Saturday, May 6, 2017

Folk facade


[Panel Division Study for Facade, Museum of American Folk Art, New York City, early 1998. Designed by Tod Williams and Matthew Baird. Pen and black and red ink, brush and white gouache, graphite on tracing paper. 25 1/4 x 12 inches. Click for a larger view.]

This drawing is a Cooper-Hewitt Object of the Day. The Museum of American Folk Art opened in 2001 and was torn down in 2014 at the behest of a next-door neighbor and new owner, the Museum of Modern Art. I spent most of a day at the Museum of American Folk Art in March 2002, visiting a Henry Darger exhibit and attending a poetry reading by John Ashbery. Still gotta tell that story someday.

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comments: 3

Fresca said...

Hey, that kind of looks like you---when I first saw it, I thought maybe you'd made it, like your annual monthly calendar. It's great!

Michael Leddy said...

Kinda like a calendar that Saul Steinberg might have drawn. Here is a photograph of the building before MoMA stepped in. I remember what a beautiful shock it was to see, so homemade looking.

Fresca said...

oooh, crazy---i like that!