MAD for Craft

A new exhibition at New York's MAD brings artists and makers to centre stage
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Lenore Tawney: Jupiter, 1959. Image © Sheldan Comfert Collins

New York's Museum of Art and Design has flung its doors open again with an exhibition – Craft Front & Center – that celebrates the central role that craft plays in the arts today.

It brings together more than 70 iconic and lesser-known works, gathered from MAD’s permanent collection, to highlight pivotal moments in craft’s history that have led to its position as front and centre of the art world today. It captures the creative revolution in materials, processes and subject matter that has transformed our understanding and expectations of art, while never losing sight of the joyful humour and irreverence that characterises the modern craft movement.

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Museum of Art & Design Image © Gustav Liliequist

Among the makers the exhibition showcases are Olga de Amaral, Charles Loloma and Patti Warashina, alongside others who have pushed the boundaries of material. Overall, it demonstrates the diversity of the handmade, confirming craft as one of the most exciting spaces for experimentation and wonder in art today.

'Craft Front & Center' is at the Museum of Arts & Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 11001 until 13th February 2022

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Sanford bigger: dagu, 2016. © Eva Heyd