About the Museum
Installation View of the Exhibition, Vestiges and Verse. Photo by Oyla Vysotskaya.
The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the creative expressions of self-taught artists, past and present in New York City.
Since 1961 the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. As a center of scholarship and by showcasing the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training, the museum considers the historical, social, and artistic context of American culture. Its collection includes more than seven thousand artworks dating from the eighteenth century to the present, from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of mediums.
(Museum Exterior Photo by Gavin Ashworth. All photos © the American Folk Art Museum)