Art is in the eye of the beholder. In the galleries of the folk art museum, you'll discover an amazing variety of paintings, sculptures, and other objects created by talented, self-trained artists and craftsmen. In fact, it's one of the largest collections of American folk art.
For the first time, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum will feature an exhibition on the art of hooking and sewing rugs, featuring about twenty hooked and sewn rugs.
"Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade," in the McCarl Gallery features over twenty rare, colorful and pictorial Navajo weavings created by anonymous Navajo women working on hand looms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition showcases a variety of pictorial designs, materials, and symbolic imagery. The earliest object is a man's traditional wearing blanket from about 1860. Later weavings from the early 20th century began to depict the influence of the Anglo world including the incorporation of trains, American flags, and livestock.
Discover how the museum has conserved a 19th-century painted room acquired in the 1950s.
Bring the family and follow Prince, a carved wooden dog, as he explores the countryside full of animals in paintings, sculpture and toys.
Examine a variety of art—including signboards, storefront figures, and carousel animals—originally intended for use outdoors.
This exhibition features 5 paintings from the Folk Art collection highlighting the popularity of ship portraits.
Known as "The Toy Workshop of the World," Germany dominated the 19th-century toy market. This exhibition features a colorful variety of 19th-century German wooden toys from dolls and soldiers to arks and animals.
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