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The American Folk Art Museum on East 53rd Street in Manhattan, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien & Associates, 2001
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by Jerry Saltz

On May 10, 2011, the American Folk Art Museum -- that beloved, bedeviled museum on West 53rd Street -- confirmed what many of us had feared for years. Facing a crippling debt and low attendance, the museum (or rather, its board of directors) has decided to sell the museum building and relocate to a lobby space one-sixth of its current size near Lincoln Center. Sad as it is to say, this news comes as no surprise, and the culprit is the museum’s physical home.


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