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Museum of Arts and Design Grand Night at Patron’s Preview

Museum of Arts and Design Grand Night at Patron’s Preview

The New York City art scene is painting a brilliantly colored comeback.

On May 20, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design hosted a Patron’s Preview offering new exhibitions and makers experiences.

“Tonight is a wonderful celebration to kick-off the summer at MAD”, said Interim Director Terry Skoda. “There’s no better time to share with New York City our exciting new exhibitions and our eclectic permanent collection. We invite everyone to visit.”

Ted Taylor, Michele Cohen (BFA)

Guests included board member Marian C. Burke, MAD Chair Michele Cohen, MAD Luminaries Co-Chair Alexander Hankin, Chairman Emeritus Lewis Kruger, Chairman Emerita Barbara Tober, as well as Shaikha Paula Al-Sabah, Ambassador Gerard Araud, Michael Bolla, Joan Hardy Clark, Tiffany Dubin, Rina Dweck, Sharon King Hoge, Bryan Ludwig, Shantell Martin, Meredith Marks, Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe, Christina Senia, Ted Taylor, Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, and Timo Weiland.

Timo Weiland, Bryan Ludwig (BFA)

Craft Front & Center (on view until February 13, 2022) brings together more than 70 iconic and lesser-known works, assembled from the eclectic richness of the Museum’s permanent collection, to highlight key touchpoints in craft’s history that have led to the current moment.  The exhibition reinforces the Museum’s mission of championing contemporary makers across creative fields and presenting the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill.  

Moyer and Pepe’s Tabernacles For Trying Times (on view until February 13, 2022), marks the first major museum survey of the painter and sculptor duo, whose abstract works, rich with color and materiality, explore themes of craft, feminism, and queer activism. Highlighting the artists’ individual styles and techniques, collaborative works, and new directions through more than 25 works on view, the exhibition presents their most ambitious collaboration to date.  

Guests were mesmerized by a new work conceived by the art collector and patron Joanna Fisher while in quarantine; The Fisher Dollhouse: A Venetian Palazzo in Miniature (on view until September 26, 2021). Inspired by Venice’s glamorous Gritti Palace, the dollhouse boasts a fifteenth-century classical exterior and ten rooms filled with an eclectic range of historical and contemporary craft, art, and design. It displays an impressive collection of contemporary art created by more than ten international artists, many of whom are working in miniature for the first time, including Michele Oka Doner, Ryan McGinness, Antonio Pio Saracino, Hunt Slonem, Darren Waterston, and Dustin Yellin.

The Museum of Arts and Design is located at Two Columbus Circle in New York City and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm. 

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ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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