After a near death, or rather, near debt experience in late 2011, the American Folk Art Museum left its home of 10 years on 53rd Street, adjacent to the MoMA, and returned to its humble rental near Lincoln Center. Here, minus the distractions of an artsy facade and celebrity neighbor, the focus returns to its incredible collection of contemporary self-taught artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the single largest collection of reclusive Chicago artist
Henry Darger, known for his painstakingly detailed collage paintings of fantasy worlds. Recent exhibitions have included Folk Couture: Fashion and Folk Art, which featured the work of 13 established and emerging designers who created an original ensemble based on a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, quilts, and furniture chosen from the museum’s collection. The museum's gift shop has an impressive collection of handcrafted items.