December 13, 2013
This press release is from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. The access is free:
A fully-accessible, digital archive of 117 issues of magazines published by
the American Folk Art Museum from 1971 through 2008 will go online and be
available to all beginning December 6, 2013. More than 10,000 pages of Folk
Art and The Clarion-including scholarly articles and texts, photographs,
illustrations, advertisements, calendars, and more-have been digitized and
can be reached via the Museum’s website at http://www.folkartmuseum.org
and following links to “Publications” and
“Magazines.” The archive is organized chronologically.
Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Museum, commented:
“This invaluable archive is but one way in which the American Folk Art
Museum continues to provide education and leadership in the extraordinary
fields of both traditional folk art and the creative expressions of the
self-taught. Making the issues available online further extends the reach of
the Museum and advances our mission.”
The digitization and launch of the archive has been made possible by a
generous grant from Museum Trustee Karin Fielding and her husband, Dr.
Jonathan Fielding, which matched funding from the Friends of Heritage
Preservation. These grants were spurred by a gift from the American Folk Art
Published (on average) three times each year, The Clarion, later called Folk
Art, was a preeminent forum for original research and new scholarship in the
encompassing field of American folk art. Reflecting the mission of the
museum, the articles embraced new perspectives on a wide variety of topics
ranging from traditional arts such as portraiture, schoolgirl arts, painted
furniture, and pottery, to original discourses on under-recognized artists.
Features and articles were written not only by American Folk Art Museum
curators, but also by scholars and experts in a variety of fields, with
subject matter spanning three centuries. The publications were lavishly
illustrated with meticulous care, and included news about the Museum as well
as exhibitions around the country, illustrated advertisements from a stellar
roster of dealers and auction houses, and other related information.
Tanya Heinrich, the Museum’s Editor and Director of Publications, and a
former publisher of the magazines prior to their cessation, directed the
project with the assistance of Elena Terhune, a researcher from Smith
Currently, the magazines are searchable by issue; the complete index of all
issues will be available in the summer of 2014.