Explore, The American Folk Art Museum.
The American Folk Art Museum has a unique and heartbreaking story which deserves to be remembered.
From 2001 to 2011, its sculptural facade made of 63 alloy of white-bronze panels, and initially located next to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Midtown was considered as a landmark. The American architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien conceived a creative and brilliant system where daylight and sun reflections impacted the color variations of each metal panel. It resulted in a beautiful change of light depending on different times of the day. The overview here
is worth a thousand words.
Sadly, due to the MoMA’s lack of space, the controversial decision was to raze it to build a new expansion. You can now visit a part of the American Folk Art Museum for free near Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side.
The museum celebrates the American culture, Folk Art collections and singular artists who had unconventional art backgrounds like Carlo Zinelli, an outstanding Art Brut figure (he suffered from schizophrenia) and Eugen Gabritschevsky, both exhibitions you can see until August 2017.