Documentary Apprenticeship Program MOIFA’s Gallery of Conscience and Little Globe Media

We started with a traditional idea - a Master-apprenticeship program which would support renowned folk artists and their students in the teaching of traditional arts. But we wanted to go further. We felt it was important to not only bridge generations, but bridge the old and new ways of learning and transmitting knowledge.
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A Missing Text Panel Resurfaces for a Happy Reunion

A text panel from the 1999-2000 exhibition Sin Nombre finds a new home with the granddaughter of Moisés Aragón, the artist it celebrates.
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The Jewish Cowboy, Paul Graubard, Painting on Paper

“Paul Graubard is a self-taught artist based in Lenox, Massachusetts, whose works reference American folklore and Jewish traditions. Though he arrived at painting through grief and trauma, his artworks articulate joy. The painting on paper “The Jewish Cowboy” was recently acquired by the museum through the generosity of Londa Weisman. Below, Paul talks about this piece, painting, and childhood memories of bicycling.” –Laura Addison, Curator of North American & European Folk Art.
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Planning and Launching a New Education Program at the Museum: What it Takes

This fall, the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) and the NM Museum of Art (MOA) will offer a brand new program for children aged 3 – 5 and their adult caregivers: S.T.A.R.T. (Sharing Time, Art, and Reading Together).
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Miss Bartlett, the French Gift, and the Mystery of the Missing Photographer

It sounded so simple: create a little text for a label to display with one of the Museum’s most reproduced images, the picture of our Founder Florence Dibell Bartlett examining a gift from the French Republic in the company of our first Director Robert Bruce Inverarity and French Consul Paul Coze... but the search led on a meandering trail through Museum history
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Time Travel and Travel Time

Continuing our trip through photos of early days at the Museum, we see people arrive on opening day, and explore early traveling exhibits from Tools and Woodworking to Magic and Medicine.
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Looking Back

We've been looking back at photos from the Museum's early days. Here are two favorites, both by Laura Gilpin.
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The Flea, the Truck, and the Dreaded Moth

What does a large freezer truck have to do with the 7th Annual Folk Art Flea (May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)? What's next, folk art ice cream? Read on to learn the lengths the intrepid volunteers of the Friends of Folk Art go to in order to raise money, and preserve the museum's collections.
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Introducing the Marcia Muth Archives

Wednesday, April 21 [1975] Now we must concentrate on being artists. Somehow we must find the way and the means to have the time to develop our artistic life and talents. [excerpt from the Painting Journals of Marcia Muth, Marcia Muth Collection, Museum of International Folk Art Archives AR.00061]
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Just Like Night at the Museum, But Different

Deep in the shadowy vaults, the Museum’s underground storage twists and turns in strange passageways with even stranger objects. A wall of masks, a row of bright garments, or clay figurines peer after you as you walk by. When I found myself in the dark, concrete room with the low dangling light bulb I knew I had gone too far. ‘I should have known,’ I thought to myself, ‘you take a left after the mural depicting the doctors of the black plague.’
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