Saturday, May 4, 2019

American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square, NYC

$15 per person

11:00 a.m.


On Saturday, May 4th, alumni and guests are invited to join the American Friends of Attingham at the American Folk Art Museum for a special tour of the exhibition Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art. This special tour is hosted by AFA Board member Jason Todd Busch (SS ’01), Director of the American Folk Art Museum and will be led by curator Elizabeth V. Warren.

Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre that reflected local tastes, traditions, and needs. In fact, many of the objects that have been associated with the heartland were manufactured and used in New York City by artists and artisans who, in the tradition of self-taught artists around the world, learned their skills by joining family businesses, apprenticing to masters, or by teaching themselves the expertise needed to produce those pieces that we now consider among the core expressions of American folk art. Around 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives simultaneously: “The Art of Business” portrays the people and places that were part of the city’s thrumming commercial life, and “The Business of Art” highlights the diverse mediums and formats used by the artists, artisans, and manufacturers. The exhibition draws on the collections of a number of New York City museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, The New-York Historical Society, and historical societies and museums in all five boroughs, as well as private collections.

Registration is $15 per person. Register online here. Alternatively, RSVP to and send a check, payable to American Friends of Attingham, to 205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10016. Registration is required.


Images from left: Optician’s Trade Sign; E. G. Washburne & Co., 207 Fulton Street, New York City; c. 1915; paint and gold leaf on zinc and iron, with glass and light bulbs; 26 x 54 x 4 in.; collection of Penny and Allan Katz. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

Portrait of Peter Williams; artist unidentified; New York City; c. 1810–1815; oil on canvas, 25 x 20 1/2 in.; collection New-York Historical Society, X.173. Photo © New-York Historical Society.

Herman Raub Engaged in Weighing Gold at the Manhattan Bank at New York (detail), artist unidentified (possibly Mr. Thompson”), New York City, 1805, watercolor and pen and ink on paper, 12 1/4 x 9 3/4 in., private collection. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.