insights: (Re)Turning the Gaze

Join us for a conversation with curators Karen Patterson, Ka-Man Tse, Sophie Hackett, and exhibition curator Valérie Rousseau as they explore notions of the gaze in works by both contemporary photographers and artists from the museum exhibition PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch a recording of this program online here.



Virtual Insights: Winds of Change | A Conversation on Art, Ecocriticism, Agriculture, and Our Changing Climate

Join us for an interdisciplinary and intersectional dialogue on art, agriculture, and environmentalism with scholars, artists, a farmer, and a policymaker.



Virtual Insights: Objects of Desire

How do we understand photographs in PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme & Compagnie that range from the suggestive to the sexually explicit? Curators Brian Wallis, Joel Smith, and Nelson Santos will unpack varied visual expressions of desire, sexuality, and gender expansiveness and discuss how these and other concerns inform works featured in this exhibition and others.

6:00 – 7:30 PM ET

Watch a recording of this program online here.


Virtual Insights: Weathervanes in Context

Join us for a conversation on weathervanes and exhibition-making with Curator of Folk Art Emelie Gevalt and acclaimed folk art scholar and curator Robert Shaw.



A Message from the Director and CEO, Jason T. Busch

Read a seasonal message from Museum Director and CEO, Jason T. Busch

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Virtual Insights: The Imagined Worlds of Marwencol with Jon Ronson and Mark Hogancamp

Best-selling author Jon Ronson joins exhibition curator Valérie Rousseau to explore self-taught artist Mark Hogancamp’s unique photographic practice and documentation of Marwencol, a miniature, hand-built fantasy world constructed by Hogancamp in his backyard in upstate New York. Hogancamp also joins the conversation to discuss his latest work.

Watch a recording of this program online here.

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET


Virtual Insights: In the Studio with Brooklyn Metal Works

Join us behind the scenes to discover techniques and traditions of historical and contemporary metalsmithing with Brooklyn Metal Works. Artists, metalsmiths, and studio co-founders Erin S. Daily and Brian Weissman will discuss metalworking methods, share demos, and reflect on historic vanes featured in the Museum’s current exhibition American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds.



Signature Styles: Friendship, Album, and Fundraising Quilts

At the Self-Taught Genius Gallery (temporarily closed)
Long Island City, Queens

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.

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Post-Dubuffet: Self-Taught Art in the Twenty-First Century—SOLD OUT

Curators, scholars, and artist come together in this symposium to examine the current state of self-taught art. Speakers will include Maxwell L. Anderson, Edward M. Gómez, Massimiliano Gioni, Jane Kallir, Randall Morris, Barbara Safarova, and Valérie Rousseau, symposium chair and curator at the American Folk Art Museum.