Museum of folk art

transandalite  asked:

what is the favorite museum you've been to/would like to go to? if there were a museum containing anything, what would you want it to be about?

my favorite is the smithsonian natural history museum in dc because i grew up going to it all the time. i know all the regular exhibits by heart but it’s huge so i don’t get sick of visiting. i’m very lucky to have grown up near dc because all the museums & the zoo there are free. i’m always shocked to visit other places and find out how expensive museums really are!

i would really love to go to the museum of miniatures in amsterdam and the suginami animation museum in tokyo.. i really like going to any art museums though, i’m just more interested in commercial arts and folk arts than fine art

An unfortunate consequence of the economic hard times, among other things: New York’s American Folk Art Museum, founded in 1961, is running out of ways and means to stay afloat. After moving its 5,000+ piece permanent collection to a new location in 2001, the museum has had difficulty repaying the construction loans due to a variety of factors.

In a New York Times article, some of these reasons are described. From lack of development, fund-raising, public interest in the subject matter, the usefulness of the new space for displaying art, and the legal troubles of the museum’s former chairman, the Folk Art Museum has had a rough few years. 

Despite these setbacks, the article ends with a tinge of optimism-

[Linda] Dunne [the interim director] is finding solace in small things, like a boom in attendance at the Lincoln Square site since the West 53rd Street building closed.

“People are lining up,” she said, “waiting to get in.”

Read the entire article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/arts/design/american-folk-art-museum-weighs-survival-strategies.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=design

Mason/Moran/Trafford collaboration to feature in Carnegie Museum Film Festival

A new music film collaboration between Pittsburgh filmmaker Chris Mason, Pittsburgh musician Tom Moran, and J. Trafford will debut in Pittsburgh at the Row House Cinema as
an official selection of the Carnegie Museum of Art 2-Minute Film Festival.

“States Past” - an evocative collage of 45 home films originating from 42 of the 50 United States between 1930 and 1970 - features an original music soundtrack performed by Moran and Trafford.

The collaboration will debut at the 2-Minute Film Festival’s opening night at the Row House Cinema on Friday, July 15. Screenings continue at Row House until the following Wednesday, July 20, and a closing event takes place at the Carnegie Museum on Thursday, July 21.
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Chris Mason is the founder of Spinning Goat Productions, an independent filmmaking company in Pittsburgh. Mason has produced films for the Summit Against Racism, the Latin American
Cultural Union, and New Voices Pittsburgh, to name a few.

Tom Moran is a Pittsburgh-based string musician and luthier. Rising to prominence in the early 1980s with punk rock bands The Five and The Dark and continuing into the 90s with bluegrass combo The Deliberate Strangers, Moran presently purveys African, Middle Eastern, and
Indian Classical music.