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Compass Exhibition Uses American Folk Art Museum's Collection to Celebrate the South Street Seaport's Vibrant History
Exhibition Organized by the American Folk Art Museum at the South Street Seaport Museum in Collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York
15 May 2012
New York, NY, May 15, 2012—Beginning June 20, 2012, the American Folk Art Museum will present Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions at the South Street Seaport Museum. The exhibition is mounted in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, which operates the South Street Seaport Museum, and will span four galleries. Running through October 7, 2012, the exhibition will use highlights from the Folk Art Museum’s extensive collection to illuminate the story of the Seaport district during the height of its prominence as an international port in the early 1800s.
The exhibition will be presented in four sections that represent life at the Seaport in the early nineteenth century. Exploration will present works that convey the risks and rewards of seafaring expeditions in the early years of the Seaport. Social Networking will focus on the Seaport’s history as a center for commerce, trade and social interactions. Shopping will highlight the area’s roots as a thriving commercial district. Wind, Water, & Weather will illustrate the effects of the environment on harbor activities. Each section will contain artworks that embody the history of the Seaport as well as modern artworks that express the continuation of these themes and impulses in contemporary life.
“In the early nineteenth century, the Seaport was a center of commerce and culture for New Yorkers and visitors from across the globe. For the exhibition, we have selected artworks that bring this rich history to life. I am thrilled that our exhibition can bring the Seaport’s vibrant past into its exciting present moment,” said Stacy C. Hollander, the Museum’s senior curator.
“The American Folk Art Museum has begun a process of ‘reimagining, revitalizing, and reinventing’ ourselves, and we have been looking for opportunities to promote our art via various forms of creative presentation and collaboration,” said Monty Blanchard, President of the Board of Trustees of the Folk Art Museum. “This exciting exhibition contributes significantly to our mission of giving the public access to our outstanding collection.”
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