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Folk Art Journey: Florence D. Bartlett and the Museum of International Folk Art

Florence Dibell Bartlett (1881-1953) founded the world's first international folk art museum, today the world's largest. The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe is where this cultural leader from Chicago made manifest her belief that folk art is the bond between the peoples of the world. The Bartletts were a prominent Chicago family of businessmen and civic leaders. Three of four siblings made public gifts through art, including Frederic Clay Bartlett at Chicago Art Institute, Maie Bartlett Heard, co-founder of the Heard Museum, and Florence--whose interest in foreign travel and human endeavor put her in step with Eleanor Roosevelt as a beacon for forward thinking humanism. The Bartlett collection and vision still guide the Museum of International Folk Art, and this biography of a significant cultural leader and her times is balanced with fine examples of the costumes, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, furniture and painting she collected from all over the world.

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