March 28, 2009

I Heart Art

Whether you're visiting NYC or live here, you need to check out the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle. Having been an Art History major, I shouldn't say this, but I sometimes find that at other museums, I enjoy the art because I know I should; I've learned how innovative the artist was in their time etc, but it's not exactly awe-inspiring all by itself. The Museum of Arts and Design, however, has a real WOW factor. I went with my roommate, and she and I had the hardest time obeying the "do not touch" signs, because so many of the pieces were just so intriguing.

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!

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