District News

New Exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum

Jan 29, 2018
Now through Sunday, May 27, 2018, patrons can step into the personal and intricate worlds woven by contemporary artists with the new exhibit, Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic. From the world of girl refugees crafted from the mind of Henry Darger to James Edward Deeds' drawing from his stay at a mental institution, there is so much to uncover narratively through this exhibition. 
 
This collection unites more than two hundred and fifty works by twenty-one seminal and recently discovered self-taught artists, who will be introduced for the first time through the exhibit. The pieces on display will allow patrons to delve into the idiosyncratic structures of each artist's lifelong, intricate narratives, and uncover how each of the artist's pieces relates to one another within the narrative context.
Rare manuscripts, series of drawings, illustrated notebooks with coded texts, expanding cartography, journals, and multi-part collages will provide an art historical and pluridisciplinary perspective on the mechanisms behind visual storytelling.
 
The American Folk Art Museum is located at 2 Lincoln Square on Columbus Ave, between 65th and 66th Streets. Admission to the museum is free. 
 
Photo credit: Henry Darger, detail of 106. AT SUNBEAM CREEK