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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.

Pigeons are Black Doves is among a series of banners multidisciplinary artist Cauleen Smith created in response to the p...
05/30/2020

Pigeons are Black Doves is among a series of banners multidisciplinary artist Cauleen Smith created in response to the proliferation of videotaped shootings of black men and youths. Smith produced the series after the killing of Tamir Rice, a twelve-year old African American boy shot by a Cleveland police officer in 2014. Trying to give voice to her outrage and despair, Smith started jotting down phrases and mantras into her sketchbook. These ultimately became the inspiration for her banners, which were to be used in a procession-style performance with specially commissioned gospel music.

Reflecting on her work as a form of activism, Smith has said: What I hope my work is capable of is for individuals, it’s for just any one person. If there’s just enough of an opening in them that they think about themselves or the world, or just think—and not even think differently, but just think for a moment. Just contemplate. Just open up a little bit—then I’ve done my job.

Click the link below to learn more about Smith’s piece and find inspiration to create your own form of artistic activism to raise awareness for the urgent need for racial and social justice.

https://madmuseum.org/learn/pigeons-are-black-doves-2017

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#CauleenSmith
Pigeons are Black Doves (from "In the Wake"), 2017
Textile, sequins, acrylic paint

It’s Friday. Time to treat yourself and #grabyourgoblet!#CristinaDias Criatura #6, 2007Silicone rubber, pigment, fiber, ...
05/29/2020

It’s Friday. Time to treat yourself and #grabyourgoblet!

#CristinaDias
Criatura #6, 2007
Silicone rubber, pigment, fiber, steel wire

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#MADCollection
#MuseumFromHome

This is the final weekend to submit your application for the 2021 Burke Prize! Don’t miss your chance to be considered f...
05/29/2020
Open Call for the 2021 Burke Prize

This is the final weekend to submit your application for the 2021 Burke Prize! Don’t miss your chance to be considered for this unrestricted award of $50,000 and a major exhibition with a select group of finalists at the Museum!

The #BurkePrize is a #contemporaryart prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood.

One 2021 Burke Prize artist will also be selected for the biannual Burke Residency at The Studio of @corningmuseum.

Applications are due by this Sunday, May 31st, at 11:59 pm.
https://madmuseum.org/opportunities/open-call-2021-burke-prize

The Burke Prize is a contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood. Selected by a diverse and distinguished jury of curators, artists, and scholars through an open-call application process, the Burk...

We invite art-making families to join #MADArtistStudios alum Lexy Ho-Tai for Digital Drop-in: Puppet Making, this Saturd...
05/28/2020
Digital Drop-in: Puppet Making

We invite art-making families to join #MADArtistStudios alum Lexy Ho-Tai for Digital Drop-in: Puppet Making, this Saturday (May 30) at 10 am ET. Learn the basic puppet mechanics of creating a mouth that moves, using materials from around the house!

MAD’s Digital Drop-ins are for participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.

https://madmuseum.org/events/digital-drop-puppet-making

Sign on for a live artist-led tutorial on experimenting with craft and design processes upcycling materials found at home. During this fun and informal workshop, MAD Artist Studios alum Lexy Ho-Tai will guide participants in the introductory puppet mechanic of constructing a mouth that moves.

As a sneak peek of what’s to come in December, at the twentieth-anniversary celebration of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, our ...
05/28/2020

As a sneak peek of what’s to come in December, at the twentieth-anniversary celebration of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, our #LOOT2020 artists have created a special online sale of their newest pieces!

The latest group of featured artists include Jocelyn DeSisto, Paula Giecco, Evgeniia Balashova, DeeLyn Walsh, Abby Mosseri, Miki Asai, Marion Lebouteiller, and Claire Underwood.

MAD is proud to celebrate our artist community. Proceeds from LOOT Online will benefit participating artists and the Museum’s educational programming.

Shop now: https://thestore.madmuseum.org/pages/loot-mad-about-jewelry-2020-online-sale

More artists will be added next month!

And don’t forget to mark your calendar for our LOOT celebration at the Museum the week of December 7!
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#MADAboutJewelry

Enjoying some golden rays from our #wcw Beatrice Wood.
Nicknamed "Mama of Dada," early in her career, #BeatriceWood beca...
05/27/2020

Enjoying some golden rays from our #wcw Beatrice Wood.


Nicknamed "Mama of Dada," early in her career, #BeatriceWood became best known for her luster-glazed ceramics - but it happened by accident.

After purchasing a pair of baroque plates during a trip to the Netherlands, Wood wanted to find a matching teapot. After an unsuccessful search, she decided to make one herself. At the age of 40, Wood enrolled in a ceramics class at Hollywood High School. The class launched Wood's 60-year plus ceramic practice, but she never ended up making that matching teapot.

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Beatrice Wood
Gold Luster Bowl, 1968
Earthenware, luster glaze

#MuseumFromHome
#womencrushwednesday
#Contemporarycraft

Grab a drink 🍷  and drop in for our virtual Design Happy Hour tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm ET!Metalsmiths Brice Garrett, ...
05/26/2020
Design Happy Hour: Pendant Necklaces

Grab a drink 🍷 and drop in for our virtual Design Happy Hour tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm ET!

Metalsmiths Brice Garrett, a #MADAritstiStudioAlum, and Sasha Nixon, member of MAD’s exhibition team and independent curator, will join us from their home studios for a lively 45-minute jewelry design demonstration using simple jeweler’s tools. Ask questions as you watch Brice and Sasha at work, creating pendants set with stones and found objects.

https://madmuseum.org/events/design-happy-hour-pendant-necklaces

#MuseumFromHome
#JewelryMaking
#VirtualWorkshop

Grab a drink and drop in for our virtual Design Happy Hour! Metalsmiths Brice Garrett and Sasha Nixon will join us from their home studios for a lively 45-minute demonstration of jewelry design using simple jeweler’s tools. Pose questions as you observe Brice and Sasha at work crafting pendants ...

LOOT: MAD About Jewelry Virtual Trunk Showthis Thursday, May 28 at 3pm ET,  featuring LOOT Alumnae  Tania Clarke Hall Je...
05/26/2020

LOOT: MAD About Jewelry Virtual Trunk Show
this Thursday, May 28 at 3pm ET, featuring LOOT Alumnae Tania Clarke Hall Jewellery and Shenhav Russo!

#MADAboutJewelry2020

Don’t miss our next LOOT: MAD About Jewelry Virtual Trunk Show this Thursday, May 28, at 3 pm ET featuring Loot Alumnae
Tania Clarke Hall Jewellery and Shenhav Russo.

Join the artists live in conversation with LOOT curator Bryna Pomp. See what the artists are working on now. Learn about their processes and inspirations, and—best of all—purchase the pieces you love!

Trunk show attendees will receive a special 15% savings on all trunk show purchases through June 11.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2snwlssYTROU-jYEJzO7Cw

This #MemorialDay, we remember all of those, known and unknown, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our c...
05/25/2020

This #MemorialDay, we remember all of those, known and unknown, who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

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Aaron Macsai
Remember to Love, 2001.
Metal, found objects, human teeth, glass, fabric

#MADCollection
#MuseumFromHome

Cheers to the long holiday weekend  and the unofficial start of #summer!Step away from your #WFH desk.  #Grabyourgoblet....
05/22/2020

Cheers to the long holiday weekend and the unofficial start of #summer!

Step away from your #WFH desk. #Grabyourgoblet. And stay safe!
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Marvin Lipofsky
Irv Tepper Memorial Hot Dog Cup (from the "Great American Food" series), 1973.
Blown glass

#MADCollection
#MuseumFromHome
#MemorialDayWeekend

Hey, #filmfanatics!🎞 No #MemorialDay BBQ plans? Celebrate the Netflix US premiere of Uncut Gems 💎 with the MAD Movie Clu...
05/22/2020
Netflix Party: Uncut Gems

Hey, #filmfanatics!🎞 No #MemorialDay BBQ plans? Celebrate the Netflix US premiere of Uncut Gems 💎 with the MAD Movie Club!

Join associate curator of public programs Lydia Brawner, filmmaker Jeannie Sui Wonder, and fellow cinephiles, this Monday at 8 pm EST for a Netflix Party while viewing the newest jewelry caper classic!

Uncut Gems (2019) is infused with real-world textures, but made with the grittiness of a 70s crime drama. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, the brothers create an unscripted and live-wire atmosphere in which anything might happen. At the center is an illicit black opal that basketball star Kevin Garnett (playing himself) and New York diamond district jeweler Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) both know will alter their destinies.

See you at the movies!🍿

Register: https://madmuseum.org/events/netflix-party-uncut-gems

Uncut Gems (2019) is infused with real-world textures, but made with the grittiness of a 70s crime drama. Directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, the brothers create an unscripted and live-wire atmosphere in which anything might happen. At the center is an illicit black opal that basketball star Kevin G...

#TBT As we continue to celebrate the legacy of former Director Paul J. Smith (1931-2020), we are taking a look back at s...
05/21/2020

#TBT As we continue to celebrate the legacy of former Director Paul J. Smith (1931-2020), we are taking a look back at some of the most memorable exhibitions presented during his twenty-four-year tenure.

The 1970 exhibition, Contemplation Environment, examined the way architecture and place making can create environments that nurture meditative activity, and drew comparisons between traditional houses of worship and countercultural philosophies.

Smith stated in the exhibition catalog's introduction:" This exhibition does not deal with the process of contemplation as such, but rather with physical surroundings which somehow elicit a response which can be called contemplative. There can be said to exist a kind of ineffable presence in the architectural space itself which exerts a quieting, peaceful influence on the mind and emotions of the individual who enters it."

For the exhibition, artists, including Ted Hallman and Wendall Castle were invited to create their own contemplative spaces, and visitors were able to experience each artists' unique space. Smith noted that the show brought attention to the need for contemplation spaces and highlighted new ways of creating privacy in urban environments.

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‘Contemplation Environments’ exhibition catalog, Emil Antonucci

#TedHallman in his Meditation Environment, made for the exhibition Contemplation Environments, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, 1970

Installation view of Inner Space Object by Viktor Lukens in Contemplation Environments, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, 1970.

#WendellCastle inside of Enclosed Reclining Environment for One, made for the exhibition Contemplation Environments, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, 1970.

Images courtesy of American Craft Council

#ThePaulSmithYears
#MuseumFromHome
#MuseumMomentofZen

05/20/2020

As we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (#APAHM), today’s #WCW is Japanese American fiber artist and ceramicist Alice Kagawa Parrott.

Parrott was both an accomplished artist and a successful entrepreneur. The #MADCollection artist was known for her large scale woven hangings but also designed smaller functional weavings, clothing, and cushions that were featured in her store, The Market. Opened in 1958, it was the first crafts shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parrott’s colorful and vibrant designs were inspired by the indigenous weaving traditions of Santa Fe, Mexico, Guatemala, and her years as a student at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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#AliceKagawaParrott
Double Petal,1963.
Wool; woven

#MuseumFromHome
#womencrushwednesday

Our Instagram Lives series, Lydia’s Lunch Break, returns Thursday at 12:30 pm EST! This week MAD Associate Curator of Pu...
05/19/2020

Our Instagram Lives series, Lydia’s Lunch Break, returns Thursday at 12:30 pm EST! This week MAD Associate Curator of Public Programs, Lydia Brawner, will visit 2019 MAD Artist Fellow Anthony Akinbola virtually in his Brooklyn studio. Tune in to find out what Akinbola has been working on, and what his self-care practice has been during these times.

#AnthonyAkinbola at the opening of his installation, Local Import.
Photo by: Heidi Bohnenkamp

#MuseumFromHome

Happy #InternationalMuseumDayWe thank you for being a part of the MAD community. It is all of you that make us who we ar...
05/18/2020

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay

We thank you for being a part of the MAD community. It is all of you that make us who we are. We are grateful for your support more than ever during these times.

We look forward to reconnecting with you at 2 Columbus Circle when the time is right. Until then, we encourage you to continue to #MuseumFromHome with us through our Online Learning Lab, digital workshops, virtual artists talks, and more to come this summer!

Known for her ambitious installations, Judy Pfaff’s (@judy.pfaff) large scale paper-based piece, Bogue Lusa, was feature...
05/18/2020

Known for her ambitious installations, Judy Pfaff’s (@judy.pfaff) large scale paper-based piece, Bogue Lusa, was featured in the 2009 MAD exhibition, Slash: Paper under the Paper. The exhibition explored the renaissance in the use of paper in contemporary art.

Discussing her use of paper, Pfaff once said, “The mutability of paper, its beauty, its deep history, and especially the ease of assembling offers up so many forms. As a sculptor, I am usually fabricating and moving large and small unwieldy steel and plaster objects. Paper affords a kind of freedom and joy. . . . at this time, for me, this is something essential.”

Visit the Online Learning Lab to watch Pfaff describe the sensory experience of creating and viewing Bogue Lusa.

https://madmuseum.org/content/studio-judy-pfaff
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#JudyPfaff
Bogue Lusa, 2009
Paper (hosho, honeycomb, and joss), coffee filters, paper, and silk flowers, rice starch paste, bamboo parasol

#MuseumFromHome
#Museummomentofzen

There are only two more weeks to apply to the 2021 #BurkePrize! Applications are due by Sunday, May 31st.The Burke Prize...
05/17/2020

There are only two more weeks to apply to the 2021 #BurkePrize! Applications are due by Sunday, May 31st.

The Burke Prize is a contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood.
Don’t miss your chance to receive an unrestricted award of $50,000 and a major exhibition with a select group of finalists at the Museum. One 2021 Burke Prize artist will also be selected for the biannual Burke Residency at The Studio of The @CorningMuseum.

Click the link in the bio to submit your application today!
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Cochlea (Snail), 2018. 2018 finalist Brittany Nicole Cox

Let Him Speak First (positives), 2019. 2019 finalist Elizabeth Alexander

Nest, 2017. 2018 finalist Annie Evelyn

Homage to Finding, 2018. 2019 finalist Julie Schenkelberg

#burkeprize2021
#opencall
#artistopportunity

05/17/2020
Digital Drop-In: Appliqué Quilt Blocks

This Tuesday, MAD Artist Studio alum and our favorite goddess bread maker, Emily Oliveira, will lead Digital Drop-in: Applique Quilt Blocks. Oliveira will guide you in applying basic quilting techniques to make a small quilting block using recycled materials around your home.

MAD’s Digital Drop-Ins are for participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.

To register: https://bit.ly/3fVpV82

"Kid! I have one word for you. The future is PLASTICS!" Mr. Robinson shouted across movie screens in 1967, attempting to...
05/16/2020

"Kid! I have one word for you. The future is PLASTICS!" Mr. Robinson shouted across movie screens in 1967, attempting to persuade a newly graduated Dustin Hoffman, and us, to invest our future in the promising new family of materials. While Mr. Robinson was clearly on-trend, MAD (Museum of Contemporary Crafts back then) took a decade before it started to acquire plastics for the collection.

Plastic may have been a four-letter material in the institutional definition of craft, but artists had been excited and experimenting with it much earlier, starting first in the field of fiber and textiles. One pioneering piece in MAD's collection is a 1959 woven panel for the auto interiors of the Lincoln Continental, designed by Finnish emigre Marianne Strengell, a professor at Cranbrook who influenced Ed Rossbach and Jack Lenor Larsen in their own innovative work with plastics in textiles. By the late 1960s, a number of artists continued explorations into the physical and aesthetic versatility of the material. Kay Sekimachi wove ghostly, enigmatic sculptures that express the translucent delicacy of nylon thread. Freda Koblick sculpted a column of clear solid acrylic, hollowed and cut on the bias, revealing the potential optical undulations and gradient transparency of the material. Wendy Ramshaw followed the youthquake taste for fast fashion and the disposable, creating a line of paper jewelry replete with flat-pack sunglasses with orange-tinted plastic film as lenses. Pushing pop to an absurd end, Kim Newcomb used a ready-made plastic lunch tray to present her iridescent blown glass hot dogs, potato chips, and soda. Plastic wasn't just a new mod material. It also had a place in the counterculture, in acrylic fiber woven and knotted with cotton on a cubic steel frame to form Ted Hallman's Meditation Environment. But the optimism of the late 1960s would give way to much more subtle, subversive, and sinister nuances to plastic… - Windage Research Curator Christian Larsen #iconsoftheMADCollection

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Marianne Strengell, 1959 Lincoln Continental Panel, 1959
Ed Rossbach, Hanging Wall, 1969
Jack Lenor Larsen, Magnum, 1970
Kay Sekimachi, Nagare IIII, 1968
Freda Koblick, Column 1, 1968
Wendy Ramshaw, “Something Special” Paper, c. 1968
Kim Newcomb, Hot Dogs, and Potato Chips, 1968.
Wendy Ramshaw, “Something Special” Paper, c. 1968
Ted Hallman, Meditation Environment, 1969

Walking into the weekend like … Time to #grabyourgoblet!Fritz Dreisbach does not use a lamp or torch for his glass piece...
05/15/2020

Walking into the weekend like …

Time to #grabyourgoblet!

Fritz Dreisbach does not use a lamp or torch for his glass pieces; he prefers using a furnace. The artist started making goblets in 1964 after accidentally enrolling in a glass course while pursuing a graduate degree in painting at the University of Iowa.

Dreisbach is known for designing goblets that allow drinking from either end. The Flamingo Goblets series features flamingos poised on one leg, situated between a tall champagne trumpet and spherical cognac snifter. The series combined Dreisbach’s techniques and aesthetics of the 1970s.

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#MADCollection
#MuseumFromHome
#GlassArt

#FritzDreisbach
Pink Flamingo, Reverse Goblet, 1992.
Hand-blown glass

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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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