MAD Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with 2014-15 Exhibitions

MAD Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with 2014-15 Exhibitions

Marking the Museum of Arts and Design's first year under the leadership of its new Nanette L. Laitman Director Glenn Adamson, the upcoming 2014-2015 exhibition programming reflects MAD's commitment to championing skilled makers-artists, designers, and artisans-and the value they bring to the world around us. Featuring work from throughout the five boroughs and across the globe, the exhibitions will transform the Museum into a creative hub and platform for the 21st century maker.

Bringing together key works from MAD's permanent collection, Re: Collection will celebrate recently retired Chief Curator David McFadden's sixteen years of curatorial choices with objects acquired during his tenure that provide insight into the creative process. Later this spring, the exhibition Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography will feature over 80 international jewelry artists whose work transforms and adds new meaning to the pervasive images of this digital age.

In the summer, MAD will become a platform for present-day skilled craftsmanship through the inaugural NYC Makers Open exhibition, which will spotlight New York City's highly-skilled, innovative, collaborative and cross-disciplinary creative community. Finally this fall, New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America will investigate contemporary developments in design and craft in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities of South and Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. It will focus on individuals and collaboratives that exemplify laboratories where some of the most pertinent new directions in design and craft are emerging today.

MAD Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with 2014-15 Exhibitions

Re: Collection

April 1, 2014 to September 7, 2014

MAD celebrates the fifth anniversary of its move to 2 Columbus Circle with the special exhibition Re: Collection, on view from April 1 to September 7, 2014. The exhibition will survey Chief Curator David McFadden's sixteen years at MAD through objects acquired during his tenure. Under McFadden's curatorial leadership, the permanent collection has grown from 800 objects to more than 3,000; In the past five years alone, since MAD's move to 2 Columbus Circle, approximately 730 objects that exemplify the imaginative transformation of materials have been added to the collection.

Working in coordination with curator Ron Labaco and exhibitions curator Dorothy Globus, McFadden has selected approximately 75 works of sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, and textiles, many of which are definitive works by key postwar American and international makers. The selection will range broadly, from well-known figures such as Ron Arad, Robert Arneson, Judy Chicago, Mary A. Jackson, and Kim Schmahmann, to cutting-edge makers like Sebastian Brajkovic and Ayala Serfaty, among many others.

Re: Collection will also explore some of the material and process-centered themes of McFadden's exhibitions, such as Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting; Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary; Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art; Slash: Paper Under the Knife; Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities; and Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design. These successful exhibitions have allowed MAD to reveal how the creative process firmly links formal concerns with social, political, narrative, and autobiographical content. In a cultural moment defined by its openness, McFadden has provided a cogent method for rethinking narratives around the specific possibilities of materials and making.Re: Collection will examine this curatorial methodology, presenting it as a series of personal recollections drawn from the MAD permanent collection.

Major support for Re: Collection has been provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

MAD Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with 2014-15 Exhibitions

Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography

May 13, 2014 to September 14, 2014

Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography is the first museum exhibition to explore how contemporary jewelry artists transform and add new meaning to the pervasive images of this digital age. Drawing inspiration from historic daguerreotypes to manipulated digital images, international jewelry artists explore changing views of beauty and the human body; examine social, political, and cultural issues; probe perceptions of memory and desire; and question the broader relation of jewelry to society and personal identity, issues central to the contemporary experience.

More than 80 renowned artists from over 20 countries are represented-including Gijs Bakker, Wafaa Bilal, Jordan Doner, Mari Ishikawa, Jiro Kamata, Sooyeon Kim, Iris Nieuwenburg, Kara Ross, Gabriela Sanchez, Bernhard Schobinger, Bettina Speckner, Joyce Scott, Kiff Slemmons, Andy Warhol and Noa Zilberman.

The connection between photography and jewelry extends back more than 150 years to the invention of the photographic process. The exhibition will provide historical context for this evolving relationship by presenting outstanding nineteenth-century pieces, many of which have never before been exhibited. In recent years, both photography and art jewelry have changed dramatically, and the exhibition will present cutting-edge videos and installations that will provide viewers with a broader perspective of contemporary jewelry today.

Organized by MAD's Curator of Jewelry, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography will be on view from May 13 to September 14, 2014.

Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Ursula Ilse-Neuman, MAD's Acting Chief Curator Lowery Stokes Sims, Dutch author and jewelry curator Liesbeth den Besten, photography expert Mark Durant, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Toledo Museum of Art Jutta Page, American author and Metalsmith editor Suzanne Ramljak, photography historian and critic Lyle Rexer and German author and critic Ellen Maurer Zillioli.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full range of educational programming, including lectures and panels for adults, workshops for young visitors and families, in-house demonstrations of jewelry making, curator-led tours of the exhibition, and a variety of film screenings.

Support for Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography has been provided by Hasselblad, Kara Ross NY, Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen, Washington Square Hotel, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Creative New Zealand, Janet Kardon and Frame Finland. Additional support is made possible in part through the generosity of the Inner Circle, one of the Museum's leadership support groups.

MAD Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with 2014-15 Exhibitions

NYC Makers Open

July 1, 2014 to October 12, 2014

In July 2014, the Museum of Arts and Design will inaugurate NYC Makers Open, 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 Open will showcase the work of approximately 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 will serve 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 Open presents a sweeping cross-section of the cultural production of these inventive individuals, living and working within a single city. Makers will be 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 will demonstrate 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 exhibition will be structured as a series of immersive tableaus that present the diverse creative output of makers alongside one another. These environments will house live programs throughout the exhibition's run, including fashion shows, performances, social practice projects, and culinary explorations, which will underline the relationship between material and immaterial making found in New York City today. Through this approach, NYC Makers Open will transform MAD into a production studio that links creative, innovative, and skillful makers into one immense collaborative undertaking: an undertaking that manifests the cultural capital of New York.

Organized by Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs, NYC Makers Open inaugurates a new series of MAD exhibitions that will examine the culture of making and highlight the contributions of the makers who shape contemporary life. The accompanying publication will be edited by Jake Yuzna and designed by NYC-based studio Other Means.

MAD Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with 2014-15 Exhibitions

LOOT: MAD About Jewelry

October 6-10, 2014

Now, in its 14th year, LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, MAD's juried selling exhibition of artist-made jewelry, has earned the reputation of being the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary art and studio jewelry by both artists and collectors alike. LOOT will feature a range of work, including inventive pieces in gold, sterling silver, and semiprecious stones alongside jewelry made of unexpected materials such as titanium, stainless steel, glass, wood, rubber, fabric, and found objects. Unlike any other jewelry event in the country, LOOT gives jewelry lovers the opportunity to meet some of the most innovative creators in the field and acquire work directly from them.

Last year, MAD honored fashion icons Iris Apfel and Barbara Berger with LOOT Awards for Contemporary Art Jewelry. This annual prize is in keeping with the long-standing commitment of the Museum of Arts and Design to present jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum to possess a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry, which it began assembling soon after its founding in 1956.

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