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American Folk Art Museum

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Tod Williams Billie Tsien
 
location New York, New York
function museum
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The American Folk Art Museum is clad in sixty-three lightly textured tombasil panels (a white bronze alloy). The building is surrounded on the front and back sides by sites owned by the Museum of Modern Art. The façade is designed to make a strong but quiet statement of independence. The lustrous, sculptural façade is the product of a manual fabrication process evocative of the hands-oriented approach characteristic of folk art; its panels are cast by pouring molten metal directly into gated forms on the concrete floor of the foundry. The faceted panels, which appear stonelike and metallic at the same time, create different visual effects catching the light of the sun as it rises and sets, east and west along 53rd Street. Seven of the eight levels of the new building are entirely dedicated to public space. The galleries on the four top floors of the building vary in scale from intimate spaces to allow for a personalized art experience to open areas for the display of larger works.

 

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North American Folk Art says:
This looks very impressive! I would love to check it out! I love looking at folk art. I found a website with some great work on it. It's www.johnhburrow.com
08-Jun-10
North American Folk Art says:
I love how the building itself is a piece of North American folk art! Very impressive. I haven't visited this museum yet. I'll be going there soon hopefully.
19-May-10
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American Folk Art Museum
Address
West 53rd Street 45
United States
http://www.folkartmuseum.org/
Project is public!
Opening hours T 212. 265. 1040, info@folkartmuseum.org Tuesday - Sunday : 10:30am - 5:30pm. Friday: 10:30am - 7:30pm. Monday: Closed. The museum is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
How to get there? Subway lines B,D,F,V to 47th-50th Streets, Rockefeller Center. Subway E,V 47th-50th Streets, Rockefeller Center. Bus 1,2,3,4, along 5th Avenue, and numbers 5,6,7 along 6th Avenue / Avenue of the Americas
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Completion 12- 2001
ArchitectTod Williams Billie Tsien
 
Project ID 3322
Latitude/Longitude 40°45'42N 73°58'42W
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