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Bill Traylor, on display through September 22
This show firmly places Traylor’s art where it belongs, in a tradition of abbreviated figuration that runs the length of human existence and across all cultures, from cave paintings, through Cycladic and African sculpture and American Indian ledger drawings, to Paul Klee’s high-strung creatures and George Herriman’s Krazy Kat.
The magnitude of this exhibition reveals surprising oversights in critical reception of Traylor’s work in decades past. Though Traylor’s place in the pantheon of revered American artists seems assured, the usual characterizations of his oeuvre leave much unsaid—the Museum’s own “Traylor in Motion” brings an overlooked aspect of his work, kinesis, to the fore.
The former slave Bill Traylor is one of the best American artists. Ever. Wrongly labeled an “outsider,” the man behind this spine-and-retina-tingling show (more than 60 drawings) had one of the greatest graphic sensibilities of the twentieth century. 
—Jerry Saltz, New York, July 2013
Not just one of the most recognized self-taught artists in America, Traylor (1854–1949) is one of the finest artists of the 20th century, period. 
Howard Halle, Time Out New York, June 2013
now through September 22, 2013
“Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery. The exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The presentation of all three exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum is sponsored in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Ford Foundation, the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and Laura and Richard Parsons. Lectures and symposia are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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AFRICA, Karol Kozlowski (1885–1969)

Folk Art Reflections
Thursday, August 1, 2:30 pm
Folk Art Reflections is offered on the first Thursday of every month from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. This interactive program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and their family members or caregivers brings the world of folk art to life through meaningful conversation.
Free. Registration is required. Stools are provided, and those who arrive early are welcome to join us for light refreshments and socializing.
Information and registration: Rachel Rosen at 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or rrosen@folkartmuseum.org.
Three Children of Henry Joslen Carter, Ammi Phillips (1788–1865)

Masterworks: Ammi Phillips
Wednesday, August 7, 6 pm

The exhibition “Recent Gifts” highlights two new additions to the collection by the prolific nineteenth-century portrait painter Ammi Phillips (1788–1865). Stacy C. Hollander, chief curator and director of exhibitions, will use these early and late works by Phillips to illustrate his stylistic development over the course of more than fifty years.

Free. Organized by Lee Kogan.
Reservations: Rachel Rosen at  212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or rrosen@folkartmuseum.org.

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Rising Star Variation Quilt, Elsey A. Halstead (1830–1850)
The Rising Star Variation Quilt on view in “Recent Gifts” came to light as part of the New York Quilt Project, an effort organized by the American Folk Art Museum. Lee Kogan, curator emerita, will talk about the surprising results from tabulated questionnaires, photographs, and taped personal interviews, as well as museum archives study and examination of the quilts themselves.
Free. Organized by Lee Kogan.
Reservations: Rachel Rosen at  212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or rrosen@folkartmuseum.org.
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Families and Folk Art
Saturday, August 3, 1 pm
Families and Folk Art is offered the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 2 pm. The program introduces children ages 4 to 12 and their accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. 

Information: 212. 265. 1040, ext. 381, or familyprograms@folkartmuseum.org.
Tambourine Flower, Artist unidentified

Free Music Fridays
Friday, August 16, 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, our August 16 lineup features contemporary folk singer/songwriters Zoë SundraCaleb Caudle and Haley Dreis.

Wine is available for a $5.00 donation (free for members), and attendees may also purchase a copy of our Free Music Fridays CD. The 16-track compilation features some of our favorite series performers, and all proceeds go to support the Museum’s programs.

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TATTOO PATTERN BOOK, Artist unidentified

The 4th Cultural Audience Survey from NYC & Co.

We are participating in a citywide cultural study on the motivations and behaviors of cultural enthusiasts like you.
The results from the survey will help us better serve your needs, and the survey will only take a few minutes of your time. All your information will be kept confidential, and you will also get a chance to win one of two iPad minis.
To take the survey, simply click on this link:

American Folk Art Museum Survey
Thank you for your help!
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Upcoming events for September 2013:

Thursday, September 5, 6 pm:
Make It Thursday: Make a Dream Catcher!

Monday, September 16, 8:30—5:30 pm:
Full-Day Bill Traylor Symposium

Sunday, September 22:
Last day to see the Bill Traylor exhibitions and “Recent Gifts”

Wednesday, October 16:
Folk Couture Benefit Gala

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