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MAD | Museum of Arts and Design MAD champions artists, designers, and artisans, presenting contemporary art and design through a craft lens. The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields—presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work.
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Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving 21st-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.

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Jewelry artist Stanley Lechtzin has always had an eye toward new technologies. His experimentation with electroforming l...
02/07/2021

Jewelry artist Stanley Lechtzin has always had an eye toward new technologies. His experimentation with electroforming led him to create Pendant 4C, which was apart of the groundbreaking 1969 exhibition Objects: USA and is currently featured in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now.

After conversations with MAD’s Founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, and Director Paul Smith, Lechtzin was motivated to find a way to make his unique large scale pieces more lightweight and wearable. The electroforming process allowed the artist to fuse mineral crystals with metal without supporting elements. It also opened up the possibility of using shapes, textures, and combinations that he had never used before.

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Stanley Lechtzin
Pendant 4C, 1967
Silver gilt, amethyst crystal, fresh-water pearls; electroformed
Pendant

Brian Clarke blends ancient techniques and new technologies to create his free-standing stained glass screens.  The arti...
02/06/2021

Brian Clarke blends ancient techniques and new technologies to create his free-standing stained glass screens. The artist uses a 2,000-year-old technique called the cylinder method to create the panes of glass. He then uses advanced laser and acid etching to create the designs. When creating the screen, Katoomba, Clarke layered blue and pink glass on top of each other and then removed the blue glass to reveal the pink underneath.

See this and more of Brian Clarke’s work on view this weekend at MAD. Visit today between 2-4 pm to enjoy another #MusicatMAD performance. Today’s featured soloist is cellist Nathan Vickery of the New York Philharmonic.

Tap the link in the link below to book your timed tickets.
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Brian Clarke
Katoomba, 2017

Happy Birthday to glass artist Benjamin Moore, born #OTD in 1952. Introduced to glass by fellow glass artist Marvin Lipo...
02/05/2021

Happy Birthday to glass artist Benjamin Moore, born #OTD in 1952. Introduced to glass by fellow glass artist Marvin Lipofsky and mentored by trailblazer Dale Chihuly, Moore is a leader of the American studio glass movement in his own right.

After completing his MFA at @RISD1877 under Chihuly, Moore two years living and working in Vernini Studio in Murano, Italy. His work there allowed him to become a bridge between the American studio glass movement and the center of Venetian glass. Moore’s passion for classical technique and design has been a big influence on his work.

Moore’s Interior Fold Series demonstrates the technique of folding glass onto itself. Ancient Romans were known to use this process to give their pieces added thickness. Moore has said, “I use this folding technique as a design or aesthetic element. In this series, I combine this folding technique with a horizontal plane of glass, which is spun out from the fold. The spiral wrap on the horizontal plane emphasizes the circular form. “
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Benjamin Moore
Interior Fold Series, 1988.
Off-hand blown glass

If it’s Thursday, it must be 2-for-1 Thursday Nights at MAD! Enjoy 2-for-1 admission tonight from 5 -8 pm. Take advantag...
02/04/2021

If it’s Thursday, it must be 2-for-1 Thursday Nights at MAD!

Enjoy 2-for-1 admission tonight from 5 -8 pm. Take advantage of our special extended hours and explore the innovative leaded works of celebrated glass Brian Clarke and so much more!

Tap the link below to book your timed tickets!

https://madmuseum.org/
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#MADMuseum
#AllinNYC

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker has a long history of advocating for the arts and social justice. One of the man...
02/03/2021

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker has a long history of advocating for the arts and social justice. One of the many ways these passions have been demonstrated at the foundation was in 2017 when Walker deaccessioned the foundation’s old art collection featuring the likes of Picasso and Renoir. In turn, he reinvested in a more diverse slate of living artists focusing on women and people of color.

Walker was also a key participant in Detroit’s 2014 "Grand Bargain.” He helped raise philanthropic funds to protect municipal workers’ pensions and to preserve the Detroit Institute of the Arts collection, helping Detroit begin its recovery after bankruptcy.

In 2019 Warren was appointed to the board of the National Gallery. He is the first Black and openly gay member of the board, which only has nine members, four of them ex officio positions, including the Supreme Court's Chief Justice. Today Walker continues to challenge the art world and museums, in particular, to provide greater access, opportunity, and equity.

Next Wednesday, February 11 at 7 pm, Walker and fashion icon André Leon Talley return for another MAD Moments conversation. And this time, Walker will tell his story. Join us and learn about Walker’s path to the Ford Foundation, his vision for the future of philanthropy, and the role of museums in reimaging who has a seat at the table and a voice in the room.

Tap the link below to register now.

https://madmuseum.org/events/mad-moments-andre-leon-talley-and-darren-walker

A little fashion inspo for your trip through the snowy tundra. ______Yvonne Porcella Snow on Mount Fuji, 1985.Silk found...
02/02/2021

A little fashion inspo for your trip through the snowy tundra.

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Yvonne Porcella
Snow on Mount Fuji, 1985.
Silk foundation, cotton and silk patchwork layer, polyester batting; pieced, quilted

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This Black History Month, we are amplifying the Black makers in the MAD Collection who have made major contributions to ...
02/01/2021

This Black History Month, we are amplifying the Black makers in the MAD Collection who have made major contributions to the arts and craft movement but were not always given the recognition that they deserved.

In 1972, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Director, Francis Sumner Merritt, was having difficulty recruiting Black participants for an international summer session featuring African artists that he was organizing. He reached out to weaver Allen Fannin to ask for his help in developing contacts, recognizing the program's lack of diversity. In response, Fannin addressed what he called the ‘black craftsman situation.” Fannin stated, “While the political goals of the craft reveal were devised with good intentions, they did little to address the everyday needs of non-white artists” Fannin believed that during that time, the craft scene was controlled by elitist white artists who were more focused on the fine art aspect of the moment rather than the “ technical and design skills of craftsmen to improve the goods that general run of people buy and use every day.” Fannin believed that the lack of focus on the craftsman excluded many Black makers and ignored many of the pressing social issues they faced at that time.

Fannin went on to work with Merritt to organize the 1974 summer session ‘ American Black Crafts,’ which ran during the same time as the program led by African artists. Established and emerging Black artists in craft attended the event.

Allen Fannin was a true craftsman. From 1965 to 1995, he and his wife, Dorothy Fannin, ran Fannin Spinners and Weavers. The Fannins were involved in various aspects of the weaving process, from designing and spinning yarns to providing specialty ready-to-cut fabric to major clients, including Talbots and even the U.S. Navy. Working on looms that Allen built or created himself, the Fannins straddled the line between hand weaving and advanced automated production. From 1997 until he died in 2004, Fannin taught textile design and technology at Syracuse University’s School of Art and Design.
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#AllenFannin
#DorothyFannin
Hand-spun flax, rayon; woven

Photograph of Allen Fannin

“ Wall Street was based on the Bloomberg screen of the stock market results, I used to have it on TV with the sound turn...
01/31/2021

“ Wall Street was based on the Bloomberg screen of the stock market results, I used to have it on TV with the sound turned off because I liked the way it looked.” - Brian Clarke.

Several of Brian Clarke’s pieces featured in The Art of Light, including Wall Street, play with numbers and letters. Clarke calls these screens “cosmological,” which he defines as an exploration of iconography and symbolism. The charts in this piece do not have practical meaning. Instead, they are symbols that represent the overall power that finance has across the globe.

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Brian Clarke
Wall Street, 2017
Stained glass in wooden frame

Photo: Jenna Bascom

Jewelry artist Ester Knobel  creates delicate, content-rich jewelry inspired by memories of the past and the mundane mom...
01/30/2021

Jewelry artist Ester Knobel creates delicate, content-rich jewelry inspired by memories of the past and the mundane moments of daily life.

For the artist’s Warrior series, now on view in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947, she created flatten forms based on images of traditional warriors. Reduced to simple geometric shapes and featuring playful color combinations, all the figures are positioned in active warrior positions. Knobel created the pieces using recycled tin found on her daily walks through the streets of Jerusalem.

If you take a closer look, you will notice that the brooches close using the figures’ bow and arrows!
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Esther Knobel

Warrior,1985
Reused tin can, paint, stainless steel; embossed and fabricated

Archer, 1985
Reused tin can, paint, stainless steel, elastic band; embossed and fabricated

Crusader, 1985.
Reused tin can, paint, stainless steel; embossed and fabricated

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Sculptor and friend of MAD, Peter Voulkos, was born on this day in 1924.Voulkos defied rules of proper mid-century craft...
01/29/2021

Sculptor and friend of MAD, Peter Voulkos, was born on this day in 1924.

Voulkos defied rules of proper mid-century craft techniques and form to reinvent his medium completely. The artist combined wheel throwing with slab building, traditional glazes with epoxy paint, figuration with abstraction, and made huge ceramic structures with complex internal engineering. His sculptures blurred the lines between traditional ceramic crafts and fine art. Peter Voulkos's out of the box ideas and methods paved the way for new techniques in clay still being used today.

Tap the link below for a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of Voulkos: The Breakthrough, our 2016 exhibition dedicated to Voulkos’s early career.

https://madmuseum.org/video/curator-walkthrough-peter-voulkos-breakthrough-years
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#PeterVoulkos
Vase, 1956
Stoneware, slip; wheel-thrown, slab-formed

The  Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy catalogue is now available for pre-order at The Store at MAD. Collective Elegy is a m...
01/29/2021

The Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy catalogue is now available for pre-order at The Store at MAD.

Collective Elegy is a major scholarly appraisal of Beth Lipman’s innovative work. Exhibition curator Samantha De Tillio highlights the themes of history, material culture, and environment found in Lipman’s work. De Tillio also discusses what it means to be an environmentally conscious artist or curator with the artist herself.

Reserve your copy now!

https://thestore.madmuseum.org/collections/catalogs-books/products/beth-lipman-collective-elegy?_ga=2.241705218.1604252831.1611589999-26777757.1575638898

Tune in Alert! Tonight NYC-ARTS visits the Museum to talk with curator Samatha De Tillio about our current exhibition, B...
01/28/2021
Coming up on NYC-ARTS: Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy - NYC-ARTS

Tune in Alert!

Tonight NYC-ARTS visits the Museum to talk with curator Samatha De Tillio about our current exhibition, Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy. Learn more about the exhibition Beth Lipman's practice. Tune in or stream the full episode at 8 pm ET.

https://www.nyc-arts.org/showclips/151628/coming-nyc-arts-beth-lipman-collective-elegies-4ulutc

Coming up on NYC-ARTS, a visit to the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle for the “Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy” exhibition. Featuring works by American artist Beth Lipman, “Collective Elegy” includes objects crafted in metal and clay, photographs, video and spectacular works of gl...

International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945. Today is ...
01/27/2021

International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945. Today is a day to remember the millions murdered by the Nazi regime and their collaborators.

In 1985 artist Judy Chicago and her husband, photographer Donald Woodman, began work on the Holocaust Project, a series of pieces constructed as a journey into the darkness of the Holocaust and out into the light of hope. The eight-year project started when Chicago and Woodman traveled to Europe to research the impact of the Holocaust and retrace the steps of their ancestors who had lived through this period.

While works in the series included tapestries, stained glass, and photography, the focal point in the project was The Fall tapestry. The tapestry depicts the ways in which Nazi brutality relates to many other forms of oppression and exploitation throughout human history.

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Judy Chicago
Audrey Cowan
The Fall (from the Holocaust Project), 1993.

Join us for a night at the museum! We are excited to announce the return of our Thursday night extended hours. Starting ...
01/27/2021

Join us for a night at the museum!

We are excited to announce the return of our Thursday night extended hours. Starting tomorrow, enjoy our special admission offer of 2-for-1 tickets from 5 - 8 pm. Bring a friend and explore our current exhibitions, including Brian Clarke: The Art of Light, Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy, and 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now.

Tomorrow you will also be able to enjoy a special Thursday edition of Music at MAD featuring a performance by international violinist and recipient of the 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, Stella Chen. The music will start at 6 pm.

Tap the link below to book your timed tickets.
https://madmuseum.org/visit

“I am determined to see my artwork evolve, to enhance my aesthetic sense, and to demonstrate the unique qualities of bam...
01/26/2021

“I am determined to see my artwork evolve, to enhance my aesthetic sense, and to demonstrate the unique qualities of bamboo, which is, for me, the best material for creating sculpture.”

MAD Collection artist Honda Syoryu combines traditional Japanese bamboo basket making techniques with striking sculptural forms. Syoryu started his career creating functional pieces like trays, vases, and dishes. But in the 1990s, he started making more abstract forms that investigate shapes in nature. After years of technical training, including the basics of cutting, dyeing, and plaiting, Syoryu is now considered a master in the medium.

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Honda Syoryu
Spring, 2001.
Bamboo, metal

This Wednesday at 2 pm, join associate curator Barbara Paris Gifford for an online discussion of the soon-to-be-released...
01/25/2021

This Wednesday at 2 pm, join associate curator Barbara Paris Gifford for an online discussion of the soon-to-be-released book Quiet Elegance: The Jewelry of Eleanor Moty. Gifford will be joined by Moty herself, Racine Art Museum Executive Director Bruce Pepich, and curatorial consultant and former gallerist Helen W. Drutt. Curator Matthew Drutt will moderate the conversation as the panel reflects on Eleanor Moty’s 50 plus year career. Learn about the artist’s trailblazing work in photo etching and electroforming and her unique stonework.

Tap the link below for tickets.

https://madmuseum.org/events/mad-loupe-eleanor-motys-quiet-elegance

When discussing stained glass as a medium, Brian Clarke has said,” Stained glass has been regarded as a metaphor for the...
01/24/2021

When discussing stained glass as a medium, Brian Clarke has said,” Stained glass has been regarded as a metaphor for the divine for over a millennium because light has been regarded as a metaphor for the divine.” By removing it from the church, he brings new meaning to the medium. “Originally, the church was where stained glass was born and nourished, and to have it have another life, you had to drag it kicking and screaming out of an ecclesiastical environment and into an urban, secular life.”

Visit the Online Learning Lab and read our latest Object Lesson to learn more about Clarke's process and discover how to make your own stained-glass inspired artwork.

https://madmuseum.org/learn/cherry-blossoms-2017
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Brian Clarke
Cherry Blossoms, 2017
Stained glass and wooden frame

The items featured in Beth Lipman’s Whatnot 1 include casts of personal mementos given to her by some of her artist frie...
01/23/2021

The items featured in Beth Lipman’s Whatnot 1 include casts of personal mementos given to her by some of her artist friends during her difficult pregnancy with her twin daughters. The piece, a memento mori, is an artistic representation of mortality. Typically memento mori feature relevant symbols like hourglasses, weeping willows, skeletons, and skulls. This piece is the first time Lipman included aspects of the human body, including the head, heart, and legs in her work. While known for her use of colorless glass, Lipman used monochromatic black glass for this piece as a nod to Victorian mourning culture.

View this work and more now on view in Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy. Tap the link below for timed tickets.

https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/beth-lipman-collective-elegy

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Beth Lipman
Whatnot 1, 2010.
Glass, wood, paint, adhesive

We're excited to announce the return of Music at MAD! The informal live in-gallery music series restarts tomorrow from 2...
01/22/2021

We're excited to announce the return of Music at MAD!

The informal live in-gallery music series restarts tomorrow from 2 – 4 pm with a performance by Shenghua Hu, the principal second violin, at The Metropolitan Opera.

Curated by Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd of Boyd Meets Girl, #MusicatMAD includes performances from international soloists, Grammy winners, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Met Opera, and more. The artists will perform works crossing a range of genres—from classical to contemporary. Enjoy this safe, socially distanced musical experience as you explore our current exhibition, Brian Clarke: The Art Light.

You never know who else might show up!

Upcoming artists include:

Stella Chen, violin, international soloist, 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition winner

Andrew Yee, cello, member of Grammy-winning Attacca Quartet

Nathan Vickery, cellist, New York Philharmonic

Qianqian Li, principal second violin, New York Philharmonic

Molly Carr, viola soloist, faculty of the Juilliard School and Bard College Conservatory

Monica Davis, violin, member of the orchestra for the Broadway production of Hamilton

Visit the link below for the performance lineup and additional details.

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The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields—presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving 21st-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.


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So upset about my recent experience with the Solar (sp) cubes. On the day I got an e mail offering the cubes I ordered. Foolishly I was going to apply my membership discount. Back and forth e mails. saw my membership expired in March; so rejoined as an Itinerant (?) for $75. Ended up ordering without discount. Fine; Then yesterday got an e mail that my order was cancelled. I have been a member, out of town and now here for many years. Before the virus and before I got to 90 this Feb. I would visit the Museum, taking the train to Penn and then a local to Columbus Circle. So much fun. Many of my craftspeople friends are represented at your store. One, Hitomi Jacobs was also featured prominently one year. But now I have to go outside the Museum to find a replacement. I can't go out shopping so here I am e mailing my favorite Museum.
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United States plastic artists. We think of you as an American artist who wants his work to be known in South America, Central America and Europe. We invite you to participate in the virtual contest of the renowned arts group Universo de las Artes Brazil / Argentina. A catalog will be made with 5 photos of each artist's works, mini biography and all contacts. Great publicity on Social Networks. The artist chooses the theme and style to be presented. The three winners will have the reproduction of their works exhibited in Brazil at the Ateliê and Galeria de Arte Buana Lima in a physical exhibition entitled to a certificate of participation. More information [email protected]
Hello, I’m taking part in a “Crafting during covid-19” Type of exhibition (called Covidesign) in Copenhagen, Denmark December to April. I’ve done embroidery work of unusual mask wearers. A friend of mine said my work was something your museum would probably enjoy, but there is no email that I can find so I’m posting it here. I don’t know how it all works but I get my work back in April and didn’t know if you would be interested in that type of show come spring?
Spent the pandemic making amazing art? Now you need to share it! Join other artists for the latest exhibition from The Pure Arts group.
Hi I saw this image on your page. Who is the artist and is it currently on display? Thanks so much.
Amazing exhibit to see in NYC!!!
New way web design using art and design methodology 👇👇
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