New York Highlights: Cutting Edge Contemporary Art at MAD
New York is often considered as the capital of the world and this always-exciting city is home to some of the most iconic landmarks, vibrant nightlife and diverse neighborhoods.
The city also offers a wealth of cultural attractions including Manhattan’s innovative Museum of Arts and Design.
A long history
The Museum of Arts and Design- or MAD if you prefer the abbreviation- was found in 1956 with its original focus being to recognize the craftsmanship of contemporary U.S. artists. MAD is well known for championing artists and designers who create works using the latest cutting edge technology as well as the more traditional methods.(Image by Wally Gobetz)
What can I see there?
Past exhibitions have included innovative creations from a range of artisan designers and artists including jewelry designer Barbara Berger and the paintings and sculptures of Daniel Brush. Furniture, glass, ceramics and even household appliances have been included in creations and works that enhance contemporary life.
A design classic
The MAD building itself looks like a piece of modern art with its interlocking glazed-tile grid design and fritted glass panels. Designed by Brad Cloepfil, this impressive city structure has become something of an icon. The building, located at Columbus Circle, contains 12 levels over its 54,000 square feet interior and features beautiful staircases leading to bright, open gallery spaces.
One of the major missions of MAD is to encourage the public to appreciate art and design via demonstrations, classes and workshops. The museum’s educational department has been specifically designed to help audience members become active participants and to provide a fuller experience of the exhibitions and displays.
Almost 95% of all permanent collections are available to view online at the MAD website. These are accessible by exploring webpages with high resolution images including 400 materials and techniques. You can also create your own art collections from the MAD exhibitions by registering and curating the art on display.
This museum welcomes public participation and there open studios available where you can meet and talk with the artists and designers about their work. The artists will fully explain their latest creations and free tours are available throughout the week as well specialty evenings led by staff and guest speakers.(Image by Edward Blake)
This museum understands how much children love art and family days are run on specific dates throughout the year. Family art programs are also held weekly to inspire children and encourage their artistic side with workshops led by professional artists. Children can view exhibitions and create 3-D objects from scratch – the breath-taking views of Central Park from the museum will be one of the highlight for first time visitors.
If you’re heading to New York and wish to immerse yourself in contemporary art and design then MAD is the place to go. You can book online and save 20% off the admission price for up to six people with the Museum of the Arts and Design voucher. This is great for if you’re heading to the Big Apple with the family or a large group of like-minded friends.
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Feature image by Vernon Community Arts Centre