NYC-ARTS

S2021 E529 | CLIP

NYC-ARTS CHOICE: Craft Front and Center

NYC-Arts visits "Craft Front and Center," a survey of the art and artists that have defined MAD since its inception.The exhibition celebrates the diversity of disciplines and materials it strives to bring to the forefront.

AIRED: September 30, 2021 | 0:05:41
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>>> NEXT, WE TRAVEL THE

COLUMBUS CIRCLE AND THE MUSEUM

OF ARTS AND DESIGN ALSO KNOWN AS

M.A.D., IT FOCUSES ON MEDIUMS

ALTHOUGH ONE TIME MARGINALIZED

IN THE ART WORLD.

FRONT AND CENTER IS THE SURVEY

OF THE ART AND AUGUST THAT HAVE

DEFINED M.A.D. SINCE ITS

FOUNDING IN 1956.

THE SHOW FEATURES A WIDE RANGE

EVER DISCIPLINES AND INCLUDES

WORK WITH SUCH ECLECTIC

MATERIALS AS TEXTILES, CLAY AND

WOOD.

THE THEMES OF THE HANDMADE WORKS

ARE FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE

POLITICAL, REINFORCE THE FORCE

OF

THE ROLE OF CRAFT IN SOCIETY.

>> THE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN

WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1956 TO

ADVOCATE FOR ARTISTS WORKING IN

THE UNDERAPPRECIATED MEDIUMS OF

GLASS, CERAMICS AND FIVER AND

WITH TEXTILE, JEWELRY AND

FURNITURE DESIGN.

CRAFT FRONT AND CENTER IS THE

EXHIBITION THAT CELEBRATES THE

RENEWAL OF INTEREST IN CRAFT AS

AN ART FORM AND IT BRINGS

TOGETHER OVER 70 ICONIC WORK IN

MAT'S UNIQUE CONNECTIONS, THESE

MEDIA WERE A LESS ARE FORM OF

CREA

CREATIVE ENDEAVOR.

THEY DISMISS THE OBJECTS THAT

ARE DESIGNATED CRAFT AND FOR

PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THOSE

PRACTICES AS CENTRAL TO THE

HISTORY OF ART AS ANY PAINTING

OR SCULPTURE MIGHT BE.

THIS EXHIBIT IS DESIGNED AROUND

NARRATIVE VIGNETTES.

THERE'S A GREAT NUMBER OF

BEAUTIFUL TEXTILES THAT

INTRODUCES MATERIAL AND

TECHNIQUES FROM WEAVING,

EMBROIDERY TO APPLIQUE AND QUILT

MAKING.

AMEROL TAKE APART THE

TRADITIONAL TAPESTRY STRUCTURE

CREATING A NUMBER OF WOVEN BANDS

TO PRODUCE A THREE-DIMENSIONSAL

WALL HANGING.

THE ARTISTS HAND SPUN AND DYED

THE WOOL THAT WAS USED IN THIS

VERY COLORFUL PIECE.

MARVIN LAKOSSKY IS A MAJOR

FIGURE IN THE ART FORM.

IT INCLUDES ARCHIVAL E FEMME RA

THAT HE USED TO PRODUCE THESE

SCULPTURES.

IT GETS ITS ORGANIC UNDULATING

SHAPE FROM THE MOLD THAT HE

WOULD USE TO BLOW THE GLASS

INTO.

THE EDGES OF THESE WORKS WERE

SOFTENED THROUGH GRINDING AND

THE BEAUTIFUL SOFT SURFACE WAS

CREATED THROUGH A SANDBLASTING

TECHNIQUE.

HE WOULD FINISH THE PIECE BY

CUTTING, ETCHING AND POLISHING.

>> SAMMY IS A WOODWORKER AND HE

USED HIS WORK CRADLE CABINET IN

1956 AT M.A.D. IN AN EXHIBITION

TITLED THE BED.

THE PIECE IS INNOVATIVE IN ITS

DESIGN COMBINING ALL OF THE

NEEDS OF A NEWBORN IN A SINGLE

PIECE OF FURNITURE.

INCLUDING DRAWERS FOR STORAGE

AND A SMALL CRADLE THAT ROCKS.

THE ROADSHOW CASES IT MAY LOSE

SENSITIVITY AS A WOODWORKER AND

THERE'S A WARMTH TO THE PIECE

THAT EXUDES A SENSE OF CARE AND

NURTURING SPACE FOR A NEWBORN.

THIS PICKS UP ON ONE OF THE

IMPORTANT THEMES OF CRAFT FRONT

AND CENTER IS THAT CRAFT IS IN

OUR HOMES AND EVERYDAY LIVES.

THE EXHIBITION SHOW CASES THE

POWER OF CRAFT AND ALSO AS A

TOOL FOR TAKING A STAND ABOUT

IMPORTANT ISSUES.

>> THE DISCIPLINARY ARTIST WHOSE

INTEREST COMES FROM EXPLORATION

AND RESEARCH ON ACTIVIST

CONTACTS LIKE PARADES AND

PROTESTS.

THIS BANNER, PIGEONS ARE BLACK

DUFFS WAS MADE AS PART OF A

SERIES FOR AN EXHIBITION THAT

WAS IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES

MATTER ACTIVISM.

THERE IS A COMBINATION WITH

TASSELS ABOUT THE CRITICAL

STATEMENT AND THE DESIRE TO

REDRESS THAT THROUGH HER ART.

IN IN WATER MIAMI BE IN ONE, HE

COLLABORATED WITH THE GLASS

BLOWING STUDIO IN MURANO, ITALY.

IT HAS TECHNIQUE WITH BEADING

WITH A GLASS-BLOWN PIECE.

THE FIGURE IN BEADS IS A MALE

FIGURE AND HE GAZES DOWN INTO

WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SORT OF

WATERY DEPTH AND HE HAS THE

REFLECTION OF THE WATER MIAMI

BEING LOOKING BACK UP AT HIM.

IT EXEMPLIFIES THE APPROACH OF

THE FEMALE BODY CONTEXTUALIZING

AS A FIGURE OF EMPOWERMENT.

THE TITLE WATER MAMMY IS A PLAY

ON THE WEST AFRICAN FEMALE WATER

>> I HOPE PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM

THIS EXHIBITION A NEW IDEA ABOUT

WHAT CRAFT CAN BE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO EVERYDAY LIFE

AND SOMETHING ABOUT M.A.D.'S

HISTORY AND IMPORTANT IN THE NEW

YORK CITY CULTURAL LANDSCAPE.

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