• Sim Luttin

New York TRIP #2: Museum of Arts and Design, Professional Development Research


Visiting The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) was such a good experience. Situated diagonally to Central Park and Trump Towers(!), MAD explores making across all fields of contemporary creative practice. Its main focus is on the ways in which "artists and designers transform the world around us, through processes ranging from the artisanal to the digital. MAD’s exhibition program is dedicated to creativity and craftsmanship, and demonstrates the limitless potential of materials and techniques when used by gifted and innovative artists."

The collection includes international art, craft and design from 1950 to the present day, with a selection on display at any given time. It's renowned for its great programming and artists and craftspeople it exhibits and promotes. There are even artist studios that you can visit and talk to the makers.

This trip I had the pleasure of seeing MAD Collects: The Future of Craft Part 1, The Burke Prize 2018: The Future of Craft Part 2, a stunning collection of Sterling Ruby: Ceramics, the eye’s level by Anne Lindberg, Highlights from the Jewelry Collection Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, Xin Liu: Fellow Focus and Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

I was particularly interested in seeing the work of Robert Baines, mostly because he was the head of the Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT when I was a student in the early 2000s and also because I've long admired Robert's incredible work and craftsmanship. I found his latest show very funny, however I was much more impressed with his earlier works that explored "fake news" through a historical lens. The earlier works and explorations were much more nuanced and sophisticated than this overall collection.

What I did love was Sterling Ruby's ceramics: the scale, materiality and depth of exploration were unexpected and fabulous. I spent a considerable amount of time in the space circling the sculptures, standing back, getting up close - they are truly stunning artworks. So do enjoy this selection of crafted objects, from the top floor ceramics at MAD to the bottom level revelling in fake news.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines.

the eye’s level by Anne Lindberg

Verena Sieber-Fuchs ‘Garlic Collar’ 2012, garlic skins

El Anatsui 'Many Came Back' 2005, aluminum (liquor bottle tops) and copper wire

El Anatsui 'Many Came Back' (detail) 2005, aluminum (liquor bottle tops) and copper wire​

MAD install

Judy Chicago and Audrey Cowan ‘Would God Be Female? and Would There Be Equal Parenting?’ 2004 (detail)

Jordan Nassar 2018 cotton on cotton

Jordan Nassar 2018 cotton on cotton

Leonardo Benzant 'The Cameleon's Journey: Galveston' 2017, texts, string, monofilament, leather, acrylic, gel medium, glass seed beads, and miscellaneous

Sterling Ruby: Ceramics

Sterling Ruby: Ceramics (detail)

#craft #contemporaryjewellery #contemporaryartjewellery

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I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which I create and exhibit art. I pay my respects to Elders past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider Melbourne community and beyond. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. I acknowledge that I work and live country on which Members and Elders of The Wurundjeri people and their forebears have been custodians for many centuries and on which Aboriginal People have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. I acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.

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