The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman: Making it Modern
The Nadelmans’ acquisitions spanned a wide geographic range and a great variety of media—furniture, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass, iron, pewter, drawings, watercolors and household tools. Beginning in 1926, they displayed the collection in their Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts, built on their estate in Riverdale, New York. The first museum in the United States devoted exclusively to folk art, it was also the first in the world to focus on the European origins of American folk art. In 1937, the New-York Historical Society purchased most of the collection, which the couple were forced to sell due to financial reversals suffered during the Depression.
Making it Modern will showcase approximately 100 objects displayed in groupings akin to those devised by the Nadelmans in their museum. The majority will be drawn from New-York Historical's holdings, supplemented by a few key loans. Several examples of Nadelman's "modern" sculpture will help to explore the influence of folk art on the artist’s own oeuvre.
Available beginning fall 2015
A fully illustrated catalogue with provocative essays and entries will accompany the exhibition.
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