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Last Chance to Visit the American Folk Art Museum In Its Current Form, Move to Smaller Location Begins Saturday

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Much has been made about New York’s American Folk Art Museum‘s departure from its current home. From the crippling debt that forced it to sell off its West 53rd Street tower, to dueling critics debating the merits/demerits of said Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-designed building, to how much the MoMA paid to buy it from them ($31.2 million), there was a good deal of talk about the ins and outs as the museum prepares to move to its other location. If you’d like to see the AFAM in its current, familiar form, before it closes up shop and transitions over to decidedly smaller digs in New York’s Lincoln Square, this is the final week you have to do it. The museum has announced that it will start moving out of the building on July 9th, and the NY Times reports that the last day for public visits will be this Friday the 8th. After that, the museum will “have 90 days to vacate the building after the sale closes,” which is expected to happen sometime in the middle of this month. Here’s some from the museum’s announcement about the move:

On July 9, 2011, the American Folk Art Museum will move to its home at 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets. At Lincoln Square the museum will present a full schedule of exhibitions and related programming. Currently on view through September is the exhibition Super Stars, highlighting star-studded quilts from the collection, and the deeply affecting 9/11 National Tribute Quilt. For the fall, curator Stacy C. Hollander has organized “Life: Real and Imagined—A Decade of Collecting.” Among the artworks on view will be important portraits by 19th-century artists Ammi Phillips, Jacob Maentel, and the husband-and-wife team of Dr. Samuel and Ruth Shute; contemporary masters include James Castle, Henry Darger, and Martín Ramírez. Admission is always free.

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