Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Timeless vision.(Final)

Byline: Tracy Dingmann Journal Staff Writer

Exhibit honors museum founder who believed in using folk art to foster cultural understanding

Museum of International Folk Art founder Florence Bartlett's vision of fostering cultural understanding through folk art still shines through 50 years later, as the museum celebrates its golden anniversary with "A Handmade Planet: Florence Bartlett's Vision for the Museum of International Folk Art," a show of its finest artifacts.

Bartlett started the museum in 1953 with her own 2,500-piece collection of costumes, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, furniture and paintings from 37 countries. A Chicago native, Bartlett lived in New Mexico for 20 years and said she chose Santa Fe as a site because of its mingling of cultures.

She began the museum in a then-remote corner of the city in a building by famed architect John Gaw Meem. …

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