Revisiting the First American Folk Art Museum, Founded by a Modernist Sculptor

Publisher: 
Hyperallergic
Date: 
May 20, 2016
The rough finishes and loose poses of Elie Nadelman’s sculptures of circus performers, pianists, and dancers were influenced by his incredible collection of folk art. With his wife, and heiress, Viola Nadelman, he founded what is considered the first folk art museum in the United States. The Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts opened in 1926 in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, but it couldn’t survive the Nadelmans’ financial losses following the 1929 stock market crash, and they closed the institution in 1937, selling its 15,000 objects to the New-York Historical Society. Read more…
Creative: Tronvig Group