Exhibition - Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art

American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10023

Columbus Avenue, between West 65th Street & West 66th Street

(212) 595-9533



Event Dates

Mar 22, 2019

Mar 29, 2019

Apr 05, 2019

Apr 12, 2019

Apr 19, 2019

Apr 26, 2019

May 03, 2019

May 10, 2019

May 17, 2019

May 24, 2019

May 31, 2019

Jun 07, 2019

Jun 14, 2019

Jun 21, 2019

Jun 28, 2019

Jul 05, 2019

Jul 12, 2019

Jul 19, 2019

Jul 26, 2019


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American Folk Art Museum

Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre that reflected local tastes, traditions, and needs. In fact, many of the objects that have been associated with the heartland were manufactured and used in New York City by artists and artisans who, in the tradition of self-taught artists around the world, learned their skills by joining family businesses, apprenticing to masters, or by teaching themselves the expertise needed to produce those pieces that we now consider among the core expressions of American folk art. Around 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives simultaneously: “The Art of Business” portrays the people and places that were part of the city’s thrumming commercial life, and “The Business of Art” highlights the diverse mediums and formats used by the artists, artisans, and manufacturers. The exhibition draws on the collections of a number of New York City museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, The New-York Historical Society, and historical societies and museums in all five boroughs, as well as private collections. Curator: Elizabeth V. Warren