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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 10:57

The American Folk Art Museum Organizes Exhibition at the South Street Seaport Museum: Now on View

Henry Darger's "At Jullo Callio. And Again Escape... Henry Darger's "At Jullo Callio. And Again Escape... American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum barely avoided extinction last year when it was forced to sell its ill-suited building on West 53rd Street in Manhattan and retreat to its much smaller branch space at 2 Lincoln Square. Now it is modestly spreading it wings and trying to set more of its great collection before the public by collaborating with other institutions.

It has, for example, lent 14 works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its new American Wing galleries. Another fruit of this approach is the exuberant and wide-ranging “Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions,” a dense exhibition of nearly 200 works shoehorned into four galleries in the early-19th-century row houses that are now the home of the South Street Seaport Museum.

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