Glass: selections from the collection

Glass: selections from the collection

Glass display
June 27, 2021 - January 30, 2022

From small beads and mirrors to sculpted works, people work with glass all over the world. The Museum of International Folk Art presents a selection of glass works and works with glass from the collection. The display will be on view in Lloyd’s Treasure Chest this summer.

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Olive oil storage jar by Tawfiq Natsheh. 2010. Hebron, West Bank, Palestine. Dimensions: 11 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.  IFAF Collection (FA.2010.36.2ab).

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#mask: Creative Responses to the Global Pandemic

#mask: Creative Responses to the Global Pandemic


May 30, 2021 - January 15, 2023

Face masks have become daily attire for people around the world. More than a Personal Protective Device that keeps ourselves and others safe, face masks have become a creative outlet for many. They are representations of self-expression, political stance, fashion, and a symbol of humanity’s hope and care for one another. This exhibition is an ode to the face mask, and to the artists and every day citizens making their way through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Yōkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan

Yōkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan


December 8, 2019 - August 31, 2022

Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yōkai is a catchall word that generally refers to demons, ghosts, shapeshifters, and “strange” and supernatural beings. Yōkai  are prevalent in Japanese popular and expressive culture; you find them in manga (comics), anime (animation), and character-based games such as Pokémon (“pocket monster”).

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Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico

Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico

In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
October 6, 2019 - December 31, 2022

The exhibition Música Buena: The exhibition will focus on the rich history of traditional Hispano music from the arrival of the Spanish through the present.  Once in New Mexico, historic European traditions took on a new life and feel, blending with Native customs and reflecting the land, time, and place where these folkloric songs and traditions developed.

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Multiple Visions: A Common Bond

Multiple Visions: A Common Bond


On long-term display

Multiple Visions: A Common Bond has been the destination for well over a million first-time and repeat visitors to the Museum of International Folk Art. First, second, third, or countless times around, we find our gaze drawn by different objects, different scenes. With more than 10,000 objects to see, this exhibition continues to enchant museum visitors, staff and patrons. Explore highlights from the GIRARD WING.

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Lloyd's Treasure Chest: Folk Art in Focus

Lloyd's Treasure Chest: Folk Art in Focus


On long-term display

Lloyds’s Treasure Chest: Folk Art in Focus is a participatory gallery that encourages the exploration of folk art and contemplation of what is meant by “folk art.” Temporary, thematic displays are drawn from, and highlight the museum’s permanent collection of folk art, which is the museum’s “treasure.” The museum’s collection is too vast to exhibit in its entirety at any one time. When items are not on display, they are carefully stored and cared for in special rooms such as the Neutrogena Vault, which you can view from the Lloyd’s Treasure Chest Gallery.

The gallery is named for Lloyd Cotsen, folk art advocate and collector, and former president and CEO of the Neutrogena Corporation. In 1995, Cotsen and the Neutrogena Corporation donated an important collection of folk art and in 1998, the Neutrogena Wing, which includes Lloyd’s Treasure Chest, the Cotsen Gallery, and the Neutrogena Vault.

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