Quilts of Southwest China

Quilts of Southwest China


July 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, or museums.  The examples featured here offer an introduction based on new research by a bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums, including participation by the Museum of International Folk Art.  Embodying layers of history, identity, and expertise, these quilts reveal new insights into the contemporary lives of minority communities adapting to a period of great change in China.

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Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate: Strategies Folk Artists Use in Today's Global Marketplace

Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate: Strategies Folk Artists Use in Today's Global Marketplace

in the Mark Naylor & Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience
June 4, 2017 - July 16, 2018

The  Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience is an experimental gallery inside the Museum of International Folk Art where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition in real tme.

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No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art

No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art


March 12, 2017 - September 16, 2018

Tramp art is the product of industry, a style of woodworking from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that made use of discarded cigar boxes and fruit crates that were notched and layered to make a variety of domestic objects.

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Lloyd's Treasure Chest

Lloyd's Treasure Chest


January 29, 2017 - December 29, 2017

Folk Art is a treasure, and Lloyd’s Treasure Chest offers a participatory gallery experience highlighting the Museum’s permanent collection of over 136,000 objects of international folk art from over 100 countries, representing thousands of unique cultures. Because the entire collection can never be on view at the same time, collections are carefully stored and cared for in rooms such as our Neutrogena Vault, which visitors can view from the Treasure Chest gallery.

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Multiple Visions: A Common Bond

Multiple Visions: A Common Bond


On long-term display

Multiple Visions: A Common Bond has been the destination for well over a million first-time and repeat visitors to the Museum of International Folk Art. First, second, third, or countless times around, we find our gaze drawn by different objects, different scenes. With more than 10,000 objects to see, this exhibition continues to enchant museum visitors, staff and patrons.

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