Past Exhibitions

Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman

September 24–December 31, 2016

Making It Modern is the first major examination of sculptor Elie Nadelman’s seminal role in folk art collecting. Originally displayed in the Museum of Folk and Peasant Arts on the estate owned by Elie and Viola Nadelman, the collection was later acquired by the New-York Historical Society. This exhibition will present approximately 100 objects displayed in groupings akin to those in the Nadelmans’ museum. Several examples of the artist’s own sculpture will help to explore the influence of folk art on his oeuvre.

This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

Leadership support for this exhibition has been provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. Generous support has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Greater Hudson Heritage Network, the American Folk Art Society, and Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

The Addison's presentation of Making It Modern is generously supported by the Sidney R. Knafel Fund and the Bernard and Louise Palitz Exhibitions Fund.