$1.6m donation to the American Folk Art Museum

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New York, 24 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

According to an article published in The New York Times, the American Folk Art Museum has received a donation of $1.6m from the Henry Luce Foundation. The donation intends to contribute towards an exhibition of major works from the traveller’s collection.

The exhibition is entitled “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum” and is to feature more than 100 works, including drawings, paintings and sculptures. It is to take place next year, from 13 May to 16 August 2014, in the Lincoln Center, and will then travel to five other cities over the course of the next three years.

In an interview, exeuctive director of the museum Dr Anne-Imelda Radice stated: “it’s obviously impossible to display the amount of permanent collection we would like to at the moment in one place. I thought this was one way of sharing the richness of our works around the country.”

The Folk Art Museum closed its building in Manhattan in 2011, for financial reasons, and moved to Lincoln Square. The Luce Foundation’s American Art Program was launched in 1982, and has since given over $145m to around 250 museums, universities and other art institutions.

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