I am so excited to take you to a new museum today! The Museum of Arts and Design, or the MAD museum, is a really cool place in a cool location. I love Columbus Circle, there are so many things to do in the area, from shopping to eating to visiting the MAD museum and Central Park is right there as well. It is not a far walk from 5th Avenue, and I encourage anyone who has not visited this area to make it a point on your next visit.
The Museum first opened its doors in 1956 as the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, with an original mission of recognizing the craftsmanship of contemporary American artists. Nurtured by the vision of philanthropist and craft patron Aileen Osborn Webb, the Museum mounted exhibitions that focused on the materials and techniques associated with craft disciplines.
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In July 2014, the Museum of Arts and Design inaugurates NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, an exhibition that spotlights the creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today. The first exhibition to be organized under the leadership of MAD’s new Director Glenn Adamson, NYC Makers showcases the work of 100 makers—highly inventive artisans, artists, and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill. Exemplifying the Museum’s ongoing commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields, the exhibition serves as a platform not only for makers who typically display their work in a museum setting, but also those who operate behind the scenes.
The 21st-century maker has flattened traditional hierarchies and escaped rigid categories of production through post-disciplinary practices and the innovative application of skill and technique. NYC Makers presents a sweeping cross-section of the cultural production of these inventive individuals, living and working within a single city. Makers were nominated by a pool of over 300 New York City-based cultural leaders and civic figures from a range of trades and disciplines, including museum curators, choreographers, academics, chefs, musicians, and journalists, with final participants selected by a jury led by Adamson and exhibition curator Jake Yuzna. From world-renowned cultural leaders to emergent enfants terribles, every maker selected demonstrates the highest level of skill in their respective field, whether by fabricating furniture or fashion; creating artworks, films, and architecture; inventing new possibilities for food; or reshaping educational and social gatherings.
The entry way was really quite gorgeous with lots of color which I just love
You still have about a month to see this exhibit. This museum is such a fabulous place for those who are into any type of craft, art and design. Their gift shop has some really neat merchandise, many, one of a kind, makes for great gifts for friends and family back home. They are also the home of the most fabulous restaurant, Robert, with to-die-for views of Columbus Circle. You can visit the restaurant without going through the museum, but while you are there, makes sense to visit the museum as well and all it's amazing works of art.