The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has a lot going on this summer. first up is “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today” – the title nicely sums up the exhibit. I enjoyed this show, which highlighted the wide-ranging way these artists used textiles, clay and metals, media that have often been relegated to the “alternative” category. Combining both handmade and industrially produced objects, the exhibit captures the workmanship that went into their creation. The show features over 100 works by international and US-based women in the 1950’s and ’60’s as well as contemporary artists and designers.
Next up I visited “Richard Estes: Painting New York City,” a wide-ranging selection of this photorealist master’s large scale paintings – you really feel like you’re on that bus, or train, or ferry, although at first glance they can be a bit disorienting. I was delighted that there were also some of the tools, proofs and woodblocks used to create the silkscreens and woodcuts, providing a look into his creative process.
Before leaving, I stopped in the jewelry collection, one of my favorite spots in the museum. The featured displays are always interesting, but what I really like is that you can open up the drawers that line the room and see even more necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins and other adornments. This room is a must-stop for jewelry lovers!