The American Folk Art Museum

30 Sep

There have been news reports recently that The American Folk Art Museum here in New York City might shut down.

It’s been having problems – moving to a smaller location at Lincoln Center, suffering budget cuts, staff cuts and lower than expected attendance.

But, thankfully, according to this article in the New York Times, the museum will stay open.

Come on people – we need to support this museum! I’ve written about it before, but it’s time to champion this place again!

It’s FREE to attend – and although it’s small, it’s well worth a visit.

Heck, the gift shop alone is worth a walk through every so often!

I purchased a lovely bracelet for a friend, and ended up liking it so much, I bought one for myself.

Many of the items in the gift shop are clever, folk art pieces, such as this:

The current exhibit, through December of this year, is “Super Stars” – all about Quilts.

From their website:

Quiltmakers have always sought inspiration from the world around them, introducing the outdoors into the domestic interior through bedcovers that may reflect the colors of the landscape, the imagery of flowers in a garden, or animal and insect life. Stars, some of the most important elements of the natural world, are also a beloved and enduring motif in American quilts. Stars appeared in pieced bedcovers as early as the 18th century and remain popular with quilt artists today. Their ethereal light has guided nighttime travelers on sea and on land; their faraway presence has become the stuff of dreams when pieced, appliquéd, or embroidered into the form of a quilt. These associations are explored in the exhibition “Super Stars,” which highlights the dazzling diversity of this variable pattern in more than one hundred years of quilt artistry.”

So, now’s the time. The museum is staying open, but it needs our support.

Go check it out! You’ll be glad that you did – and, so will the good folks at the museum.





4 Responses to “The American Folk Art Museum”

  1. Johnny D September 30, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Those quilts are bee-yoo-ti-full!

    • sallanscorner October 1, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      They REALLY are amazing – even if you’re not a “quilt person”, the hand process that goes into them is astounding.

  2. Ellen Girone September 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    When I’m ready I DEFINITELY want to go. I love AFA ever since seeing Ma and Pa Kettle ‘s picture as a kid.

    • sallanscorner October 1, 2011 at 8:37 am #

      Let me know – I’d love to go with you! xoxo

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