American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square,(Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets), New York, NY 10023 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 11:30 a.m. ‐ 7:00 p.m. (EST)





Free Everyday

The American Folk Art Museum will host a Closer Look tour at 1 p.m. on September 21st. Museum Day ticket holders are welcome to join!

The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the creative expressions of self-taught artists, past and present.


Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler
September 17, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Curated by Valérie Rousseau
The works revealed in the collection of Audrey B. Heckler are grounded in a variety of human experiences. They have been mainly gathered at a time when their creators—all self-taught—were marginalized by the art mainstream, a context that defined their artistic status temporarily. Rooted in particular mindsets, far away from traditional artistic references, these artworks demand that we search elsewhere for answers and keys to untangle their idiosyncratic vocabulary and creative process. The perspective for this exhibition, which is centered on an individual approach to each work and its maker, invites us to consider them as memory palaces, which are visualizations implemented to organize and recall constellations of information in an ever-expanding mental landscape.
Heckler’s collection is emblematic of the growth of the field of self-taught art in the United States, which manifests a strong interest for African-American artists, a curiosity for European art brut, a consistent attention on American classics, and a search for international discoveries. Known for her keen eye, Heckler has surrounded herself for the last twenty-seven years with excellent examples by the most significant artists in this art niche.


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