NYC folk art museum gets grant for traveling show

An artwork by one of America's premier self-taught artists is the circa 1939-1942 color on cardboard painting titled 'Blue Cat' by Bill Traylor (1854-1949). Sold for $37,500 at Slotin's May 5, 2007 auction. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Slotin Folk Art.

An artwork by one of America’s premier self-taught artists is the circa 1939-1942 color on cardboard painting titled ‘Blue Cat’ by Bill Traylor (1854-1949). Sold for $37,500 at Slotin’s May 5, 2007 auction. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Slotin Folk Art.

NEW YORK (AP) – The American Folk Art Museum in New York City has received a $1.6 million grant for a traveling exhibition of works from its collection.

The Henry Luce Foundation grant for the five-city national tour was made as part of the museum’s 75th anniversary initiative.

The exhibition will showcase 100 works by self-taught artists. It’ll open in New York in May 2014 and then travel over the next three years. The five locations will be named soon.

“Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum” will feature drawings, paintings, carvings, quilts and other media.

The museum said the exhibition will examine art by the self-taught as an enduring American art form. It says the objects reflect the challenges and triumphs of an emerging nation and its evolving national identity.

Visit www.folkartmuseum.org.

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An artwork by one of America's premier self-taught artists is the circa 1939-1942 color on cardboard painting titled 'Blue Cat' by Bill Traylor (1854-1949). Sold for $37,500 at Slotin's May 5, 2007 auction. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Slotin Folk Art.

An artwork by one of America’s premier self-taught artists is the circa 1939-1942 color on cardboard painting titled ‘Blue Cat’ by Bill Traylor (1854-1949). Sold for $37,500 at Slotin’s May 5, 2007 auction. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Slotin Folk Art.