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Emily Counihan (C) attends the Young Folk Annual Benefit Party at Madame X in New York, NY on April 27, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Smith/ArtZealous)

Photography Client Spotlight: The American Folk Art Museum

Last year, we launched a photography service. Why? Because we felt that galleries, museums and art institutions should have access to quality photos without the price tag. We provide a photography service that is tailored to the art world with professionals that have experience in shooting art. The photos are hosted on our site and include an editorial component, ensuring that our clients get the attention they deserve. Win, win!


Every month, we’ll highlight one of our clients, and this month goes to one of our first and favorite museums that hired us, The American Folk Art Museum.


Since 1961 the American Folk Art Museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. As a center of scholarship and by showcasing the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training, the museum considers the historical, social, and artistic context of American culture. Its collection includes more than seven thousand artworks dating from the eighteenth century to the present, from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of mediums.


Our first event with the American Folk Art Museum took place at Hotel Americano for the Official After-Party for the Outsider Art Fair. Young Folk, is the young patrons arm for supporters in their twenties and thirties. Young Folk is a community that explores folk and self-taught art through dynamic programs, intimate private collection and artist’s studio visits, creative, blow-out parties, and engaging social media.


photo // Gregory Scaffidi


Next up, was Young Folk’s annual benefit party. The surreal soiree took place at Madame X in Soho with specialty house cocktails inspired by the works of outsider artist Henry Darger. The intimate upstairs lounge was illuminated by Jennifer Reiland’s video installation, “The Arena,” selected by Young Folk’s Leadership Committee as the winner of their annual art commission.


photo // Stephen Smith/ArtZealous)


In September, the museum opened their much-anticipated War and Pieced: Quilts from Military Fabrics, and we were on hand to capture opening night. This exhibition was the first in the United States to showcase the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms.


photo // Stephen Smith/ArtZealous)


The Folk Art Gala is an annual fete that provides a primary source of funding for the museum and its acclaimed educational programs.



photo // Art Zealous


At the beginning of the new year, the museum hosted its opening Night of ‘Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic. The exhibition is on view through May 27, 2018.


photo //  Stephen Smith/Art Zealous


Most recently, Holding Space: The Museum Collects opened March 5, 2018, at the American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City. The exhibition highlights the breadth of recent acquisitions by the museum over the past five years. Holding Space: The Museum Collects is on view through July 5, 2018.


Photo // Stephen Smith/Art Zealous