American Folk Art Museum
PLUCKED OR PLUCKY? THE AFAM MARKS ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY
by N.F. Karlins
The American Folk Art Museum looked more plucked than plucky at the close of 2011. The museum owns the most extensive collection of American folk art anywhere, along with a large selection of folk art from other countries, but trustee mismanagement had led to the sale of the museum's 53rd Street showplace facility and a retreat to its smaller, original Lincoln Center location. Some boardmembers apparently wanted to throw in the towel altogether and close the museum.