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Exhibition March 15 − July 28, 2019

Made in New York: the business of folk art

American Museum of Popular Art presents an exhibition "Made in New York: The Business of Folk Art".

Folk art flourished in the heart of New York since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre reflecting local tastes, traditions and needs.

In fact, many of the objects of folk art were made in New York by artists and artisans who, in the best traditions of self-taught artists all over the world, learned their skills by joining family businesses, learning by craftsmen or independently.

About 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story of New York as the center of America’s financial and commercial world at the same time from two points of view: “The art of business” depicts people and places that were part of the turbulent commercial life of the city, and “Business of Art” identifies a variety of environments and formats used by artists, artisans and manufacturers.

The exhibition includes exhibits of a number of New York museums, including the American Museum of Popular Art, New York Historical Society, and other as well as private collections.

Based on the materials of the official site American Museum of Folk Art.