IN THE FIELD

Photography & Folk Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

BY ELIZABETH MCGOEY & ELIZABETH SIEGEL

This fall, the Art Institute of Chicago will open an exhibition, Photography & Folk Art: Looking for America in the 1930s, that explores the connections between the fields of folk art and documentary photography in the Depression era for the first time.

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Made in New York City at the American Folk Art Museum

THE EXHIBITION MADE IN NEW YORK CITY: THE BUSINESS OF FOLK ART is on view at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) through July 28, 2019. The exhibit includes 100 hundred works by self-taught artists from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries and highlights the history of New York City as a financial and commercial capital.

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Digital Decorative Arts: Celebrating a New Consortium

by Sarah Parks and Catharine Dann Roeber

A BIEDERMEIER-STYLE TESTER BED made in Washington County, TX, in 1861. A Baltimore pier table. A Roxbury-type tall case clock made by Simon Willard. Once found only in museum rooms or private residences, these are just a few examples of objects found in furniture-focused online databases. The compilation and dissemination of decorative arts research increasingly uses digital tools to complement physical publications and exhibitions or to gather information that would otherwise be widely dispersed or hard to access.

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Reinterpreting Mount Vernon’s Front Parlor

by ADAM T. ERBY

MOUNT VERNON’S FRONT PARLOR REOPENED to guests in February following a major two-year restoration guided by extensive new research. The project returned the room as nearly as possible to its appearance in 1799, the last year of George Washington’s life

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The Trust to Receive the Wunsch Americana Award

On January 16, 2019, the Decorative Arts Trust will be added to a list of distinguished names in the field of American decorative arts as they are presented with the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts at Christie’s.

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SAVE THE DATE
  • Special Program: Tour of the Newark Museum with retiring Chief Curator Ulysses Dietz
    November 3
  • New York Antiques Weekend
    January 19-20, 2018
  • Emerging Scholars Colloquium
    January 21, 2018
  • Symposium
    Upper Hudson River Valley: From the Mohawk to the Berkshires
    May 3-6, 2018
  • Symposium
    New Orleans & the Mississippi Delta
    November 1-4, 2018
  • Study Trip
    Prague & Vienna with an extension to Budapest
    With an extension to Budapest
    October 1–11 and 16–26, 2018; Extension October 12–15

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