NYC's Creative Communities Showcased In New Exhibition at Museum of Arts and Design
In July 2014, the Museum of Arts and Design will transform itself into a nexus for New York City's leading makers-artists, artisans, and designers-through NYC Makers Open, a juried exhibition and the first organized under the leadership of MAD's new director Glenn Adamson. NYC Makers Open showcases the work of approximately 100 highly skilled individuals who apply an outstanding level of workmanship to the creation of objects or environments that shape our everyday lives. Exemplifying the Museum's ongoing commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields, the exhibition provides a platform not only for makers who typically display their work in a museum setting, but also those who work behind the scenes. On view from July 1 through October 12, 2014, and marking the first in a series of exhibitions examining the culture of making in urban communities, NYC Makers Open will highlight the interconnected web of cultural production in New York City today and underscore the importance of craft in contemporary life.
"There is a prevailing perception that New York in the digital age is no longer a city of skilled makers, when, in fact, craftsmanship continues to flourish throughout the five boroughs. NYC Makers Open uncovers the variety of production and creativity in the city, and places a spotlight on the skilled individuals who spend every day crafting our futures," said Adamson, MAD's Nanette L. Laitman Director. "Since its founding, the Museum of Arts and Design has championed the way that artists and designers transform the world around us, using both traditional and cutting-edge creative processes. This exhibition reflects this core mission across the full range of crafted production, and establishes a new paradigm of 21st-century making as an engine for creative industry."
From stone masons to set designers, instrument makers to media art collectives, NYC Makers Open will reveal the contributions of 21st-century makers to contemporary society and will present a sweeping cross-section of the cultural production occurring within a single city. The exhibition itself will reflect New York City's collaborative creative networks and will be structured as a series of immersive tableaus that present a diverse range of works alongside one another. These environments will be activated with live programming throughout the exhibition's run, including fashion shows, demonstrations, performances, social practice projects, and culinary explorations, which underline the relationship between material and immaterial making found in New York City today.
"It is an exciting prospect to open up the Museum to the breadth of production found throughout the City with NYC Makers Open. Through this exhibition, we hope to further transform MAD into a laboratory that not only presents, but also supports those who have chosen to continue to work and live in NYC," said Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs at MAD and Curator of NYC Makers Open. "Building on New York's rich history of fearless and groundbreaking culture, today's practitioners are flattening traditional hierarchies through post-disciplinary practices that respond to the challenges of working in the five boroughs today. Their contributions not only impact culture on a global scale, but continue to make NYC one of the most interesting urban communities in the world."