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Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection

American Perspectives

This exhibition looks at the continuum of self-taught art across time and place from the earliest days of the founding of the United States to the present. Drawn entirely from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum, American Perspectives includes an extraordinary selection of paintings, sculpture, and other objects that demonstrates the diversity of American life and experiences. Each artwork is a powerful vehicle for storytelling, and this exhibition reveals the vital role folk art plays as a witness to history, marker of cultural heritage, and a reflection of the world at large through the eyes, heart, and mind of an artist. Looking at nationhood, freedom, immigration, opportunity, and legacy, this is the first presentation of folk art in the Frick's history.
Program Information

American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection

Dates: October 15, 2022 - January 8, 2023
Location: The Frick Art Museum

This exhibition has been organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, with support provided by Art Bridges. 

Originally curated for installation at the American Folk Art Museum, February 11, 2020–January 3, 2021, by Stacy C. Hollander, Independent Curator. Tour coordinated by Emelie Gevalt, Curator of Folk Art, the American Folk Art Museum.



Above: John Van Reed Evans Homestead and Farmscape (detail). John Rasmussen (1828–1895), Berks County, PA, c. 1879–1886. Oil on zinc-plated tin. 26 3/8 x 35 3/8 in. Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York. Gift of Ralph Esmerian, 2005.8.15. Photo © 2000 John Bigelow Taylor.

Exhibitions landing page: Mother Sister May Have Sat in That Chair When She Lived in This House Before Me (detail). Jean-Marcel St. Jacques (b. 1972). New Orleans, Louisiana. 2014. Reclaimed wood, nails, and antique hardware on plywood. 84 x 96 in. Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York. Gift of Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, LLC, 2014.18.2. Photo courtesy of American Folk Art Museum.

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