The has announced a $1.6 million grant from the in support of a national traveling exhibition of masterworks from its collection.
The exhibition, Self-Taught Genius: Treasures From the American Folk Art Museum, will feature more than a hundred pieces celebrating the power of folk art and art by self-taught artists. The collection will be on view at the museum's New York City location from May 13 to August 17, 2014, before traveling to five venues across the country over a three-year period.
Since 1961, the museum has helped shape an understanding of folk art and the work of contemporary self-taught artists through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. To that end, a wide range of print and online resources will accompany the exhibition, which was organized by chief curator Stacy C. Hollander and Art of the Self-Taught and Art Brut curator Valerie Rousseau.
"The Luce Foundation's recognition of our unique mission and wonderful collection and programs allows us to share part of our treasures with a national audience in a direct and powerful manner," said American Folk Art Museum executive director Anne-Imelda Radice. "The foundation's support goes beyond the American Folk Art Museum to celebrate great works that have shaped our country's heritage and creativity. We are excited to highlight works that not only reach back into our early history but also works made by modern artists who discovered their creative selves along diverse, unorthodox, and alternative paths."