Yesterday after b.hrs went to MAD – Museum of Arts and Design. Wanted to since the famous renovation – and somehow always postponed it. But yesterday, by unexpected kindness from NY NOW expo, I got free admission to MAD as a visitor to the show (and 20% off museum shop merchandise), so I had no excuses for not going.
In short: the building is spectacular, exhibitions – a load of crap (in some cases, almost literal).
The architect really deserves the praise and so is GC: those beautiful window gap details – the glass inserts that follow the line from exterior wall to floor to ceiling; the gorgeous, gorgeous staircase – the multitude of cables, the slightly angled, tightly jointed wood treads and risers, the clean slim structural outline @ ceiling!
From 5 floors of exhibits I liked only the glass display @3rd floor, “Second Lives. Remixing the Ordinary”. Some of the things there are really good. Like the acrylic spheres’ “necklace” with inserted keepsakes from a train trip to Siberia, or the beautifully-crafted pinwheel with mirrors and magnifying lenses, or a wonderfully textured “wings” over a half-sawn turned chair made of dirty oiled working gloves (work of a pilot-artist to commemorate fellow pilots and plane mechanics, a paraphrase of aviation lapel pins).
The rest are sloppily-executed politicized ideological artifacts not worthy even of describing.