|Sunflowers Quilt, American Folk Art Museum|
Summer Folk Art
This June-September is packed with folk art exhibits. Many of them would make for a welcome addition to summer travel...
Folk art chronicles everyday life. In almost all cases, it does so without bravado or arrogance and is often a portrait of the ‘common’ life members of a society live. While some of the artists may be classically trained (as fine artists), many of them choose to create works based upon folkloric tradition. A bench, a wine barrel, or a weather vane are examples of functional items that become ornate under the care of a folk artist.
We have complied here a list of several current and upcoming exhibits that celebrate the multi-media forms folk art can take.
Spring Fling: Quilts from the Collection
Through June 5, 2016
American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York
This limited time display features master quilts from the museum’s renowned collection. The colorful selection includes Amish, stenciled, pieced, and appliquéd quilts, including a circa 19th century sunflower quilt.
Texas Folk Art
Through September 25, 2016
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
This exhibit of contemporary work features some of the state’s most original painters and sculptors. According to the museum, these artists unfettered by the conventions of academic training and traditional guidelines of art making are storytellers who use pictorial means to create animated narratives about working, playing, and worshipping in Texas.
Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia
Through March 2017
Cotsen Gallery, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This exhibit explore some of the ways in which people seek and secure blessings and good fortune in Asia, a vast and culturally diverse region. Presented are amulets, votive offerings, and ritual objects – objects with other-worldly, divine qualities. This multi-media show reveals the many ways Asian folk artists 'saw' deities, nature spirits, and other unseen forces.