Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Last December I visited the American Folk Art Museum in NYC.  It was, predictably, full of wonders.  Here are a few:

Isn't the composition extraordinary?  It looks effortless, but I know I couldn't do that if I tried.  I don't think I have the improvisational gene.

The story behind the second quilt, if I recall correctly: the maker was fired from her job for exercising her newly-gained right to vote, and as a way to work through her emotions, stitched a series of FREEDOM quilts.  She made this one in the 1980s.

A Vivian Girl by Henry Darger.  I was disappointed to have just missed the big Darger exhibit.  If you are unfamiliar with his work, you can view it here (via American Folk Art Museum) or see it animated in the documentary In the Realms of the Unreal.  If you've never heard of Darger: he was a recluse, a custodian, a self-taught artist and writer whose beautifully illustrated, thousands-of-pages-long epic tale of the Vivian Girls was discovered on his deathbed.

American Folk Art Museum, I'll be back some day.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I had never heard of him. Reason #326 to go to the American Folk Art Museum (never been but it's on my list).


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