Saturday, December 29, 2018

Two Museums in One Afternoon - The Museum of Arts and Design and The Folk Arts Museum

A sample of Art Work from The
Museum of Arts and Design

I looked at a listing of museums looking for one that I never visited and found The Museum of Arts and Design  (MAD) located in Columbus Circle.  This museum recognizes artists working in the studio using fiber, clay, wood, glass, and metals to design their works.  Almost all the works that I viewed today were done recently.  The exhibitions there today were:
  • Sterling Ruby: Ceramics
  • The Burke Prize 2018 - This exhibit displays works of finalists for this prize that is open to artists under the age of forty.
  • MAD Collects - a sample of the museum's recent acquisitions
  • The Eye Level - Uses heavyweight thread to build a luminescent field
  • Fake News and True Love - examines jewelry as a document of popular cultural history
The museum was somewhat small and since it only took about 1 1/2 hours to see, we decided to walk over to the American Folk Art Museum at Columbus Avenue and 66th Street.  We were there earlier this year and thought the exhibits had changed over several months.  This museum is devoted to the expression of self-taught artists of yesterday and today.  The two exhibits today were:
  • John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night - Dunkley (1891-1947) is a significant artist from Jamaica.
  • Paa Joe: Gates of No Return - He is a contemporary artist from Accra known for his figurative coffins that draw from a traditional Ghanaian custom.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt by John Dunkley

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