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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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Kathryn H.
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Hello, I had contacted one of the program directors about the possibility of a venue at the Museum that used art from outside artists. My daughter made a sculpture out of polymer clay of a Hotel for Cats and I forwarded a photo of it. Whoever I talked to said there were not any exhibits scheduled that she could enter, but he would send her a "coffee table book" about the museum. She never got the book so I tried to order one at
Christmas. I did not find one on the internet so I ordered the Florence Bartlett book which was interesting, but not what I was looking for. If you do have a more thorough book about the Museum, please let me know so I can order one. My daughter and I visited the Museum several years ago and loved it. Since I am 90 and Holly has MS, we probably won't be able to get back to NM again, but have good memories.
Thank you,
Kaye Halter

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