We visited Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan yesterday. It’s in a great location at Columbus Circle which overlooks Central Park and Broadway, the organisation moved to this current location in 1986.
The Museum of Arts and Design (“MAD”) explores the blur zone between art, design, and craft today. Accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1991, MAD focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the artisanal to the digital.
We saw four exhibitions at the museum many of which featured the work of British artists and makers.
Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design
The exhibition highlights works that deal with issues such as the ephemeral nature of art and life, the quality and content of memory, issues of loss and disintegration, and the detritus of human existence.
On entry to the show there is an installation by Elvira Wersche which uses coloured sands to create a geometric pattern on the floor of the museum. The materials have been collected from locations around the world including holy and sacred sites, the historic site of Troy and Ground Zero in New York.
The show continues with further works by artists such as Pheobe Cummings 2010 piece Flora.
The show also features work by British artists, Catherine Bertola, Linda Florence, Glithero, Andy Goldsworthy, Paul Hazelton, Stephen Livingstone and Julie Parker.
The Museum of Arts and Design continue to expand the exhibition with Swept Away Project at SOFA New York. Artist, Joe Mangrum is making a performance/installation in the MAD booth using coloured sands to make an intricate mandala sand painting.
Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales
Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales is an innovative and experimental international gathering of glass sculpture created in Murano at the studio of entrepreneur, mentor and founder of Venice Projects has engaged international artists, architects and designers. The resulting works were originally commissioned for and presented at the Venice Biennials of 2009 and 2011. The pieces offer new insights into glass making with installation and sculpture sometimes incorporating light, projection and sound as well as prototypes for production.
Artists featured in the exhibition include: Jan Fabre, Michael Joo, Jaime Hayon, Patricia Urquiola, Tony Oursler and Mike + Doug Starn.
Glassstress also has a stand at SOFA New York 2012
We also saw Hanging Around: Necklaces from the MAD Collection and Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art & Design.
We will be posting our images to Flickr shortly, so look out for more in depth coverage from MAD!