Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mystery And Benevolence

Installation view of ‘Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art
from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection’ at the American Folk Art Museum
Image:Allison Meier

The American Folk Art Museum’s (AFAM) Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection examines this often hidden history of America's fraternal orders and secret societies. Installed in the museum are more than 200 items used in and related to the rituals of Freemasonry and Odd Fellows, donated to the museum by Kendra and Allan Daniel, who spent three decades buying up the once-secretive art.

Hand staffs in ‘Mystery and Benevolence’
Image:Allison Meier

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Carpet, Artist unidentified (United States,1875–1925),
wool, 61 x 35 1/2 in (courtesy American Folk Art Museum, photo by José Andrés Ramirez)


The exhibit runs from January 21st to May 8th, 2017.Read more

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