Museum of Arts and Design

Todays Date: 10/22/19
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Surface Adornment with Ceramic Decals  | Open: 03/01/14 Close: 03/01/14
Creating an amazing figurative piece in ceramics and clay is often the beginning of realizing a final artworkand the final surface treatment can transform the meaning of a work dramatically. Exploring the use of ceramic decals on figurative ceramics, the afternoon-long, hands-on workshop Surface Adornment with Ceramic Decals gives students a crash course in the various possibilities of color, images, patterns and other surface treatments for ceramic works.


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Koyaanisqatsi  | Open: 01/31/14 Close: 02/28/14
The first of Reggio's Qatsi trilogy, Koyaanisqatsi translates to "life out of balance" in Hopi. Through a remarkable collage of footage, Koyaanisqatsi weaves together glimpses of events around the globe: building demolition, bustling urban landscapes, bomb detonation, assembly line production, television, pictograms and more. Through this poetic use of moving images, Reggio traces the effects of industrialization and modern life on both our natural world and humanity. The film that first brought Reggio international acclaim, Koyaanisqatsi traces humankind's relationship with technology, the environment and, of course, one another.


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Crafting rings and bracelets from untraditional materials, jeweler David Mandel leads an afternoon-long, hands-on workshop in assemblage. Utilizing a variety of materials, from plastic to metal, and found objects to beads, experienced and novice participants alike will learn how to construct signature pieces.


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Moment Pendants with Precious Metal Clay  | Open: 11/16/13 Close: 11/16/13
Join MAD for an afternoon-long, hands-on workshop exploring the use of precious metal clay to construct a wearable pendant that captures a vital moment in its wearer's life. Precious Metal Clay, a crafting material developed in the '90s in Japan, is composed of small precious-metal particles mixed with an organic binder; it becomes pure metal after firing in a kiln. Using the exciting possibilities of this amazing medium, this workshop will help you mold and create fineries of that capture your life experiences in physical form.

All materials provided. No previous experience necessary.


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The Pleasure Ritual  | Open: 11/09/13 Close: 11/09/13
Within the context of the nightlife environmentconstituted by a gathering, or collective body with powerful political potentialaspects of sound, fashion, and other visuals can be enhanced and diminished to create a space where the limits of language are mitigated and by aesthetic and chemical communication. Panelists will illustrate the ways in which the ritual form of the party might engender new political possibilities, aided by artistic forces.

as part of THE FUN Conference on the Social Practice of Nightlife


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What Ever Happened to Flyers? Nightlife Post-Internet  | Open: 11/09/13 Close: 11/09/13
Bringing together seasoned and emerging nightlife practitioners, What Ever Happened to Flyers?: Nightlife Post-Internet will address the impact of widespread internet-based party promotion on contemporary nightlife scenes. Speaking from various levels of engagement and familiarity with web-based and analog platforms, panelists will consider such questions as: What does it mean to move the exchange of information outside of physical space and into cyberspace? How does this affect the visibility of nightlife networks to the general population? Does the virtual social space of the internet alter the physical architecture of nightlife venues and the shape of its constituent communities?

as part of THE FUN Conference on the Social Practice of Nightlife


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THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice  | Open: 11/08/13 Close: 11/08/13
Launched in 2011, MAD's signature program THE FUN Fellowship in the Social Practice of Nightlife has championed NYC artists working in nightlife. Elevating this under-supported practice through individual cash awards and logistical support, THE FUN Fellowship not only gives these artists the opportunity to develop their own practices, but also seeks to raise awareness and spark dialogue around nightlife as an art form.

Marking the third anniversary of this innovative program, MAD is pleased to present THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice. Occurring over the course of a weekend, THE FUN Conference on Nightlife as Social Practice explores the growing dialogue around participatory, social, and collaborative arts practices and their relation to nightlife.

Presented in tandem with the publication of the book THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC, THE FUN conference gathers together a variety of voices in nightlife through panel discussions, lectures, and special projects that explore the intersection and positioning of nightlife in relation to social class, New York City, other social practices, and the fine arts.

Friday, November 8th, 7:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker

Saturday, November 9th, 11:00 a.m.
The Pleasure Ritual

Within the context of the nightlife environment constituted by a gathering, or collective body with powerful political potential aspects of sound, fashion, and other visuals can be enhanced and diminished to create a space where the limits of language are mitigated and by aesthetic and chemical communication. Panelists will illustrate the ways in which the ritual form of the party might engender new political possibilities, aided by artistic forces.

Saturday, November 9th, 1:00 p.m.
You Deserve a Drink Ticket! The Art of Hosting

Within the social turn lies the hospitable turn. The role of host, whether in a public, private, or semi-private setting, is predicated upon concern for both the aesthetic and ethical consideration of his or her guests. Considering the merits of nightlife as a parallel emergent practice to socially engaged artwork, panelists will evaluate the production of visual, kinesthetic, aural, and gustatory stimuli to create immersive social environments. With consideration to the historical symbiosis between art and nightlife, and the contemporary correlation between hospitality and utopia, panelists will discuss the criteria upon which these practices might be artistically, politically, and sociologically considered and critiqued.

Saturday, November 9th, 3:00 p.m.
What Ever Happened to Flyers? Nightlife Post-Internet

Bringing together seasoned and emerging nightlife practitioners, What Ever Happened to Flyers?: Nightlife Post-Internet will address the impact of widespread internet-based party promotion on contemporary nightlife scenes. Speaking from various levels of engagement and familiarity with web-based and analog platforms, panelists will consider such questions as: What does it mean to move the exchange of information outside of physical space and into cyberspace? How does this affect the visibility of nightlife networks to the general population? Does the virtual social space of the internet alter the physical architecture of nightlife venues and the shape of its constituent communities?

Sunday, November 10th, 11:00 a.m.
States of Excess and Undress: Fashion, Performance, and Taboo in Nightlife

As Roland Barthes has written in Fashion, A Strategy of Desire, "The body which is completely covered can be deemed erotic by a society. Eroticism is linked to contrast in norms in any one society." In this vein, to what extent can the dominant perceptions of nightlife and queer-friendly spaces as overly eroticized and overly hedonistic be attributed to the essentially non-normative, subcultural natures of these events and environments? Panelists will consider how nightlife art practices can affect the fundamental pathways for inscribing or erasing dichotomies between acceptable and taboo behaviors and lifestyles.

Sunday, November 10th, 1:00 p.m.
Brooklyn and Beyond: After the So-Called Death of Nightlife

The NYC party has undergone a number of transformations in its form, content, and demographics over the last several decades. Arguably, the most germane shift has been in its geographical dispersion. Central to this discussion is NYC gentrification, and the subsequent and inevitable scattering of cultural producers. Altogether locational shifts have left the nightlife world with a problem of nostalgia for a golden age of nightlife in a bygone past. Panelists, representing a variety of forms of engagement with nightlife, will address the so-called "death of nightlife," discussing forms of innovation and evolution in nightlife practices, from the live/work space to the one-off event.

Sunday, November 10th, 3:00 p.m.
No Dancing Allowed: Government Regulation of Nightlife

Policies regulating nightlife in NYC, called cabaret laws, have a colorful history. Enacted in 1926, many of the laws have since been amended, and some have been removedincluding one that stated club musicians "must be of good character." But the majority of the laws has remained intact. Largely unenforced for decades until 1997, cabaret laws have since vastly impacted the landscape of nightlife programming throughout the city. The diverse panelists will include experts in public policy, law, hospitality, and nightlife production, to offer broad perspectives on the status of nightlife regulations and their impact on communities.


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Keynote  | Open: 11/08/13 Close: 11/08/13
In the coming days, MAD will be pleased to announce the special keynote speaker of the first conference on nightlife as artform.


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Beaded Narrative Necklaces in Polymer Clay  | Open: 10/12/13 Close: 10/12/13
Join artist Jessica Stoller for an afternoon-long, hands-on workshop exploring the use of polymer clay to construct beaded narrative necklaces. Approaching the material with a sculptural and painterly sensibility, students will intertwine unlikely colors and stack bold strips of clay together to create beads, which will be strung together with materials such as glass, metal, and wood to construct linear personal stories.

All materials provided. No previous experience necessary.


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Impression Bracelets  | Open: 09/28/13 Close: 09/28/13
Join artist Jessica Stoller for an afternoon-long, hands-on workshop exploring the use of polymer clay to construct impression bracelets: bold, stackable, geometric bangles. Students will learn a variety of techniques for molding colorful, wearable wonders.

All materials provided. No previous experience necessary.


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May finds former B-boy Doug Elkins combining hip-hop, Graham, and Balanchine in rousing dances; former Merce Cunningham Company member, Rashaun Mitchell, exploring human relationships in his bold and emotional, almost surreal, works; world-renowned Bharathanatyam performer and choreographer, Ramya Ramharayan, beautifully blending Hindu tradition with a contemporary sensibility; and Blakeley White-McGuire, a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, creating dramatic works of great power that reveal her expressionistic roots.


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For April, Dance Under the Influence brings together the charismatic NYCB principal Jared Angel, who mixes classical tradition with a contemporary sensibility; Swedish choreographer Pontus Liberg, a master of blending film, music and dance; Susan Marshall & Company, known for their intriguing dances about human relationships that explore intimacy and community; and Sara du Jour, the drag twosome Jordan Isadore and T.J. Spaur, who hilariously discover humor in everything, showing the influence of both Martha Graham and the eccentric Israeli choreographer, Ohad Naharin.


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Exploring alternatives to today's general paradigm of 'museum' - particularly museums that exhibit both art and design - leading figure in the world of design, Murray Moss, holds a one of a kind master class at MAD. Exploring the framing of Moss, Mr. Moss's iconic NYC design gallery and showroom for 18 years was perceived, in fact, to be an 'alternative museum.' Elaborating on certain key exhibitions, Moss will discuss with the audience their opinions on the formation and presentation of art and design outside of traditional gallery walls.

Having designed and mounted over 100 exhibitions at his various venues - Moss NY, Moss LA, Design Miami, Basel, Phillips de Pury, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, Murray will draw from approximately 24 of these exhibitions, using images as catalysts to informally but candidly discuss specific alternative propositions to today's standards for the display of art and design in museums, as well as at home.


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In March, Dance Under the Influence continues with ABT Studio Company giving audiences a chance to see stars of the future perform works by great choreographers of our time; the dynamic all-female, hip hop Decadance Theatre presents a thrilling mash-up of street dance and ballet, while post modernist David Neumann delivers works of poignancy and dry wit, and great theater artist and puppeteer Basil Twist creates an engrossing world with his favorite puppet characters.


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The February 2013 installment of Dance Under the Influence offers the intense and playful dances of veteran dancer/choreographer Molissa Fenley; former Mark Morris company member, John Heginbotham's magical works, filled with quirky humor and elegant moves; the stylish, fiery, soulful tap dancer, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, enchanting with her lush musicality; and the emerging Zack Winokur's athletic and romantic choreographic inventions, which reveal his deep connection with opera.


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