Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 - United States
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 madmuseum.org.
Exhibitions on view include:
"Brian Clarke: The Art of Light"
March 21, 2020 through August 23, 2020
An immersive exhibition of more than 100 works of stained glass, compositions in lead, and related drawings will showcase British artist Brian Clarke as one of the most important artists working in stained glass, at once a leader in new technology and a brilliant aesthetic innovator. Since the early 1970s, Clarke has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent architects to create stained-glass designs and installations for hundreds of projects worldwide. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be 30 free-standing, glass screens. Animated by changing light and stained with exuberant, saturated colors, the monumental works will transport audiences to the very frontier of what is possible in stained glass today.
"45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now"
February 13, 2020 through January 24, 2021
MAD was an early advocate of jewelry as a form of artistic expression. Its 1956 inaugural exhibition, Craftsmanship in a Changing World, gave many Americans their first exposure to metalsmiths who were challenging the norms of conventional jewelry design and creating works rooted in sculptural experimentation. Because of the support of MAD and like-minded institutions, makers, and collectors around the world, the concept of jewelry as an art form took hold and flourished. To date, the Museum has presented more than 150 exhibitions featuring art jewelry and there are more than 950 pieces in the Museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition highlights the Museum of Arts and Design’s contributions to the field’s advancements and contextualizes the bold experimental practices of its most compelling artists within the key historical moments that ultimately broadened the scope and reach of art as a wearable medium.
"Burke Prize 2019"
October 3, 2019 through April 12, 2020
An exhibition of works of the 2019 finalists and winner of the Museum's Burke Prize, awarded to a contemporary artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, and/or wood. Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize represents emerging voices expanding the disciplines at the core of American studio craft movement whose highly accomplished work demonstrates a strong use of materials, innovative processes, and conceptual rigor and relevance. A jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design choose the winner of the unrestricted award of $50,000.
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 A.M. and 3 P.M.; tours meet in the museum lobby.
Pop-Up Studio Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Floor 6
Inspired by MAD’s exhibition of stained glass, "Brian Clarke: The Art of Light," drop in and delve into hands-on making activities led by artists.
Family Highlights Tour, 1:00 P.M., Floors 2 through 5
Tour meets in the Lobby
Investigate exhibition themes, curatorial decisions, art concepts, and current events through observation and discussion, sketching, and other customized engagement activities during this hour-long family-centered tour.
The Strangers Project, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Floor 6
The Strangers Project is a celebration of the stories we’re surrounded with every day—both from the strangers we share our space with every day, and our own stories we carry. It’s about a connection with ourselves, with people around us, and with something greater than ourselves. Founder Brandon Doman creates spaces where people can discover stories, and if they choose, share their own. The stories come from all ages, all walks of life.
Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.