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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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Colombian mixed media artist Liliana Angulo Cortés explores the representation of Black women in contemporary culture th...
10/06/2020

Colombian mixed media artist Liliana Angulo Cortés explores the representation of Black women in contemporary culture through the lenses of gender, race, and identity. In Project Quieto Pelo (Stand Still Hair), Angulo Cortés documents braided hairstyles in Colombia, other parts of Latin America, and the United States, demonstrating a global sense of identity on the part of those from the African diaspora, uniting them despite linguistic and cultural differences imposed by their history as slaves and the impact of colonialism.

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#LilianaAnguloCortés
Project Quieto Pelo, 2009
6 photographs, video, sound interviews
Image courtesy of the artist

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#WorldArchitectureDay "Ever since my youth, I've always proclaimed to be, in some mysterious way that I have difficulty ...
10/05/2020

#WorldArchitectureDay "Ever since my youth, I've always proclaimed to be, in some mysterious way that I have difficulty explaining, connected to architecture. I respond to architectural culture and to the way architects think." - Brian Clarke

Brian Clarke’s integration of art and architecture has allowed him to push the boundaries of stained glass. His unique practice has led him to collaborate with leading figures in architecture, including Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Arata Isozaki, Oscar Niemeyer, and I. M. Pei to create stained glass and art installations for projects around the world.

In the late 1980s, Clarke was commissioned to create a piece for the restored Victoria Quarter in the center of Leeds, England. The initial commission was for stained glass at either end of the street. However, Clarke developed the idea into a scheme to glaze over the entire street, which was pedestrianized and roofed over to form a contemporary arcade, with stained glass. Clarke’s stained glass roof measures over 400 feet long, and was the largest secular work of stained glass at its completion in 1990, and remains the largest stained glass work in Great Britain and the largest stained glass roof in Europe.

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Brain Clarke
Victoria Leeds, Leeds, England, 1989 - 1990

The #MADBall2020 online benefit auction is now live on Artsy!Discover works of contemporary art and design from a global...
10/05/2020

The #MADBall2020 online benefit auction is now live on Artsy!

Discover works of contemporary art and design from a global roster of celebrated and emerging artists. The MAD Ball Benefit Auction is live now through October 16 at 5 pm ET.

Auction highlights include:
- Mini Lady Dior Bag created by Dior and Judy Chicago, our 2020 Honoree
- Faith Ringgold’s The Sunflower Quilting Bees at Arles print
- Jeff Zimmerman’s Crumpled Sculptural Vessel

All funds raised at MAD Ball directly support the Museum’s efforts to provide a platform for the most innovative artists of today, allowing them to express their view of the world through the lenses of craft and handmaking. Join us for the final night of the auction - MAD Ball 2020 on October 15. This year’s virtual celebration allows you to celebrate from anywhere!

Bid now: https://www.artsy.net/auction/mad-ball-benefit-auction-2020

Let the sunshine in! The light is perfect outside and in today, catch it while you can. MAD is open until 7 pm today, an...
10/04/2020

Let the sunshine in! The light is perfect outside and in today, catch it while you can. MAD is open until 7 pm today, and 11 am - 7 pm Thursdays - Sundays.

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Brian Clarke
Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out, 2017
Stained glass and wooden frame

Daffodils, 2018
stained glass and wooden frame

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“So, I met Art Smith at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in the 1970s. He looked at my work and said, ”I don’t know w...
10/03/2020

“So, I met Art Smith at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in the 1970s. He looked at my work and said, ”I don’t know what you’re doing, don’t stop,” and thus began our ever-evolving friendship.

Art was an old-style gentleman who as a trailblazer, raconteur, and all-around man of metal who was an innovator and pioneer in the “Art” jewelry movement. Transgressing the barriers of race, gender, and class, he succeeded as a purveyor of wearable sculptor for Performers, Dancers, and the designers of Haute Couture.” - Joyce J. Scott on trailblazer jewelry artist and friend Art Smith.

See works from Smith and Scott in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now, currently on view at MAD.

Reserve your timed tickets today

https://madmuseum.org/
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Art Smith
Neckpiece, 1948
Brass; forged, assembled

When creating her dramatic installations, Beth Lipman reflects on the consequences of the constant accumulation of thing...
10/02/2020

When creating her dramatic installations, Beth Lipman reflects on the consequences of the constant accumulation of things by using iconic symbols of art history, such as still-life and decorative arts. Lipman highlights the common focus on wealth, class, and status celebrated during the Dutch Golden Age, Victorian Gilded Age, and periods of prosperity in the contemporary United States. While the works are striking and provide a sense of opulence, the artist hopes to raise questions about the environmental impact of excessive consumption.

Reserve your timed tickets to explore Lipman's artistry this weekend!

https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/beth-lipman-collective-elegy
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Beth Lipman
Sphenophyllum and Chain, 2019
Glass, wood, metal, paint, adhesive
Photo by Rich Maciejewski, courtesy the artist

Throwback Thursday: The Punk scene of the 1970s and 1980s profoundly influenced  Brian Clarke's work, highlighting a the...
10/01/2020

Throwback Thursday:

The Punk scene of the 1970s and 1980s profoundly influenced Brian Clarke's work, highlighting a theme of his in rejecting the status quo. Exhibition curator Paul Greenhalgh explains:

"Punk wasn't simply about alternative music and fashion, or youthful disenchantment -- though it was definitely both -- it was a cultural revolt against what many perceived to be an increasingly stale cultural smugness that the post- hippy generation had settled into. "

Clarke himself is quoted as saying: "I first consciously noticed in 1977 that a 'duality' or 'contradiction' existed in my work. During that year, I made the pictures entitled Dangerous Visions. These ten paintings were, in large part, born out of the Punk Rock movement and carried a nihilistic attack upon the orthodoxies of the day. They are in part an attempt to undermine conventional ideas about art and beauty, whilst also attempting to convey primary emotion." But he noted that, "in the same period I designed a number of stained glass windows and free-standing pieces, some of which are abstracted Arcadian landscapes in celebration of an as yet undefined optimism. - 'Brain Clarke: The Art of Light' (2020)

Brian Clarke: The Art of Light is on view until February 21. Click the link below for timed tickets.

https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/brian-clarke-art-light

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Images:
Brain Clarke in the late 1970s photographed by Martin Harrison
Brian Clarke, Dangerous Visions 1, 1977.
Brian Clarke, St. Michael’s Church, Birchover, 1997.

While there is a fight to extend the deadline for the #2020Cenus, counting could end as early as October 5!  So you must...
09/30/2020

While there is a fight to extend the deadline for the #2020Cenus, counting could end as early as October 5! So you must get counted ASAP. We need every New Yorker to get involved to ensure a complete count. Our political future and essential funding for our city are on the line!

Fill it out now: my2020census.gov #GetCountedNYC

There are only two weeks left until we honor today’s #WCW, Judy Chicago, at this year’s virtual MAD Ball celebration on ...
09/30/2020

There are only two weeks left until we honor today’s #WCW, Judy Chicago, at this year’s virtual MAD Ball celebration on October 15!

Judy Chicago has had a long and noteworthy relationship with MAD. The Museum put on the first survey of the artist’s tapestry work in 2011. And the MAD collection includes some of Chicago’s most important works, including The Creation and The Fall, from the Birth Project and the Holocaust Project.

With a career expanding over five decades, the artist, author, feminist, and educator has used her work to drive social change. Blurring the lines between artist and activist, Judy Chicago has amplified women’s freedom of expression in a way that only she can.

The MAD Ball 2020 celebration of Judy Chicago will include a live conversion between the artist and MAD’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Elissa Auther. And singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform can’t miss tributes to the artist.

Get your MAD Ball tickets today: https://madmuseum.org/support/mad-ball

It’s #NationalCoffeeDay. Have you had your morning cup?☕️Master metalsmith John Prip set the standard for American metal...
09/29/2020

It’s #NationalCoffeeDay. Have you had your morning cup?
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Master metalsmith John Prip set the standard for American metalsmithing. He was born in New York to a Danish father and an American mother. As a child, Prip moved to Denmark, where his family ran a silversmithing factory. During an apprenticeship during his teenage years, he gained traditional skills that became the foundation for his work. After he moved back to the United States in 1948 to teach and work, Prip was in a unique position. His Danish training provided him with a strong technical foundation, while his American environment inspired an attitude of exploration and innovation that became central to his career.

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#JohnPrip
Reed & Barton
Denmark Tea and Coffee Service, 1958-1960.
Silver-plate, plastic

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Puerto Rican artist Miguel Luciano investigates themes of social justice, pop culture, history, migration, and Puerto Ri...
09/28/2020

Puerto Rican artist Miguel Luciano investigates themes of social justice, pop culture, history, migration, and Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States, through a variety of media, including sculpture. Luciano’s series, Pure Plantainum, give homage to the plantain -a stereotypical yet iconic symbol of Puerto Rican and Caribbean culture. Actual plantains were plated in platinum, becoming precious objects as they continued to rot beneath the pristine and seductive shells. The pieces presented as jewels turn what was often seen as a cultural stigma into an expression of pride.

“My work addresses playful and painful exchanges between Puerto Rico and the United States. I am interested in examining how colonial subordination is extended through globalization as communities have shifted gears from a production-based society to one that is grounded in consumption.” - Miguel Luciano
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Miguel Luciano
Pure Plantainum, pendant, and chain, 2006.
Green plantain, plated in platinum with chain

#HispanicHeritageMonth
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#45Stories artist Lisa Gralnick was born #OTD in 1956. “I have chosen to make jewelry, which is traditionally considered...
09/27/2020

#45Stories artist Lisa Gralnick was born #OTD in 1956.

“I have chosen to make jewelry, which is traditionally considered 'craft', and I do enjoy the processes and techniques that allow me to execute my work without technical faults. But 'craft' is only a means to an end for me, as it is for many artists. My desire to push the limits of jewelry and expand on them, to comment on its traditions and associations, is more the concern of any artist.”

One evening Gralnick was sitting at home, listening to Richard Wagner. Suddenly, something fell and landed on her record player, smashing the opera all to pieces. She picked them up and made them into a little object. Studying the record shards that night, inspired the beginning of Gralnick’s black acrylic jewelry work. Rejecting the traditional materials of jewelry including gold, silver, and enamel, and deciding to work with plastic, Gralnick was able to push the boundaries and find new possibilities for what most would consider a cheap contemporary material.

Visit MAD to learn more about Lisa Gralnick’s work, now on view in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now.

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#LisaGralnick
Brooch and Earrings, 1986.
Acrylic

Bracelet (Cube), 1988.
Acrylic, 14k gold; carved, polished

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After spending the day in his studio, most evenings between 7 pm and midnight, Brian Clarke draws and paints on paper at...
09/26/2020

After spending the day in his studio, most evenings between 7 pm and midnight, Brian Clarke draws and paints on paper at his home in London. These nighttime creative sessions often focus on one motif developed over an extended period. The “Night Orchid” series, dating from December 2013 to August 2015, is one example of this practice. While most of the works were created at his West London home, Clarke began the series during a trip that included stops in Thailand and France. The series raises questions around beauty and the spaces where it thrives.

Click the link below to book your timed tickets to view Brian Clarke: The Art of Light this weekend. Enjoy discounted admission through September 30.
https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/brian-clarke-art-light
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#BrianClarke
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Ahead of Indigenous Peoples' Day, educators, students, professors, community organizers, historians, librarians, and act...
09/25/2020

Ahead of Indigenous Peoples' Day, educators, students, professors, community organizers, historians, librarians, and activists are invited to join us next Wednesday, September 30 at 4 pm ET, for a free virtual workshop interrogating the intersection of history, memory, and public sculpture. The workshop will focus on the contested site of Columbus Circle and contemporary artistic responses to contentious statues all over the country.

Click the link below to register.

https://madmuseum.org/events/indigenous-peoples-day-teach
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Cannupa Hanska Luger
2018 Burke Prize winner
Every One, 2018.
Over 4,000 clay beads

#IndigenousPeoplesDay
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We are excited to announce that our newest exhibition, Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy, is now open! For more than twenty ...
09/24/2020
Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy

We are excited to announce that our newest exhibition, Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy, is now open!

For more than twenty years, Beth Lipman has transformed glass, metal, clay, video, and photographs into powerful statements addressing mortality, temporality, identity, and excess. The exhibition brings together a decade of work, and is the first major scholarly assessment of the artist’s career. In these turbulent times, Lipman’s art reminds us of where we came from, the subjectivity of history, and the need for harmony with the larger world.

Click the link below to book your timed ticket and be one of the first to view the show.

https://madmuseum.org/exhibition/beth-lipman-collective-elegy
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Beth Lipman
Laid (Time -) Table with Cycads, 2015.
Glass, adhesive, wood, paint

For more than twenty years, Beth Lipman has transformed glass, metal, clay, video, and photographs into powerful statements addressing mortality, temporality, identity, and excess. The exhibition brings together a decade of work, and is the first major scholarly assessment of the artist’s career. ...

TODAY AT 12:30 PM ET, Lydia’s Lunch Break is Back on Instagram Live!Tune-in as MAD's associate curator of public program...
09/24/2020

TODAY AT 12:30 PM ET, Lydia’s Lunch Break is Back on Instagram Live!

Tune-in as MAD's associate curator of public programs Lydia Brawner is joined by #MADArtistStudios artist-in-residence Patrick Coughlin for a lunchtime conversation.

“In addition to his art practice, Patrick is also an educator. He often finds himself investigating fascinating moments in the history of art and design that he can’t work into his lectures. During today’s chat, he’ll teach me all about one of his latest finds - the surprisingly avant-garde “dazzle camo” from the early twentieth century and its influence on fashion. The campiest camo you’re ever seen? I will also be wearing my favorite camo sweatshirt as an added bonus. - Lydia Brawner

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Images
1. Dazzle Camoflague Swimsuit in Margate, England, 1919
2. British Kil class patrol gunboat HMS Kildangan painted in dazzle camouflage. (The collections of the Imperial War Museums

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As part of an ongoing series of lobby installations, MAD invites designers and artists to create graphics that interact ...
09/23/2020

As part of an ongoing series of lobby installations, MAD invites designers and artists to create graphics that interact with MAD’s interior architecture. Our latest lobby installation, Paper Shapes, was designed by today’s #WCW Anna Kulachek.

Anna Kulachek’s Paper Shapes is an outcome of a generative design process. By folding and arranging pieces of paper, she discovers unpredictable color compositions and forms. Originally from Ukraine, the New York-based designer is also an art director at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.

Click the link below to book your timed tickets to see Kulachek’s design in person! MAD is open Thursday - Sunday from 11 am - 7 pm ET.

Frontline health-care workers may present their ID at the Visitor Services desk to receive free admission.

https://madmuseum.org/visit

One of the founders of the American studio craft movement, Ronald Hayes Pearson, was born on this day in 1924. After war...
09/22/2020

One of the founders of the American studio craft movement, Ronald Hayes Pearson, was born on this day in 1924. After wartime military service, Pearson studied metalwork at the School of American Craftsmen, established by MAD founder Aileen Osborn Webb. Influenced by international modernism promoted by Danish manufactures, Pearson’s designs of the 1950s and 60s were elegant, abstract, and innovative. This style was carried out through the remainder of his career, as seen in his piece, Neckband 8-64, now on view in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 TO NOW.
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Ronald Hayes Pearson
Neckband 8-64, 1992
Sterling silver; forged

It’s #NationalVoterRegistrationDay.🗳  Have you made your voting plan? Today’s the day to register if you haven’t already...
09/22/2020

It’s #NationalVoterRegistrationDay.🗳 Have you made your voting plan? Today’s the day to register if you haven’t already. It only takes two minutes! Make sure to verify your registration if you have any doubt, and check your absentee status if you aren’t sure.

Visit https://www.planyourvote.org/ to ensure you are ready to cast your vote!

#PlanYourVote is a 2020 artist initiative to promote and empower citizens to exercise their right to vote.
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Images:

1.Hank Willis Thomas
2.Stewart Uoo
3.Monument Lab

And just like that, it’s the #firstdayoffall.🍁🍂  .Botanical is a broad theme that runs through Brian Clarke's stained gl...
09/22/2020

And just like that, it’s the #firstdayoffall.🍁🍂 .

Botanical is a broad theme that runs through Brian Clarke's stained glass screens. The representations of nature in his work depict plant forms from all over the world. Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out spotlights the oak leaf in vibrant hues of yellow, orange, and reds. These jewel-toned colors can be found in several of the screens featured in The Art of Light.
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Brian Clarke
Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out, 2017
Stained glass and wooden frame

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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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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 👇👇
Iwakawa Yukihiro Web Exhibition Dissolution(溶解) Work 2019 12_1 Dissolution(溶解) Arrows. Sounds. Various 1~3 (12 pieces of works) Canvas size F3 http://rrsrrs.la.coocan.jp
Jasmin Tan
After viewing the show on VERA , I went home and scoured my closets for all things VERA. I came up with 3 scarves, 1 booklet, and a recent makeup case!
The person on the 6th floor right now made me so uncomfortable. I tried to go to the bathroom and he followed me all the way to the bathroom door asking for my ticket. What in the world??! It was sticking out of my bag... all the other floors saw that.
Hi: Is it mandatory to purchase tickets online? And are there special tickets for the Anna Sui exhibit? Are they timed or have to be pre-ordered?
What a scam, the Punk exhibit is supposed to occupy floors 4 and 5, but floor 5 has already been closed down for "renovation". Don't pay the $16, aside from a few interesting early club posters, there's not a whole lot to be seen. How dare you charge people full price for half an exhibit. SCAM ARTISTS
Unique exhibits. Introduced me to new artists and mediums. Friendly atmosphere. And a great shop with artistic products ranging from jewelry to clothing to housewares.