‘Craft Front and Center: Conversation Pieces’ at The Museum of Arts and Design

 

 

 

Craft Front & Center, Installation view of Craft Front & Center at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (February 4, 2023 to January 14, 2024). Photo by Jenna Bascom; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design.

Opening June 1, Craft Front & Center: Conversation Pieces explores craft’s collaborative approach to learning and working by placing pioneering twentieth-century craft artists into dialogue with twenty-first century artists who are rethinking craft techniques and materials. Showcasing MAD’s permanent collection, the exhibition brings together more than sixty historic, recently acquired, and commissioned works in a range of artistic media; most prominently, the central craft materials of ceramic, glass, and fiber.

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Explore the Whimsical & Experimental World of 1960s Paper Fashion at Museum of Arts and Design

 

 

 

Installation view of Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s, 2021; Phoenix Art Museum. Image © Phoenix Art Museum.

On view from March 18 to August 27, 2023, at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960s explores the era’s short-lived phenomenon of paper fashion through more than 80 rare garments and accessories crafted from non-woven textiles. These fashions, introduced in 1966 as a promotional campaign for Scott Paper Company, combined bold, graphic design with space-age innovations in materials. Surfacing a little-known chapter in the history of design, Generation Paperilluminates the creative partnerships of craft and commerce in the development of semi-synthetic and synthetic materials.

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