You already know all of the big ones: the Met, the Guggenheim, MOMA, but New York is filled with smaller and extremely interesting museums that you may have never visited. Lynn here, from Decor Arts Now, and today I am going to share one of my favorite cultural destinations in the city: The Museum of Arts and Design, otherwise known as MAD.
I like to think that MAD is shorthand for mad for creativity. You need only walk into the lobby to be inspired.
Typically, they include part of a current exhibition just inside the front doors. Right now, one of the shows currently on view, is entitled New York Makers and displays the handiwork of New York artisans of all sorts.
The lobby has a fabulous display by Confetti Systems made from paper, fabric and foil, which will bowl you over with its vibrant color and texture.
Over by the main staircase is a parabolic tower. also part of the New York Makers show, designed by the architect and mathematician Haresh Lalvani that is stretched from a single piece of perforated steel.
When I ventured upstairs to the see the rest of the New York Makers exhibition, I was treated to more color and texture. I love the intimacy of MAD‘s displays. Generally in an exhibition at MAD you can walk right up to the artwork, and often there is an interactive element. Things are just a bit more low-key at MAD compared to the big guys, but no less inspirational.
Check out these other works from the New York Makers show.
Ralph Pucci designed this display of red mannequins.
Heidlee created “Echo Hat’–a visual pun of the “echo chamber” of the internet where we are bombarded with repetitive information. The backdrop is fabulous mylar wallpaper by Flavor Paper (which I loved!)
The exhibitions at MAD are not always so avant-garde, but the museum does seem to seek out the adventurous among us.
A while back, MAD housed a fabulous show on the reclusive and famous Doris Duke and her home in Hawaii, Shangri-La. MAD’s encompassing photographic displays made one feel like they where in the midsts of Hawaii while it was the dead of winter outside. And they included some of Doris Duke’s most stylish effects like this large monogrammed Louis Vuitton trunk–swoon!
And don’t get me started on the shop. Now here is a real New York secret source. Every object in there seems to have its own special story. There are items here you won’t find anywhere else.
Want a unique statement necklace that no one else will have? Now you know where to go.
Stumped for a house gift? Check out these gorgeous vessels.
The black and white pottery made in Virginia is fantastic, and the laminated wood bowls by Robert Jones have grabbed my heart.
And yes, like most museum shops, MAD carries art and design books of all sorts, but this pop-up book of flowers is especially endearing.
MAD is located on Columbus Circle. Stop in, even if you only have time for the lobby and the shop.
All photos by Lynn Byrne.