Dorothea and Leo Rabkin began collecting country furniture and pieces
of American folk art in the late 1950s. Living in Manhattan, their taste was
unusual but they soon found colleagues such as American Folk Art Museum
director Robert Bishop and collector Herbert Waide Hemphill. The collection
grew to over 1200 individual objects over several decades. It was shown at
the American Folk Art Museum in the 1970s marking a renewal of interest in
folk art among art lovers. In the 1980s, the Rabkins also embraced outsider
art and were early collectors of such artists as Sam Doyle, Bill Traylor, James
Castle, Jon Serl, J.B. Murry, Louis Monza, Raymond Coins and many others.
This show opened on September 1st and will be open through October.
Stop in to see the remnants of the renowned Rabkin collection!