Museum of Arts and Design

Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 6:00 p.m. (EST)





The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields—presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving 21st-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. For more information, visit


Exhibitions on view include:

"The World of Anna Sui"
September 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020

Step into the design universe of the iconic American fashion designer. An immersive experience of Anna Sui's creative process and influences, the exhibition features over 75 of the designer's signature maximalist looks and illuminates how Sui's rich knowledge of culture, art, and music have contributed to her nearly thirty years of shaping fashion history.

"Vera Paints a Scarf"
August 8, 2019 -- January 26, 2020

Explore the colorful creations of an originator of the American lifestyle brand. Vera Neumann's joyful paintings and successful lines of textiles, women's wear, and iconic scarves unified art, craft, and production.

Artist Studios

Engage with working artists and designers in an open studio environment. Watch the creative process unfold and ask questions about inspiration, materials, and concepts.

Docent Tours are offered at 11:30 am and 3 pm; tours meet in the museum lobby.


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