American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square
The American Folk Art Museum is one of the leading institutions dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of folk art. From 18th and 19th century paintings, quilts, and sculptures to the dynamic work of contemporary self-taught artists, the museum... more
The American Folk Art Museum is one of the leading institutions dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of folk art. From 18th and 19th century paintings, quilts, and sculptures to the dynamic work of contemporary self-taught artists, the museum’s extraordinary collection reveals the spectrum of American expression. The museum believes that "folk art captures the heart of American culture. It speaks to diversity of heritage and shared national experience, individual creativity and community values." The museum's collection of more than 4,000 artworks span three centuries of American visual expression, from unflinching portraits, dazzling quilts, and muscular weathervanes to potent works by contemporary self-taught artists in a variety of mediums. Aside from frequent special exhibitions, the Museum offers two permanent collections: The Contemporary Center Formed in 1997, the center is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of works by 20th- and 21st-century self-taught artists. Of particular note is the Henry Darger Study Center of the American Folk Art Museum. The center is guided by a belief that self-taught artists, with special reference to those highly gif... more
The American Folk Art Museum is one of the leading institutions dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of folk art. From 18th and 19th century paintings, quilts, and sculptures to the dynamic work of contemporary self-taught artists, the museum’s extraordinary collection reveals the spectrum of American expression.

The museum believes that "folk art captures the heart of American culture. It speaks to diversity of heritage and shared national experience, individual creativity and community values." The museum's collection of more than 4,000 artworks span three centuries of American visual expression, from unflinching portraits, dazzling quilts, and muscular weathervanes to potent works by contemporary self-taught artists in a variety of mediums.

Aside from frequent special exhibitions, the Museum offers two permanent collections:

The Contemporary Center
Formed in 1997, the center is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of works by 20th- and 21st-century self-taught artists. Of particular note is the Henry Darger Study Center of the American Folk Art Museum. The center is guided by a belief that self-taught artists, with special reference to those highly gifted individuals who are identified with the field of art brut or "outsider" art, have created a powerful and moving but frequently unacknowledged body of work that is essential to a full understanding of the art and culture of the world.

Permanent Collection
Houses many examples of notable self-taught artists and outsider art. In particular, works by Henry Darger, Howard Finster, John Bell and others.

Also on permanent display at the AFAM is the The National Tribute Quilt. The quilt represents the response of the Steel Quilters of United States Steel Corporation to the events of September 11, 2001. This small quilt club conceived the monumental undertaking, ultimately receiving quilt blocks from all fifty states as well as Canada, Spain, Australia, and Denmark. The quilt measures eight feet high by 30 feet wide, and is constructed of 3,466 blocks in six panels. The four central panels form a montage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center against the New York City skyline. These are flanked by panels dedicated to the lives extinguished on the four flights and at the Pentagon. Each three-inch-square block bears the name of one person who perished in the disaster.

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2 Lincoln Square
New York, NY 10019
(222) 595-9533
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Tue-Thur: 11:30am-7:00pm
Fri: 12:00-7:30pm
Sat: 11:30am-7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm–6:00pm

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  • to 66th Street-Lincoln Center

Upcoming Events

Free Music Fridays

Each Friday, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore the galleries free of charge, have a refreshment in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium.

02/03/2023 05:30 PM
Fri, February 03
5:30PM
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Free Music Fridays

Each Friday, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore the galleries free of charge, have a refreshment in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium.

02/10/2023 05:30 PM
Fri, February 10
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Free Music Fridays

Each Friday, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore the galleries free of charge, have a refreshment in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium.

02/17/2023 05:30 PM
Fri, February 17
5:30PM
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Free Music Fridays

Each Friday, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore the galleries free of charge, have a refreshment in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium.

02/24/2023 05:30 PM
Fri, February 24
5:30PM
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free

Free Music Fridays

Each Friday, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore the galleries free of charge, have a refreshment in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium.

03/03/2023 05:30 PM
Fri, March 03
5:30PM
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Did you know that quilts comprise one of the largest sub-collections within the Museum’s holdings? Ahead of our upcoming quilts exhibition on March 17, you can browse through our website to see hundreds of beautifully made textiles in the collection. ⬇️
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One of the most technically challenging star quilts are those that feature a single large star blazing across the expanse of the textile. Precision in cutting and assembling multiple diamond patches is typically essential to the success of this type of quilt.
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RT @mlobelart: The dynamically playful patterning of mid-20th-century self-taught artist Morris Hirshfield, from a @FolkArtMuseum show that… Fri at 11:53 PM

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