Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Museum of Art and Design

There are many museums and galleries that I have yet to visit in New York, so I thought I would take a trip to the the Museum of Art and Design (MAD).  The museum describes itself as the exploration of the "blur zone between art, design, and craft today", so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the exhibits.

The exhibits are situated over 5 floors, so we started at the top with the "Crafting Modernism: Mid century American Art and Design".  It was a very basic exhibit of various bits of furniture, jewelry and art from the 1940's-1960's.  There was a distinct lack of information about the pieces and therefore it was not very interesting.

The "Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design" exhibit had a few interesting pieces, but to me it looked like an expensive furniture store.  Again there was little or no information about the items, so it was difficult to grasp the concept of the exhibit or understand why those particular pieces were of interest.

The only exhibit saving this museum from being a complete waste of time and money was the "Korean Eye: Energy and Matter".  The 'BullMan' life size sculpture by Ji Yong Ho was amazing.  It is made from old tires and scarp metal and the creepy looking creature dominates the room.   There were some brilliant paintings and installations, and many of the artists had provided information about their work which was interesting and gave the pieces meaning.

I have to say that MAD is the least friendly and least relaxing museum I have ever visited.  The cashier was extremely rude when we purchased our tickets and the rest of the staff followed suit.  They have signs everywhere saying 'Do Not Touch' and there are a number of surly security guards watching your every move, shouting 'don't touch!' if you breath too close to an exhibit.  It was uncomfortable to say the least!  

Entry to the museum costs $15 and there isn't much to see, we were in and out in under an hour.  There are so many great museums to visit in New York and I'm sorry to say that I don't think MAD is one of them.

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  1. Thanks for the review, I'd be MAD to go there after this......sorry, that was awful

  2. Thanks for the tips! I'd be mad too!