New York apartments are a great alternative to high priced NYC hotels!
Visit New York apartments in the summer or winter and enjoy the magical city of New York
American Folk Art Museum
THE ARTIST AND HIS MODEL (fragment)
Morris Hirshfield (1872 - 1946)
Brooklyn, New York
Oil on canvas
44 x 34 in.AND HIS MODEL
The American Folk Art Museum is the leading center for the study and enjoyment of American folk art, as well as the work of international self-taught artists. It is located at 45 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in Midtown Manhattan (New York City, USA).
The museum was founded on June 23, 1961, and opened its doors to the public for the first time on September 27, 1963, in the rented parlor floor of a townhouse at 49 West 53rd Street. In 1979, the museum purchased two townhouses adjacent to 49 West 53rd Street. While plans for a development of these properties were being devised, the institution continued to present its exhibitions in the rented gallery until 1984, when it opened facilities in a former carriage house at 125 West 55th Street. That building, however, was razed just two years later, leaving the museum without galleries of its own for almost four years. During that time, the institution continued to organize a full schedule of exhibitions and educational programs, utilizing public spaces and corporate galleries, and offered an extensive traveling exhibition program to museums throughout the country. In 1989, exhibition facilities at 2 Lincoln Square, opposite Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, were opened.
Diversity in programming became a growing emphasis for the institution in the 1990s. Major presentations of African American and Latino artworks became a regular feature of the museum's exhibition schedule and permanent collection. In 1998, the formation of the Contemporary Center was announced, a division of the museum that is devoted entirely to the work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century self-taught artists, as well as non-American artworks in the tradition of European art brut. Within a short time, the Contemporary Center established a leadership role in this field. In 2001, the Center announced the acquisition of twenty-four works by Chicago artist Henry Darger, as well as a huge archival collection of Darger's books, tracings, drawings, and source materials, which combined now form the basis of the Henry Darger Study Center.
As the collection and the reputation of the museum continued to mature, so did the effort to develop a permanent home. It was determined that the museum would erect a 30,000-square-foot, eight-level structure on the 45 and 47 West 53rd Street lots, to be designed by the internationally recognized firm of Tod Williams & Billie Tsien. This building was inaugurated on December 11, 2001.
During the more than four decades of growth and development, the museum has enlarged its mission and extended the purview of its interests. Known initially as the Museum of Early American Folk Arts and concerned principally with the vernacular arts of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America, especially of the Atlantic Northeast, the institution adopted a simpler but more inclusive name in 1966: the Museum of American Folk Art. As an expression of a further extension of mission, the institution chose its current name, American Folk Art Museum, in 2001. Recognizing that American folk art could be fully understood only in an international context, the word American functions as an indication of the museum's location, emphasis, and principal patronage rather than as a limitation on the kinds of art it collects, interprets, or presents.
In 2007, it was among over 530 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
American Folk Art Museum
45 West 53rd Street
New York NY 10019
47th-50th Streets, Rockefeller Center
5th Avenue/53rd Street
1, 2, 3, 4 along 5th Avenue
5, 6, 7 along 6th Avenue / Avenue of the Americas
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:30am - 5:30pm
Friday: 10:30am - 7:30pm
Children under 12: FREE
Friday after 5:30: FREE
Cheap New York apartments at great prices is our specialty
New York Apartments are a great alternative to overpriced hotels!
Apartamentos En Nueva York | Apartments New York City | Appartement NYC | New York Appartement
New York City Appartements | New York Holiday Apartments | New York Vacation Apartment | Short Term Apartments New York
Copyright © 2013 New-York-City-Apartments.net. All Right Reserved