These images from Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary exhibition, an exhibit that featured objects and installations comprised of ordinary and everyday manufactured objects, don't even begin to do it justice; you need to see them in person, but I wanted to show you a few of my favorites!
Portrait of a Textile Worker, by Terese Agnew, is striking because the entire 8x10 ft image was created with just clothing labels.I want Johnny Swing's Quarter Lounge for my living room! Ok, it probably wouldn't go with the current decor, but made entirely from welded quarters, I SO badly wanted to try it out and sit on it!
Can you guess what this coral by Tara Donavan is made of??? I only figured it out after reading the sign at the museum... it's made of buttons!Yuken Teyura created a series of these trees using designer brand shopping bags. In person the detail is amazing, but I also just learned that each bag represents a specific tree that the artist has taken a picture of and has recreated.
In addition to amazing exhibits, the museum also boasts a fabulous gift shop. It includes much more than just standard "touristy" items and I highly recommend stopping by or shopping online here if you need to find a unique housewarming gift, birthday present etc. Another perk to the museum is "Studio Sundays" - gatherings each week for those of all ages to discuss and create works of art. I went to the one called "Visually Speaking" where we made jewelry from every day objects like rubber bands and buttons. This is a great activity if you have kids in the 5-10 yr old range but was also fun for me as something different to do from my normal routine.
MAD Museum also has on-site studios where visitors are welcome to view the artists actively working and talk with them about their processes, materials and concepts.
I can't say enough good things about this museum, so you just HAVE to check it out for yourself!