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Spring forward? Why not set your clock back 160 years and experience the work of a painter hailed in the New York Times as a “professional artist of extraordinary versatility, resourcefulness and democratic sensibility”? Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed, organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, features the surprising range of William Matthew Prior’s portraits, some of which feature the abstract aesthetic of folk portraiture—with stylized facial treatment, large areas of rich color, and props—while others are highly academic, with meticulously rendered and nuanced modeling of face and drapery. Prior has been known to collectors and scholars for more than a half century, and he continues to evade definition.  

Coupled with this sublimely revelatory exhibition is Women’s Studies, which offers portraits of a very different sort. Rather than simply recording the sitters as a document for posterity, in the manner of Prior, the works of art on view in this exhibiton pose the questions of gaze and intent, looking and being looked at.
Folk Art Reflections
Thursday, March 7, 2:30–3:30 pm

Folk Art Reflections is an interactive program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their family members or caregivers that brings the world of folk art to life through meaningful conversation. This discussion-driven program is facilitated by trained educators and is designed to create an environment where connections to art and to one another can be nurtured.

Museum admission and program are free.
Registration is required. Stools are provided.

Info/registration: 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or rrosen@folkartmuseum.org.

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Free Music Friday
Friday, March 22, 5:30–7:30 pm

Enjoy live music and a cash wine bar in the galleries each Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Admission is always free. Hosted by Lara Ewen, the March 22 lineup features acoustic folk from Scott Rudd, lyrically intense songwriting from Adam Day, and powerful vocal and guitar chops from Abby Ahmad. The Museum’s first Free Music Fridays CD will also be available for sale, and the 16-track compilation is only $5.00.


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Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions
On view through March 31
New York City has a rich history largely tied to its thriving harbor activities and developing urban environment. The American Folk Art Museum responds to this context through a lively sampling of artworks from the collection that speaks to both the romanticism and gritty realism of the seaport district.
Read the New York Times review
Watch the curatorial walk-thru on Channel 13’s NYC-ARTS

South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street (between Water and South Streets), New York City

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Make It Thursday
Thursday, March 14, 6–7:30 pm

Spend an evening blending teas, fruits, florals, spices, and herbs like a pro with Linda Villano, cofounder and owner of New York–based SerendipiTea. In the process you’ll learn about tea varieties and how they differ from tisanes—and you'll return home with your very own creations to share with friends and family.

Linda Villano founded SerendipiTea in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things tea, she oversees all aspects of the business, including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing, and product development (recipe creations). 

Free for museum members; $10 for non-members.
Includes refreshments and all materials. Space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online.

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Shop Highlight
Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed
By Jacquelyn Oak and Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw. Cooperstown, NY: Fenimore Art Museum, 2012. 64 pages, 56 images, softcover, 9 1/2 x 12 in.

The exhibition, organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, is on view at the American Folk Art Museum through May 26, 2013, and there are only a handful of these exhibition catalogs left.

regular price: $29.95
member price: $26.95

Mail order: 212. 595. 9533, ext. 124, or giftshop@folkartmuseum.org

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Reel Lives Documentaries
Thursday, April 18, 6–7 pm

Segundo Hogar by Hosbel Hernandez
Off the Deresch by Chana 
Burning Tibet by Jampal Tsering

In collaboration with Reel Lives, a non-profit youth media organization based in New York City, the American Folk Art Museum is hosting a special screening of three original documentaries followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. Reel Lives empowers youth to find their authentic voice through the medium of film. All projects stem from their own stories and are used to educate and advocate around human rights issues. 

Free, includes Q&A and reception. Space is limited—reservations encouraged.  

Info and RSVP: Rachel Rosen at 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or 

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