Recently read in the Etsy forums:“Please. Someone, everyone, do something to save the American Folk Art Museum from dissolution and dispersal,” begged art critic Roberta Smith in the opening line of her plea in The New York Times last week.
I was unaware that the American Folk Art Museum was in trouble . . . it is the most awesome place I have ever visited! How can we let it fall and disappear? Apparently, it has been rescued . . . but for how long? We need to do something to preserve and protect our folk art heritage!
The article goes on:Having narrowly escaped financial ruin by selling off one of its two locations, the future of New York City’s American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), whose staff of 50 has dwindled to 10, has been bleak. Fortunately, within a few days of Smith’s article, donors came through and saved the museum at the last minute. AFAM is still in critical condition — the road to recovery will involve internal restructuring and, presumably, a massive media campaign to attract visitors. The case of AFAM is just more evidence proving how over time, the words “folk” and “craft” have developed a negative connotation, often marginalized and excluded from high art.
(note the gorgeous photo of all those red and white quilts hung for a show!)
Who would have ever thought that folk art would make it to the endangered species list? Unspeakable! What can we do to make sure we don’t lose all this wonderful, historic art?