MAD Museum

Location: New York

2013 Exhibitions: Daniel Brush: Blue Steel Gold Light (October 16 - February 24), The Art of Scent:1889 - 2012 (November 20 - March 3)

Although it was originally founded in 1956, you may not have heard of the Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and the American Craft Museum) until about 10 years ago. Under the revolutionary direction of Holly Hotchner, the museum launched a controversial move to Columbus Circle and reinvented itself as the prime site in which to explore the intersection of art, design, and craft today. Notable exhibits have included 2007's Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting, 2010's Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle, and 2012's Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, a three-part exhibition series on contemporary American Indian art. From the short-term shows in the MADprojects Gallery to the permanent displays in the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, you'll find witty eye candy alongside deep social commentary.


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