December 2010 eNews

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We did it!

This summer, Laura & Richard Parsons and Lucy & Mike Danziger presented us with a challenge. Between them, they would match $375,000 in new and increased contributions to the museum. The support of museum friends and members was extraordinary—in only a few months, you helped us to meet the challenge, bringing $750,000 in new funds.

But we are not stopping there. With the help of friends like you we can keep this momentum going. Be a part of the excitement by considering a fully tax-deductible gift. And remember, gifts received by December 31 will benefit your 2010 taxes. Visit our website today at

Plan a visit this December to the American Folk Art Museum!

As a member, you’ll receive complimentary admission for up to three accompanying guests during Folk Art Friends Week, Saturday, December 11, to Friday, December 17.

And stop by the museum’s Book and Gift Shop (at the 53rd Street or Lincoln Square Branch locations) for your holiday shopping to take advantage of your 20% member discount.

Not a member? Click here to join today!


Perspectives: Forming the Figure (through August 2011)

The idea of character is thematically relevant to a deeper exploration of traditional folk art and the work of contemporary self-taught artists, a far-reaching field that pervades a broad spectrum of American culture and reflects many different communities. This exhibition, the second installment of the “Perspectives” series organized by the museum’s education department, examines some of the many facets of figure in works from the permanent collection. More >

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (through October 9, 2011)

“Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: ‘Freelance Artist—Poet and Sculptor—Inovator—Arrow maker and Plant man—Bone artifacts constructor—Photographer and Architect—Philosopher’” focuses on the formal leitmotifs of leaves and floral patterns as organizing principles in Von Bruenchenhein’s multidisciplinary oeuvre. More >

Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum (Part I: through April 24, 2011; Part II: May 10–October 16, 2011)

Part I of this exhibition launched the Year of the Quilt, the museum’s celebration of a glorious American art form and the creative contributions of three centuries of talented women. Highlighting textile masterpieces in the collection, the presentations include recent gifts, bedcovers that have rarely been on view, and important cornerstones of the museum’s comprehensive quilt holdings. More >

Super Stars: Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum (through September 25, 2011, at the museum’s Branch Location at 2 Lincoln Square)

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. 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. More >

Upcoming Programs & Events
Exhibition Tours
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm

All tours and gallery programs are open to the public and free with museum admission. Info: 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or

For a full calendar of tours and gallery programs, click here.
Note: There is no gallery tour on Tuesday, December 28.

Alzheimer′s Program: Folk Art Reflections
Thursdays, December 2 and 16, 2-3:30 pm

The museum is pleased to offer Folk Art Reflections, interactive and discussion-based programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their family members or caregivers. Twice every month, museum educators and docents explore a different theme or artist with the participants, bringing the world of folk art to life through conversation.

Info/registration: 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381. Registration required. Museum admission and program are free. Folk Art Reflections is offered the first and third Thursday of every month.

Families and Folk Art: Familiar Faces
Saturday, December 4, 1-2:30 pm

Families and Folk Art introduces children ages 4 to 12 and their accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. This month, spend time with portraits in the galleries and get to know some of the many faces of folk art. Discover how artists use several different techniques and materials to create images of people. Families will create their own portraits to take home.

Info: 212. 265. 1040, ext. 148, or Free with museum admission. Families and Folk Art is offered the first Saturday of every month. Note: There is no program in January 2011.

100% Folk
Friday, December 10, 8–11 pm

Presented by the museum′s Young Patrons, this event will have DJs spinning sets in the stunning atrium while guests enjoy an open bar of specialty cocktails and the current exhibitions. Proceeds support museum exhibitions and programming. For more info and to order tickets, click here.

The American Antiques Show
January 20–23, 2011

This annual benefit for the museum features 300 years of great American design: folk art, furniture, fine and decorative arts, jewelry, ceramics, silver, American arts and crafts, and American Indian art. Special programming includes tours, a day trip to a private collection, and appraisals.

Gala Benefit Preview: January 19

For complete details, visit the TAAS website:

Folk Art Fun

Collection Highlight

During the nineteenth century, occasions for members of a community to come together were as varied as the nature of their living circumstances, and were different still for men and for women. Relationships within the social network in cities, where the population was dense and transient, was not the same as that in established rural communities in New England, widely scattered homesteads in the West, or plantations in the South. The type of quilt shown here represents a gesture of friendship from many members of a community to one of its own and was often made on the occasion of an engagement or marriage or as a gift when a beloved member of a community moved away. Quiltmaking afforded a traditional opportunity for women to gather in a communal act: this was enhanced when the quilt was a participatory project intended for presentation to a friend or neighbor. More >

Shop Highlight
Folk T-Shirt

Celebrate folk art with the museum’s new logo T-shirt. The shirt features the word “FOLK” in a striking white graphic design on 100 percent black cotton. Sizes available: Adult S–2XL.

Regular price: $12.00
Member price: $9.60
SKU: X18101

To order, please call 212. 265. 1040, ext. 124.

Folk Art Challenge

Thanks to everyone who entered November’s Folk Art Fun contest and our apologizes for not announcing the winner of October′s challenge, Jo Farb Hernández, who correctly identified Lake Elsinore as the desert town where John Serl painted his most celebrated works. A second congratulations to our November winner, Gary Rosborough. The full name of the artist that painted the portrait of Amelia and Eliza Danner is Johann Adam Bernhard Jacob Maentel.

This month’s challenge: In the nineteenth century, cobalt, used to embellish this stoneware jug, was expensive and somewhat difficult to control; elaborate designs were clear indications of cost and status. The word “cobalt” is derived from the German word Kobold, a nod to the poisonous fumes this arsenic compound emits upon smelting. What is the meaning of the German word?

To win a copy of Painted Saws/Jacob Kass, e-mail your answer to Elizabeth Kingman at, with “Folk Art Fun” in the subject line.

Teleflora and the American Folk Art Museum

This sparkling Mercury Glass Bowl is from Teleflora’s exclusive Flowers-in-a-Gift collection. Inspired by works in the museum′s collection, it’s a keepsake to treasure. With the purchase of every bouquet or centerpiece featuring the mercury glass pedestal bowl, Teleflora will make a donation to the museum. Visit to order yours today!

LEAVES and FLOWERS / Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983) / Milwaukee / c. 1940s–1970s / clay and paint on clay / various dimensions / collection of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz / photo by Gavin Ashworth

(detail) / Consuelo “Chelo” González Amézcua (1903–1975) / Del Rio, Texas / 1962 / ballpoint pen on paper / 28 x 22 in. / American Folk Art Museum, Blanchard-Hill Collection, gift of M. Anne Hill and Edward V. Blanchard Jr., 1998.10.1 / photo by Gavin Ashworth

UNTITLED (detail) / Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910–1983) / Milwaukee / c. 1940s–mid-1950s / gelatin silver print / 10 x 8 in. / American Folk Art Museum, gift of Lewis and Jean Greenblatt, 2000.1.4 / photo by Gavin Ashworth

HARLEQUIN MEDALLION QUILT (detail) / artist unidentified / New England / 1800–1820 / glazed wool / 87 x 96 in. / American Folk Art Museum, gift of Cyril Irwin Nelson in loving memory of his grandparents John Williams and Sophie Anna Macy, 1984.33.1 / photo by Matt Hoebermann

STAR OF BETHLEHEM WITH SATELLITE STARS QUILT (detail) / artist unidentified / possibly Pennsylvania / 1930–1950 / cotton and blends / 81 1/4 x 81 in. / American Folk Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Danziger, 1985.4.1

PLAYING CARDS / Clementine Hunter (1886/87–1988) / Natchitoches, Louisiana / 1970 / oil on canvas board / 18 x 24 in. / American Folk Art Museum, gift of the Mildred Hart Bailey/Clementine Hunter Art Trust, 1996.1.2 / photo by Gavin Ashworth

SURPRISE QUILT PRESENTED TO MARY A. GROW / various quiltmakers / Plymouth, Michigan / 1856 / cotton with ink and embroidery / 87 x 82 1/2 in. / American Folk Art Museum, gift in memory of Margaret Trautwein Stoddard and her daughter, Eleanor Stoddard Seibold, 2003.2.1 / photo by Gavin Ashworth

JUG / J. & E. Norton / Bennington, Vermont / 1850–1859 / stoneware with cobalt decoration / 13 1/2 in. high / American Folk Art Museum purchase with funds provided by Bristol-Meyers and Acquisition Fund, 1992.8.1

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