Last weekend I visted the American Folk Art Museum in NYC for the first time.
A friend of mine wanted to see the Martin Ramirez exhibit of 97 drawings – drawings he created when he was in a mental hospital in northern California due to a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
Many of these drawings were of cars and trains closed in by tunnels leading to nowhere, or of a man on a horse with a gun, enclosed by four walls. Eerie.
The museum’s permanent collection includes several old weathervanes. I hardly ever see these anywhere these days [okay I have never seen these I am a city girl.]
And then, on the top floor, [after a scuffle with security who wanted us to put on our coats or check them, to which we said “no thank you”] – there were some really odd things.
A condom quilt, the condoms in wrappers of all colors.
A golden tower – made of chicken bones. The artists [husband and wife] collected the bones from their dinners at KFC. Sprayed them with gold paint, and glued them together.
Folk art. Hmm.
Photos from the American Folk Art Musuem
“Three VW Vans” – Martin Ramirez, c 1948-1963
Sea Serpent Weathervane, circa 1850