Last week’s sad news that the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) agreed to sell their 53rd Street building to the Museum of Modern Art is unfortunate, though not entirely unexpected. I will not speculate and comment on their decision or situation, but am providing links to interesting articles that discuss the sale:
- AFAM’s announcement
- MoMA sale details
- Jerry Saltz’s criticism of the 53rd Street building
- Justin Davidson’s defense of the building
- Paul Goldberger’s defense of the building
I have a soft spot for the museum: my first post-college job was as their assistant editor, and my experiences at AFAM led me to focus on self-taught artists within my graduate studies. I am not the only person who has been inspired by the museum, and I hope that their collection will remain available and visible both at their Lincoln Square space and online.