Current and Upcoming Folk Art Exhibitions


Folk portrait
“Young Woman with Elaborate Lace Collar and Holding a Red Book”. Attributed to the Wilkinson Limner (active 1824-1830), probably Philadelphia, c. 1827. Oil on cradled poplar panel, 27 1/2″ x 21 1/4″. Sold by us to a private collector and currently on view at the American Folk Art Museum.


With the changing, vibrant foliage and crisp fall air upon us, it is a good time to take a trip and check out some of the excellent exhibitions on view at major museums in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Here are a few of our favorites:

1) American Folk Art Museum, NYC
Folk Art and American Modernism | July 18 – Sept 27
Lectures from the Folk Art Pioneers series:
September 10 – Scholar Avis Berman on the Whitey’s legendary Juliana Force
September 16 – Curator and scholar Wendy Jeffers lecture, “Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Holger Cahill, and Dorothy Miller, and Edith Halpert”
September 21 – Lindsay Pollack, editor-in-chief of Art in America, will present “Investing in Folk Art: The Remarkable Edith Halpert and her Downtown Gallery,” a lecture that brings to light Edith Halpert’s role in the American Folk Art Museum.

2) Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown, NY
Folk Portraits and Early Photography | Oct 15 – Dec 31

3) Winterthur, Wilmington, DE
A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life | Thru Jan 3, 2016

4) Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America | July 25 – Oct 11
Featuring works from the Barbara Gordon Collection

5) Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
American Folk Art, Lovingly Collected | July 15 – Nov 29
Featuring folk portraits by Brewster, Bascom, Belknap, Prior, and Hamblin

6) Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
Vermont Furniture to 1850 | July 25 – Nov 1

7) Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, VA
• Paper Trail: Documenting Rite of Passage in German-speaking America | Thru Oct 4
• American Folk Portraits | Thru Nov 29
• A Celebration of American Quilts | Thru Dec 6

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