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Get MAD This September!




Get MAD This September!


Where the River Meets the Sea, 1984 Image dimensions: 2938px  x  5536px Dominic L. Di Mare

Chinese horsehair, paint, wood, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd, 1992 Photo by Ed Watkins

Looking Forward to being MAD starting this September

What not to miss this Fall? Opening September 23, 2014 at the Museum of Art and Design, a two part exhibition paying tribute to a paramount advocate of makers, Aileen Osborn Webb. What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder's Vision will showcase over 100 works from glass, ceramics, wood, metalwork and fiber, framing American makers from the 1950's to 1960's who were directly supported by Webb which included wood worker Sam Maloof, textile makers Anni Albers,  Jack Lenor Larsen and Lia Cook just to name a few. Webb was a tour de force launching the American Craft Council, the School of American Craftsmen and the Worlds Crafts Council and establishing the Museum of Arts and Design, originally in 1956 named the Museum of Contemporary Crafts. A critical focus of this portion of the show is specifically on the leadership and direction of Webb at the museum and in particular the landmark exhibition in 1969 titled, Objects: USA.

"Aileen Osborn Webb was one of the great visionaries of the twentieth century," sys Glenn Adamson, MAD's Nanette L. Laitman Director. "Her progressive conception of how the world around us can be made more humanely, more responsibly, has never been more relevant. With this project, we want to remind people of this amazing woman's many achievements, and show how the Museum today is carrying her mission forward."  

Tapestry, 1975   Image dimensions: 1273px  x  1000px Jan Yoors Marianne Yoors Handwoven wool  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sussman, 1993, Photo by Ed Watkins

Tapestry, 1975 Image dimensions: 1273px  x  1000px Jan Yoors Marianne Yoors Handwoven wool

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Sussman, 1993, Photo by Ed Watkins

The second portion of the show spotlights the present day advocates who have continued the mission outset by Webb. Nanettte L. Laitman (a current trustee of the Museum) has contributed a broad base of support including support for 235 recorded oral histories of American craftspersons by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Portions of these recordings are to be exhibited with key craftsperson's works of art. 

Some of the more recent acquisitions on view underline the role that the Windgate Foundation has made not only to the Museum of Art and Design but other non-profit institutions as well as direct support to makers. If you are able to make it to MAD before October 12th,  you can see the exhibit  NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial. 

These two exhibit will not only give you an overview of some major historical contributors to the fiber craft dialogue but treat you to contemporary works that are sure to delight.  


What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder's Vision

September 23, 2014 - February 8. 2014

Museum of Art & Design

2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019