*Featured photo: Installation view of Craft Front & Center at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City (February 4, 2023 to January 14, 2024). Photo by Jenna Bascom; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS PERMANENT COLLECTION THROUGH
MORE THAN 60 HISTORIC WORKS AND NEW ACQUISITIONS
MAD – Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York
February 4 – January 14, 2024; Tue-Sun, 10am – 6pm
An ongoing exhibition of the Museum of Arts and Design’s (MAD) growing permanent collection of over 3,500 objects, Craft Front & Center features a fresh installation of more than 60 historic works and new acquisitions dating from the golden age of the American Craft movement to the present day. Organized into themes of material transformation, dismantling hierarchies, contemplation, identity, and sustainability, the exhibition illuminates how the expansive field of craft has broadened definitions of art.
Established at the Museum’s beginning in 1956, MAD’s permanent collection was the vision of Museum founder, Aileen Osborne Webb, the collector and philanthropist who pioneered an understanding of craft and the handmade as a creative driving force of art and design. With the aim of broadening access to the collection’s holdings, Craft Front & Center also highlights the work of several textile artists, including Ruth Clement Bond, Lenore Tawney, Carolyn Mazloomi, and Sarah Zapata, among others.