2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Description: On the first Sunday of the month, join a professional artist to explore the galleries followed by a hands-on workshop inspired by the objects in the exhibition. At MAD, the goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn through their hands while having a good time together in the galleries and studio.
This intergenerational workshop will focus on actively engaging with the exhibition, Playing with Fire. There will be fun and thought-provoking discussions on how to interpret and translate the exterior/interior world of glass, by looking at different glass processes and techniques through out the exhibition. Participants will explore sculpture through a tactile lens and participate in a hands-on workshop creating exhibition-inspired sculptures.
What role does gravity play in making glass art? How do the artists play with fire to create their work? How do the interior and exterior of a body of work interact? How does color change our perceptions? What role do all of these artistic chioces have on our emotions?
The tour and workshop will be appropriate for participants as young as six years old.
Venue Description: After several name changes and numerous relocations, New York City?s leading contemporary object institution is now known as the Museum of Arts and Design and housed in a completely redesigned building, covering four floors and more than 54,000 square feet. The museum?s mission is to ?collect, display, and interpret objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, the museum celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.? With the creation of the American Craftsmen?s Council in 1942, Aileen Osborn Webb planted the seeds that made the museum what it is today. The council went on to hold competitions and educational programs that celebrated handmade objects and encouraged excellence in their craftsmanship. In 1956 came the long-awaited establishment of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. The museum was renamed the American Craft Museum 30 years later, and moved to a new location to accommodate the its growing mass of supporters. The museum continued to grow, and also began to broaden the scope of art it presented. It adopted its current name in 2002 to reflect its artistic evolution. According to its website: ?Today, the museum celebrates materials and processes that are embraced by practitioners in the fields of craft, art and design, as well as architecture, fashion, interior design, technology, performing arts, and art and design-driven industries.