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Celebrating Self-Taught Genius: The American Folk Art Museum in New York City

Jason Busch, Director, American Folk Art Museum

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Established in 1961, the American Folk Art Museum is the nation’s premier institution in acquiring, exhibiting, publishing, and promoting self-taught art across time and place. The museum is currently celebrating milestone anniversaries with 30 years at its location at Lincoln Square in Manhattan and 60 years since its establishment. This lecture will provide a survey of the museum from collections to programs, past to present, with a view to its future and that of folk art internationally. 

Photos courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum.

Ammi Phillips, Girl in the Red Dress

Ammi Phillips, Girl in the Red Dress

Spangenberg Bible, Pennsylvania German Fraktur

Spangenberg Bible, Pennsylvania German Fraktur


175 At Jennie Richee. Everything is allright though storm continues., (Detail) Henry Darger

175 At Jennie Richee. Everything is allright though storm continues., (Detail) Henry Darger