- In collaboration with Queens College and with support from AFA President Roy R. Neuberger, AFA offers the Workshop in Art Criticism. The course is initially taught by Max Kozloff.
- AFA organizes American Masters—Art Students League in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Art Students League. Traveling to more than 7 venues, American Masters features the work of Thomas Hart Benton, William Merritt Chase, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Philip Guston, Marsden Hartley, Robert Henri, Hans Hofmann, Winslow Homer, George Inness, George Luks, and John Marin, among others. The show offers exposure to important American artists just as a new generation of art historians is becoming increasingly interested in developing a history of American art.
- With a grant from the Old Dominion Foundation, AFA organizes The American Poster, a large-scale exhibition documenting the history of visual culture and poster design in the U.S. from the late 1800s to the mid-1960s. Included are works by Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Ben Shahn, and Wes Wilson, among others. The exhibition travels to 14 venues across the U.S.
AFA organizes Rejective Art, the first major traveling exhibition on minimalism. Curated by Lucy Lippard, the exhibition includes the work of Carl Andre, Mel Bochner, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Robert Ryman, and Tony Smith, among others.