American Folk Art Museum celebrates 60th anniversary

A limestone sculpture called “Martha and Mary,” based on the biblical story, was completed in the 1930s by noted self-taught sculptor William Edmonson.

How it arrived at the American Folk Art Museum on the Upper West Side has quite the story of its own. It was spotted in Missouri three years ago, beginning its journey to the museum.

“A friend of the museum, John Foster, who is a collector and art historian, was driving around St. Louis and he spotted it from his car,” said Christopher Gorman, the museum’s deputy director and chief communications officer.

Foster pulled over, knocked on the door and spoke to the woman who lived

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