Free Admission Friday at American Folk Art Museum - see INFO below. Self-Taught Genuis Gallery To Show Roadside Attraction Works Are in Permanent Collection of American Folk Art Museum (New York, NY, October 1, 2018) Roadside Attraction, an exhibition of marvels, oddities, and curiosities that captures the American fascination with the open road will open on October 15, 2018, at the Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Long Island City, Queens. The exhibition will run through January 3, 2019. Drawn from the permanent collection of the American Folk Art Museum, Roadside Attraction features trade signs, decorative art objects, miniatures, and gigantics, alongside artworks illustrating the paranormal, fantastic, and carnivalesque. The works on view, spanning the eighteenth through the late-twentieth centuries, highlight ways that improved roadways, innovations in transportation, and technological growth, which precipitated a flurry of art and entrepreneurship as taverns, inns, and alternative cultural sites burgeoned along American highways and backroad byways. Attended by a democratization of leisure time, artists and business owners alike took advantage of travel culture to create outlandish attractions and otherworldly built environments that fulfilled their creative visions and confounded, amazed, and entertained passersby. Roadside Attraction pays homage to this American phenomenon, evoking the spirit of enchantment that was cultivated by visionaries working off the beaten path.
January 18 @ 11am
where:Self-Taught Genius Gallery in Queens, 47-29 32nd Place, Long Island City, NY (map)
INFO:Admission is free. Phone: 212-595-9533