Turkey Chili and Folk Art

americanfolkart 006A cool October day and turkey chili and a corn bread muffin hit the spot as we made our first stop in the American Folk Art Museum the mezzanine cafe. At one time museum cafe’s were something to avoid, but now they rank as some of my favorite places to eat. As far as quality and variety, the Cafe at the National Gallery of Art in Washington must rank among the very best. I also became quite familiar with the menu at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. In New York, the Brooklyn Museum Cafe has been a frequent stop, but now I think it has been outcharmed by the cafe at the American Folk Art Museum. Not only does the quality seem above par, but the menu provides options that are both unique and inexpensive. Check out the menu.  i should mention it’s a small space, but the balconies overlooking West 53rd Street and the museum lobby give it ample atmosphere.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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