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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 tradi

tional 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.

The moment is almost over here at MAD! There is less than a month left to experience Taylor Swift: Storyteller! The spec...
03/01/2024

The moment is almost over here at MAD! There is less than a month left to experience Taylor Swift: Storyteller! The special exhibition highlights the reinventions of the 14-time GRAMMY Award–winning artist, highlighting iconic ensembles from fan-favorite music videos, including “Shake It Off” (2014), “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Bejeweled” (2022), concert attire, ephemera, music videos and more.

Taylor Swift: Storyteller is on view through March 24.
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/taylor-swift-storyteller

“These soft works conform to the body while subverting expectations through their functionality or illusory effects achi...
02/29/2024

“These soft works conform to the body while subverting expectations through their functionality or illusory effects achieved through material layerings, inviting the user to explore new possibilities with their bodies. My furniture work refers to the history of design and research in the fields of anthropology and psychology in order to address the ongoing crisis of alienation in the digital era.” - Luam Melake

Multidisciplinary designer Luam Melake intertwines craft and industrial design to create unique handwoven sculptures and furniture that explore the psychological impacts of objects. Most recently, the designer explored the ways furniture can not only position the body but can prompt social interactions, encourage intimacy, and, as a result, improve psychological well-being.

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Image 1: Laum Melake portrait
Image 2: Supportive Chair, 2021
Urethane, polyurethane foam, dyes
Photo: Joe Kramm

02/23/2024

This is the final weekend to experience Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me. Adopting the structures of theatre, Outside the Palace of Me functions as a metaphor for the construction and presentation of self. Within its confines, the audience alternates between the role of observer and observed as they engage with an array of uncanny characters and objects—from the miniature to the monumental.

Tap the link in bio for tickets.

Artist Ebony G. Patterson debuted her first solo exhibition in New York,  “Dead Treez,” in the MAD galleries in 2015. Pa...
02/22/2024

Artist Ebony G. Patterson debuted her first solo exhibition in New York, “Dead Treez,” in the MAD galleries in 2015.

Patterson, who divides her time between Lexington, Kentucky, and Kingston, Jamaica, creates highly embellished tapestries and mixed-media installations. Her work addresses visibility, and often invisibility, through intersectional lenses of class, gender, and race. Patterson’s work also often contemplates violence, pageantry, and postcolonial spaces.

For “Dead Treez,” Patterson arranged ten male mannequins wearing various floral patterns and a series of five tapestries. Her mannequin installation reflects on masculinity and postcolonial Jamaica’s dancehall culture, which is seen as a celebration of disenfranchised people. Her tapestries, portraying deconstructed representations of murder victims, force viewers to acknowledge the underreported brutality often experienced by individuals segmented into lower socio-economic classes.

Patterson also constructed “…buried again to carry on growing…” in MAD’S Tiffany Jewelry Gallery. Using jewelry from the permanent collection and poisonous plants, she created a garden-like environment in recognition of the violence endured by marginalized communities. Within her constructed vegetation, cloaked figures were placed alongside collection objects as though they had belonged to the lost ones in the underbrush.

Tomorrow, February 22, join puppeteer and fiber artist J Hann for a workshop exploring the storytelling art of crankie b...
02/21/2024

Tomorrow, February 22, join puppeteer and fiber artist J Hann for a workshop exploring the storytelling art of crankie boxes. Derived from the ancient uses of scrolls to illustrate and share epic tales, crankie boxes are constructed from cardboard boxes, dowels, and paper scrolls. You will build your own crankie box and illustrate a story for your crankie scroll. For ages 16 and up.

Tap the link in bio to reserve your spot; space is limited.

Happy President's Day! We're open today from 10 am - 6 pm. Tap the link below to book your tickets:https://madmuseum.org...
02/19/2024

Happy President's Day! We're open today from 10 am - 6 pm. Tap the link below to book your tickets:

https://madmuseum.org/visit
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Taylor Swift
Midnights Collection 2022 - "Vote For Me For Everything" pin tin

We're open tomorrow! Make it a MAD Monday!After a lie-in, rise and add some shine to your day with a visit to MAD. We'll...
02/18/2024

We're open tomorrow! Make it a MAD Monday!
After a lie-in, rise and add some shine to your day with a visit to MAD. We'll be open from 10 am to 6 pm. So you can…

Catch the final week of Shary Boyle’s artfully crafted world of performance in Outside the Palace of Me.
Discover craft’s surreal side in Craft Front & Center.
Indulge your inner “Swiftie” in Taylor Swift: Storyteller’s fashion, film, and more.

Tap the link in bio to reserve your tickets now!
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Coille McLaughlin Hooven
No Names, 1992
Porcelain

Tomorrow, February 18 from 10:30 am - 12 pm, join us for Family Studio: Needlepoint & Cross Stitch and discover the rich...
02/17/2024

Tomorrow, February 18 from 10:30 am - 12 pm, join us for Family Studio: Needlepoint & Cross Stitch and discover the rich tapestry of needlepointing and cross stitching, from traditional motifs to contemporary designs. We’ll provide the essentials—fabric, hoop, needle, and a spectrum of colorful threads—along with expert guidance from Artist Studios alum Syd Abady to help create shared memories. Join us for an engaging experience that connects craft, culture, and community and add a personal touch to your home with your own, handmade artistry.

Family Studio is a collaborative workshop for children ages five and up and their caregivers to learn, explore, and create together. Space is limited. Tap the link in bio to reserve your spot.

Don’t miss your last chance to meet MAD’s talented Artist Fellow and Residents! There’s only one more week to visit our ...
02/15/2024

Don’t miss your last chance to meet MAD’s talented Artist Fellow and Residents!
There’s only one more week to visit our studios and converse with artists Christian Moses, Jacquelyn Stryker, and Johnathan Payne before we bid them farewell! Located on the sixth floor, the Museum’s Open Studios allow visitors to speak with, learn, and view in-progress works from artists working across a variety of mediums within the fields of art, craft, and design.

Join us in celebrating their residencies on Wednesday, February 21st, from 6-8 pm for their closing artist talks and studio tours. Tap the link below to register:

https://madmuseum.org/events/artist-talks-and-open-studios-1

Can’t wait until next week? Visit the studios this week during the hours below...

Christian Moses: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:30-5:30
Jacquelyn Stryker: Thursday 10:30-5:30
Johnathan Payne: Friday 10:30-5:30

Happy Valentine's Day, Lovers!  Celebrating all kinds of love today.  🩷🩷🩷 Be sure to visit TaylorSwift: Storyteller befo...
02/14/2024

Happy Valentine's Day, Lovers! Celebrating all kinds of love today. 🩷🩷🩷

Be sure to visit TaylorSwift: Storyteller before it closes on March 24. If you miss it, you'll definitely be heartbroken.

Tap the link below for tickets.
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/taylor-swift-storyteller
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Image ( l to r):

Lover (2019) Robe by Agent Provocateur, Brassiere by Simone Pérèle, and Shorts by Morgan Lane From the "You Need to Calm Down" music video, 2019

Blazer, Top, and Shorts by Versace and Boots by Christian Louboutin From the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, New Jersey, August 26, 2019

Shirt by Marina Hoermanseder, Shorts by Yves Saint Laurent, Brassiere by Fleur du Mal, Boots by Irregular Choice, and Flamingos by Ohuhu From the "You Need to Calm Down" music video, 2019

02/09/2024

Shary Boyle’s Outside the Palace of Me has reached its final two weeks! Make sure to visit MAD to experience the artist’s New York City museum debut before it closes.

Using various mediums, the artist explores how individuals and communities are forced to perform in our increasingly complex and flawed society. Employing the language of theatre, Boyle has transformed MAD’s galleries into a stage as she considers what brings us together and keeps us apart. Outside the Palace of Me communicates Boyle’s attempts to grapple with growing global anxieties and encourages its viewers to contemplate various issues alongside her expertly crafted figurative and sculptural works.

Called “transportive, theatrical, whimsical, and captivating” by The Wall Street Journal and a “contemporary art fun house” by the New York Times, Boyle’s skillfulness is a can’t-miss. Visit Outside the Palace of Me through February 25.

Can’t make it to the Museum in person? Visit MAD on the Blas app to listen to Boyle’s complete audio guide at home!

Native American artist Marcus Amerman learned the art of beading from his family and elders. Amerman meticulously beads ...
02/08/2024

Native American artist Marcus Amerman learned the art of beading from his family and elders. Amerman meticulously beads photographs to create detailed pictorial works. Half Choctaw and half Irish American, he incorporates humor and Pop references to confront Native American stereotypes and explore his biracial identity. In this bracelet, Amerman replicates an image of the Lone Ranger standing in front of Tonto, a concise satire of the everyday racism experienced by Native Americans.

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Marcus Amerman
Untitled (Lone Ranger and Tonto bracelet), 2004
Glass seed beads, leather, thread, rubberized cotton, brass blank

Think Pink and Save! 🩷❤️🩷❤️Now through Feb 14, enjoy 20% off all pink and red gifts in-store and online.* Use promo code...
02/07/2024

Think Pink and Save! 🩷❤️🩷❤️
Now through Feb 14, enjoy 20% off all pink and red gifts in-store and online.* Use promo code THINKPINK to purchase the perfect rose-hued gift for your valentine when you shop and save at The Store at the Museum of Arts and Design!

*No additional discounts apply. Offer excludes Taylor Swift merchandise.

Conceptual artist, 2021 Burke Prize winner, and MAD Artist Fellow Charisse Pearlina Weston engages with various material...
02/06/2024

Conceptual artist, 2021 Burke Prize winner, and MAD Artist Fellow Charisse Pearlina Weston engages with various materials and methodologies, including glass, photography, installation, sound, and poetry. Her practice poses Black interiority and intimacy as a central component of Black resistance. Furthermore, her engagement with glass symbolically represents the malleability and precarity of Black life. In this ongoing body of work, Weston explores the symbolic and material uses of glass in contemporary architecture and surveillance technology as a signifier of intimacy, freedom, and power. Considering how this seemingly neutral material has affected Black intimacies, interiors, and spatial movement, Weston proposes acts of withholding through concealing gestures in her sculptures, such as enfoldment and layering, as symbols of Black resistance in intimate areas of Black life.

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Charisse Pearlina Weston
Untitled (lean/wire fuses), 2021
Glass and etching

Still in a “Lavender Haze” after Taylor Swift’s historic night at the Grammys? Mark the moment with a visit to Taylor Sw...
02/05/2024

Still in a “Lavender Haze” after Taylor Swift’s historic night at the Grammys? Mark the moment with a visit to Taylor Swift: Storyteller before the exhibition closes on March 25th!

Planning to come with friends? Book a private group tour with our resident, “Swiftie” and enjoy a deep dive into Swift's music history and the iconic fashion choices that bring her award-winning songcraft to life.

Tap the link below to learn more :
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/taylor-swift-storyteller

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Taylor Swift
“Lavender Haze” music video, 2023
Image: TAS Rights Management

Happy Grammys Day! 🎶🏆 Did you know that Taylor Swift's "Midnights" album nomination could make her a record-breaker? 📀✨ ...
02/04/2024

Happy Grammys Day! 🎶🏆 Did you know that Taylor Swift's "Midnights" album nomination could make her a record-breaker? 📀✨

Swift has won Album of the Year three times, for “Fearless,” “1989,” and “Folklore,” putting her in a three-way tie with music legends Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder. A win tonight would put her in a league of her own with 4 Album of the Year wins!

Several of the artist’s looks from “Midnights,” along with pieces from her other Grammy-winning albums, are now featured in the exhibition Taylor Swift: Storyteller. Make sure to see them all before the exhibition closes on March 25th.

Tap the link below for tickets.
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/taylor-swift-storyteller

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other arrives at MAD on March 23.  Highlighting thirty years of artmaking dedicated to the Blac...
02/01/2024

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other arrives at MAD on March 23. Highlighting thirty years of artmaking dedicated to the Black experience in America, the exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the communal art-making projects that form the heart of Sonya Clark’s pioneering creative practice. Accompanied by a selection of photographs, prints, and sculpture, the exhibition will feature five of Clark’s large-scale, collaborative projects.

Working with a wide range of emotionally resonant materials and everyday objects—from cotton cloth and human hair to school desks and bricks—Clark encourages audiences to confront the country’s historical imbalances and racial injustices through material transformation. At the same time, Clark celebrates the complexities of the Black cultural experience. The uses of traditional craft materials, her applied knowledge of global craft techniques, and the communal collaborations that are integral to the integrity of her art are among the many ways Clark represents and honors the legacies of the African diaspora in Black life.

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other, on view through September 22, 2024, is co-organized by Cranbrook Art Museum, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and MAD | Museum of Arts and Design.

Tap the link in the bio to learn more.

01/31/2024

Shary Boyle’s Outside the Palace of Me also presents a survey of works that spotlight recurring themes and imagery central to the artist’s multisensory, visionary narratives while showcasing her exceptional handcraft. Foremost among these themes is the artist's abiding interest in forms of theater and performance perceived as amateur or antiquated such as shadow puppetry, the silent film, and pantomime.

Forever Young Love (1999), a silent drama featuring Boyle’s gloved hands, enacts a story of young love tragically interrupted. This short was one of the last the artist made in a series of early, in-camera-edited Super 8 films in which she directed and performed.

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Forever Young Love, 1999
Shot in Super 8 film with no sound TRT 00:03:26
Performed and filmed by Shary Boyle

Searching for a moment of Zen? While Toshiko Takaezu’s wheel-thrown posts are considered nonfunctional due to their near...
01/25/2024

Searching for a moment of Zen? While Toshiko Takaezu’s wheel-thrown posts are considered nonfunctional due to their nearly closed forms, Takaezu created these works in a meditative state, a way to “forget yourself in the clay and be in tune with it.”

See these works and more historic works from the MAD Collection, now on view in Craft Front & Center.

Installation view of works by Toshiko Takaezu featured in Craft Front & Center

Making weekend plans? Put MAD on your list and come experience Taylor Swift: Storyteller while you still can! See Taylor...
01/19/2024

Making weekend plans? Put MAD on your list and come experience Taylor Swift: Storyteller while you still can! See Taylor Swift’s most notable ensembles from some of your favorite videos, including “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Bejeweled” (2022), “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” and more!

Taylor Swift: Storyteller is on view through March 24.

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Installation photo: Bruce M. White

Looking to be inspired? MAD is open for the long weekend on Sat, Sun, and Mon from 10 am to 6 pm.  Craft is the embodime...
01/13/2024

Looking to be inspired? MAD is open for the long weekend on Sat, Sun, and Mon from 10 am to 6 pm.

Craft is the embodiment of what has been passed down, the knowledge and technologies that our ancestors perfected. Craft can also be used to tell our personal stories. And craft can also serve as a means of expressing the political side of the personal: to stand up for Black lives, advocate for q***r identity, and raise awareness of injustices around the world.

In these ways – and in the right hands – craft communicates directly, appealing to our better selves and ultimately, contributing to change.

We invite you to MAD this weekend to engage the contemplative works on view in Craft Front & Center and throughout the museum.

Tap the link below for tickets.
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/craft-front-center-0

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Installation photo featuring:

L: Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
CAMOUFLAGE (Count Basie at Carnegie Hall), 2021

R: Beau McCall,
Button Yoke: Motherland II, 2020

Join us next Saturday, January 20th, at 2 pm, for a special screening of director Marcel Carné’s classic Les Enfants du ...
01/12/2024

Join us next Saturday, January 20th, at 2 pm, for a special screening of director Marcel Carné’s classic Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise), widely considered one of the greatest and most beautiful French films ever made. Set in nineteenth-century Paris and filmed during World War II, the film features the iconic performance of Jean-Louis Barrault as the mime Baptiste, a figure who has served as inspiration for several works in Shary Boyle’s Outside the Palace of Me.

The film will be introduced by Bessie and Obie Award-winning performance artist and writer John Kelly. Kelly will speak about the inspirations and pleasures to be found in the film, his own performances using the figure of Baptiste, and the importance of Children of Paradise to New York’s downtown scene.

Tap the link below for tickets:
https://madmuseum.org/events/les-enfants-du-paradis-children-paradise-john-kelly
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John Kelly portrait by Steven Menendez

MAD Collection artist Robert Longhurst’s architectural training has informed his mathematically derived geometric abstra...
01/11/2024

MAD Collection artist Robert Longhurst’s architectural training has informed his mathematically derived geometric abstract sculptures. He says, “I find the deep reddish-brown color and graining very visually appealing. The other aspect of bubinga that I have always liked is that it is very hard. The hardness allows me to obtain accurate sections and edges that I might not obtain with a softer wood.”

See Longhurt’s piece and works from the MAD permanent collection now on view in Craft Front & Center.

Tap the link below for tickets.
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/craft-front-center-0
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Robert Longhurst
Arabesque XXIX, 1998
Bubinga wood, brass, and Mexican black marble

01/10/2024

SAVE THE DATE!

MAD About Jewelry returns May 4 – May 8!

Mark your calendars for MAD’s annual pop-up sale of contemporary jewelry from emerging and acclaimed jewelry artists from around the world. MAD About Jewelry provides the rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative makers in the field. This year’s opening benefit will take place on Saturday, May 4, and will honor legendary costume designer, stylist, and fashion designer Patrica Field and accessories designer and “headband queen” Lele Sadough, founder of the eponymous brand Lelesadoughi.

Proceeds from MAD About Jewelry will benefit participating artists and support the museum’s educational programs.

Next Wednesday, January 17, from 4 to 6 pm, join MAD Artist Studios resident Jacquelyn Strycker for an intensive block-p...
01/08/2024

Next Wednesday, January 17, from 4 to 6 pm, join MAD Artist Studios resident Jacquelyn Strycker for an intensive block-printing workshop in the MAD classroom. Along with the artist, you will design and cut your own blocks to create dynamic patterns on paper and fabric!

All materials will be provided.

Tap the link below to reserve your spot.
https://madmuseum.org/events/block-printing-jacquelyn-strycker

Don't miss your chance to see Taylor Swift: Storyteller on view through March 24! Get a close-up look at some of the Gra...
01/05/2024

Don't miss your chance to see Taylor Swift: Storyteller on view through March 24! Get a close-up look at some of the Grammy winner's most iconic looks that have brought her memorable songcraft to life.

Bring your fellow Swifties!! MAD's resident Swiftie is available to lead private guided tours for groups visiting Taylor Swift: Storyteller. Tap the link below for more information.

https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/taylor-swift-storyteller

Installation photo: Bruce M. White

This Sunday, January 7, from 10:30 am to 12 pm, we invite you to join us for Family Studio: Printing with Plants. Create...
01/04/2024

This Sunday, January 7, from 10:30 am to 12 pm, we invite you to join us for Family Studio: Printing with Plants. Create your own botanical printing kit with Artist Studios alum Jennie Maydew. During this workshop, you will learn how to make your own photosensitive prints using pigments from fresh and dried plants, create a personalized print, and build a kit that can be used to develop the print in your window at home to further explore the process.

Family Studio is a collaborative workshop for children ages five and up and their caregivers to learn, explore, and create together. Admission for children is free, and children must be attended by a caregiver. Tap the link below for tickets. Tickets for adults are required and include admission to the Museum. Space is limited.

https://madmuseum.org/events/family-studio-printing-plants

In case you missed it,  Wall Street Journal 's Brian P. Kelly recently reviewed Shary Boyle's "applause-worth" exhibitio...
01/03/2024

In case you missed it, Wall Street Journal 's Brian P. Kelly recently reviewed Shary Boyle's "applause-worth" exhibition Outside the Palace of Me. Kelly praised as a "keen storyteller" who invites audiences to share the stage with works that are "transportive, whimsical, and captivating."

Tap the link below to read the full review and explore Shary Boyle's artfully crafted world of performance before the exhibition closes on February 24.

Installation view by Jenna Bascom

Full review:
https://www.wsj.com/arts-culture/fine-art/shary-boyle-outside-the-palace-of-me-review-a-theatrical-new-york-debut-airdigital-02ae7f41

Happy New Year! Which direction is your 2024 headed in? We hope it's positive and starts with a visit to MAD!Lucio  Buba...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! Which direction is your 2024 headed in? We hope it's positive and starts with a visit to MAD!

Lucio Bubacco was born in Murano, Italy, where he was first introduced to glasswork in his youth. At just 15, he earned his artisan's license to sell and produce flameworked Venetian memorabilia. Flameworked glass, like Torso, uses a torch to heat, melt, and then shape glass into its desired form or composition. Along with his use of flameworking, Bubacco often combines traditional Venetian architecture and techniques with themes of metamorphosis and transformation.

Visit today from 11 am - 6 pm and explore our collection of whimsical and fascinating goblets from the permanent collection, on view in our third-floor stairwell.

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Lucio Bubacco
Torso, 1991
Glass

Yes, MAD is open today, December 31st, from 10am-3pm... no need to look so surprised!  Currently on view in Craft Front ...
12/31/2023

Yes, MAD is open today, December 31st, from 10am-3pm... no need to look so surprised!

Currently on view in Craft Front and Center, Ivory Carver I was inspired by jeweler and artist Denise Wallace’s Native Alaskan culture and Chugach Aleut ancestry. Created in collaboration with her husband, Samuel Wallace, the work acknowledges, thanks, and celebrates the walrus as important to the livelihoods of Indigenous Alaskans. The figure’s pose references a walrus body, wears clothing similar to walrus hides, and shows walrus figures on their chest.

Through the Wallaces' depiction of the carver as similar to the animal itself, they show gratitude and appreciation to the animal for its help in their survival. In indigenous Alaskan communities, the walrus is harvested and used in its entirety for food, tools, and clothing. After harvest, walrus ivory is then used by carvers, often to create art that documents Native stories and experiences. Walrus carving has been a tradition for more than 2,000 years.

Visit Craft Front and Center to see Ivory Carver I and other permanent collection works today, December 31, from 10am-3pm. Can’t make it today? Ring in the new year with us tomorrow, January 1, from 11am-6pm.

Merry Christmas from MAD! Did you know we once held an entire exhibit on cookies and bread? Featured in the 1965 exhibit...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from MAD! Did you know we once held an entire exhibit on cookies and bread? Featured in the 1965 exhibit “Cookies and Bread: the Baker’s Art” were a variety of Christmas breads and treats, although unfortunately, they’re no longer in our collection (Santa seems to have cleared out our stash).

Paul J. Smith, then Director of the Museum, would restock the exhibit every couple of days to maintain each object's freshness. Something tells us he made sure to get a few extra goodies for himself.

Feeling hungry for some holiday baked goods of your own? The exhibit catalog includes recipes! Slide to the last image to make your own!

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1. "Cookies and Breads: The Baker's Art" exhibition catalog

2. "Cookies and Breads: The Baker's Art" exhibition catalog

3. Installation view of works featured in "Cookies and Breads: The Baker's Art," an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City from November 19, 1965 through January 9, 1966.

4. Albert Hadener, the owner of the Elk Candy Co with his gingerbread house
featured in "Cookies and Breads: The Baker's Art," an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City from November 19, 1965 through January 9, 1966.

5."Cookies and Breads: The Baker's Art" exhibition catalog

Images via American Craft Council

We at MAD wish you and yours a sparkling holiday season and a shining New Year! MAD Holiday Hours :Christmas Eve, Decemb...
12/22/2023

We at MAD wish you and yours a sparkling holiday season and a shining New Year!

MAD Holiday Hours :
Christmas Eve, December 24: Closing at 3 pm
Christmas Day, December 25: Closed
New Year's Eve, December 31: Closing at 3 pm
New Year's Day, January 1: Open 11 am – 6 pm

Tap the link below to plan your visit.
https://madmuseum.org/visit

Happy First Day of Winter. ❄️ Officially in our Jack Frost era! Escape the cold and view some of Taylor Swift's hottest ...
12/21/2023

Happy First Day of Winter. ❄️ Officially in our Jack Frost era! Escape the cold and view some of Taylor Swift's hottest and most iconic fashion looks in Taylor Swift: Storyteller, on view through March 24.

Tap the link below to reserve your timed tickets:
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/taylor-swift-storyteller
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l to r:

folklore( 2020)
Shirt by Lou & Grey
From the folklore album photo shoot, 2020

evermore (2020)
Coat by Stella McCartney
From the evermore album photo shoot, 2020

Midnights (2022)
Jacket by Free People
From the " Lavender Haze" music video, 2023

Installation photo: Bruce M. White

This MAD Collection piece from woodturner Bob Stocksdale features African Blackwood. Native to the dry savanna of Centra...
12/20/2023

This MAD Collection piece from woodturner Bob Stocksdale features African Blackwood. Native to the dry savanna of Central and Southern Africa, it is considered one of the most expensive and rarest types of wood and the hardest and densest. It is considered the original ebony used in ancient Egypt. It was used in musical instruments such as guitars, clarinets, oboes, and other
woodwinds, as well as carving, tool handles, and other
turned objects

See this piece and more works from Bob Stocksdale in our ongoing permanent collection exhibition, Craft Front & Center, featuring over 60 historic works and new acquisitions dating from the golden age of the American Craft movement to the present day.

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Bob Stocksdale
Untitled (Bowl), 1974.

“Shary Boyle is a lot of things: sculptor, painter, draftsperson, performer, filmmaker. But above all, she’s a storytell...
12/19/2023

“Shary Boyle is a lot of things: sculptor, painter, draftsperson, performer, filmmaker. But above all, she’s a storyteller. That is abundantly clear in “Outside the Palace of Me,” the Canadian artist’s solo show at the Museum of Arts and Design that warrants as many descriptions as she does: transportive, theatrical, whimsical, and captivating, to name just a few," says The Wall Street Journal’s Brian P. Kelly in his recent review of Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me.

“ And with no wall labels and just a Playbill-like handout as our guide, we’re tasked with writing the script to the show ourselves. What follows is a celebration of bygone forms— sideshows, silent films, Punch-and-Judy puppetry, cabaret—that grapples with contemporary issues.”

Take a peek into Shary Boyle’s theatrical, magical world in Outside the Palace of Me, on view through February 25.

At the Museum of Arts and Design, the Canadian artist proves to be a keen storyteller through ceramics, videos and even an animatronic puppeteer.

Enjoy an afternoon of magic at MAD this Saturday, December 16, from 1-3 pm. In conjunction with the exhibition Shary Boy...
12/13/2023

Enjoy an afternoon of magic at MAD this Saturday, December 16, from 1-3 pm. In conjunction with the exhibition Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me, we invite you to join us for a rare screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Widely considered the earliest surviving, and possibly first, feature-length animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the work of film director and pioneer of animation, Lotte Reiniger. Adapted from One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, the film follows the story of a young prince whisked away to a magical island on a flying horse. There he fights monstrous creatures, falls in love with a goddess, meets a boy named Aladdin, and fights sorcerers across lands.

The early animation techniques featured in the film, referencing shadow puppetry and play, have greatly influenced Shary Boyle’s unique and deeply imaginative hand-crafted forms of image-making as seen throughout Outside the Palace of Me.

The screening will begin with an introduction from New York City-based illustrator and art director Abby Walsh.

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Join MAD for a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Widely considered to be the earliest surviving, and possibly first, feature-length animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the work of film director and pioneer of animation, Lotte Reiniger. Adapted from One Thousand and One Nigh...

Don’t miss the next screening in our Fashion on Film series next Tuesday, December 19, at 6:30 pm, which will feature Ka...
12/12/2023

Don’t miss the next screening in our Fashion on Film series next Tuesday, December 19, at 6:30 pm, which will feature Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. The designers will present the 2010 psychological thriller Black Swan and will join us virtually from Los Angeles for a Q&A after the film. The film features Natalie Portman in her Oscar-winning role as Nina, a ballerina with the New York City Ballet in the dual lead role of “Swan Lake,” who slowly and spectacularly loses her tenuous grip on reality.

Fashion on Film explores the intersection of fashion and cinema. Guest curated by filmmaker Jeannie Sui Wonders, the series invites fashion designers to select films that have influenced their work and join us for a discussion on the interchange between cinema and the designer’s creative vision.

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https://madmuseum.org/events/fashion-film-rodarte-presents-black-swan

🎉This Wednesday, December 13, from 3-6 pm start the party in celebration of Taylor Swift's birthday at MAD! Join us for ...
12/11/2023

🎉This Wednesday, December 13, from 3-6 pm start the party in celebration of Taylor Swift's birthday at MAD! Join us for an afternoon of fun activities in Taylor Swift: Storyteller, included with your all-access pass to the exhibition. In celebration of the icon's birthday, you are invited to enjoy guided tours of the exhibition by MAD's resident" "Swfitie, taking a deep dive into the pop artist's music history and iconic fashion choices. You'll also be able to enjoy friendship-making and exchange – the beads and good vibes will be provided!

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https://madmuseum.org/events/celebrating-taylor-swifts-birthday

Please note: Taylor Swift will not be in attendance.
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Image: "Bejeweled" video still: courtesy of TAS Rights Management

Start the party in celebration of Taylor Swift’s birthday at MAD! Join us for an afternoon of fun activities in Taylor Swift: Storyteller included with your all-access pass to the exhibition. (Taylor Swift will not be in attendance.)

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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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