Museum of Arts and Design@madmuseum

MAD champions contemporary artists, designers, and artisans, presenting contemporary art and design through a craft lens.

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Happy birthday, @judy.chicago! 🎉

Chicago is acknowledged as a pioneer of twentieth century feminist art. Through her work, she has reasserted the important, yet often overlooked contributions of women. Her provocative landmark work, ‘The Dinner Party,’ underscored women’s significance throughout history. Her stance as a feminist artist is buttressed by her commitment to education and her advocacy of human rights and equality. The ‘Birth Project’ (1980-1985), created in collaboration with weaver Audrey Cowan, focused attention on the process of birth, a central event in many women’s lives. In ‘The Creation,’ (pictured) planet earth becomes a metaphor for the human experience, beginning with a germ of life appearing in the darkness, enfolded and nurtured in an abstract womb.
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Judy Chicago
Audrey Cowan
‘The Creation’ (from the ‘Birth Project’), 1984
Modified Aubusson tapestry
42 x 168 in.
Gift of the Robert and Audrey Cowan Family Trust, 2015
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#judychicago #feministart


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“Miriam Schapiro’s name is linked irrevocably to the feminist movement of the 1970s. And justly so. Schapiro, who died in 2015, viewed her art as a vehicle for social change. Her idealism has in some ways worked against her, encouraging viewers to think of her work as a manifesto-in-paint, with all that implies about the elevation of politics over visual verve. So, on a recent visit to the Museum of Arts and Design, I was not prepared for the thrill of Schapiro’s work — the cleverness, the edginess, the spirit of playfulness that undergirds even her most monumental efforts.” — Deborah Solomon’s WNYC review on MAD’s exhibition, ‘Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro.’
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Check out the link in our bio to listen to the full review on @wnyc (4 mins. listen)👂📻🎙️ and come see the exhibition before it closes on September 9. 👁️👁️🎨
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Pictured: Miriam Schapiro’s ‘In Her Own Image,’ 1983 ©️ 2018 Estate of Miriam Schapiro / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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#surfacedepth #miriamshapiro #femmage #collage


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July 17 marks #WorldEmojiDay! 📅✨ What emoji do you think best describes Eve Peri’s ‘Face with Two Red Hands’❓
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Gift of Dr. Georgiana M. Peacher, 1992.


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Nearly 2,000 miles long, the US-Mexico border (la frontera) is the most frequently crossed international border in the world. Although predominantly depicted in the American media as a hub of drug trafficking and violence, the border which is porous in nature is also a place that allows for the exchange of ideas, wealth, and culture. MAD's exhibition 'La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border' seeks to tell the stories of the people whose lives the border has touched and to build empathy for those who aspire to cross it. On view through September 23. 🇲🇽🇺🇸
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Pictured here is Chilean-artist Guillermo Bert's 'La Bestia/The Beast' from the "Exodus” series (2016), a work presented as part of the exhibition 'La Frontera.' .
Artist Statement: "The routes taken by undocumented immigrants into the United States are fraught with danger and uncertainty. While most immigrants arrive on foot, an alternative means is via La Bestia, a train that has multiple lines for transporting goods from Mexico into the US. Albeit an incredibly risky and dangerous mode of transportation where people ride on top or in between freight cars, an estimated half-million migrants travel on the trains from Central America through Mexico to the border each year. I have utilized La Bestia as the subject for this woven textile from my "Exodus" series, which is dominated by QR codes that can be scanned to access the stories of a Central American immigrant and their journey to the US. For this piece, I worked with members of a Maya community in San Martín Chiquito, Guatemala, who wove the tapestry. Accompanying the textile is an audio recording of Manuel Balux, an immigrant of Maya descent from Guatemala who shares his experience riding La Bestia. To access the audio file, download a QR code scanning app, such as NeoReader, and follow the prompts to scan the large QR code in the center of the textile or scan the code here." #lafrontera #tapestry #labestia


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"Sanctuary recalls a history that cannot be omitted, but it [is] also one with which many cannot—and should not—hastily commiserate. Victor Hugo Green, the eponymous creator of the book, had hoped that one day his publication would be obsolete; Adams ensures that it will not be overlooked. Perhaps remembering and recreating sanctuaries is an act of resistance too." – ‘Artist Derrick Adams Reinterprets Jim Crow Era Travel Guide’ by Interview Magazine [full article in the bio link 📰]
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Closing on August 12: ‘Derrick Adams: Sanctuary’ explores themes of racism and mobility through 50 mixed-media works of collage and sculpture in a site-specific installation created by the artist (@derrickadamsny). The exhibition was inspired by ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’ (or commonly known as ‘The Green Book’).
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Published from 1936 to 1967, ‘The Green Book’ was created by New York postal worker Victor Hugo Green and served as a guide to finding hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, and other businesses that welcomed black Americans during the Jim Crow Era, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against non-whites was widespread. #derrickadamssanctuary


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Over the past few weeks, we've been sharing photos and videos captured by AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), an arts collective that has been traveling along the US–Mexico border, documenting stories of trans-border commuters and collaborating with artists and activists who work along the border. 🇺🇸🚙🇲🇽
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AMBOS (@ambosproject) was founded and established in 2015 by artist and activist Tanya Aguiñiga (@tanyaaguiniga). Works by Aguiñiga and AMBOS are currently on view through October 2 at MAD in the exhibition 'Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care.' At the heart of Aguiñiga's practice is an inquiry into how community is created and the role that craft, design, and materiality play in its formation.
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Between June and early July, AMBOS and Aguiñiga activated the border through art and storytelling projects. Head over to our Instagram Story to see AMBOS's latest work along the border and check out our past AMBOS Instagram Stories on our profile.
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Pictured here is The Rio Grande seen from the Progreso International Bridge. The Rio Grande forms part of the US–Mexico border. Photo courtesy of AMBOS.
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#ambosontheroad #usmexicoborder #tanyaaguiniga #craftandcare


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Nothing says #CowAppreciationDay like David Gilhooly's playful 'Europa Version of Cowpachino’ (1993). 🐮☕️🐸
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Gift of the artist and Camille Chang, 1993.


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In celebration of our exhibition Surface/Depth, and the legacy of Miriam Schapiro’s femmages (feminist collage paintings), we created this limited-edition, pink-on-pink femmage cap! Rock yours today. ⚡️💖 [link in bio to purchase]
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The exhibition highlights the pivotal role Schapiro's work and leadership played in the expansion of the art world to include historically marginalized forms of craft, decoration, and abstract patterning associated with femininity and women’s work.
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#surfacedepth #miriamshapiro #femmage


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Snag a ticket for our Zero-Waste weaving workshop with MAD summer artist-in-residence, @cynthiaalbertoweaver and her arts studio, @weavinghand! [ticket link in bio 🎟️ 🔗]
The workshop takes place on Sat, Jul. 14, 1-3 pm and will focus on introductory weaving techniques on peg looms, stylistic considerations when working on tapestries, and ways in which sustainable practices benefit the environment while facilitating the creation of stylistically unique work. Materials will be provided, but we encourage participants to bring recyclable and fabric-based items (plastic
or paper bags, old shirts, etc.) to add their own personal touches to their work. 🛍️ 📃👕👚✂️
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#weaving #weavingloom


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Happy #4thofJuly! 🎉🇺🇸 The Museum is closed today in observance of the holiday. We’ll be open tomorrow from 10 am - 9 pm where you can experience our five exhibitions on view and engage with our summer artist-in-residence, @cynthiaalbertoweaver.
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Pictured: Roxy and Tyler Wells, ‘Our Flag,’ 2001


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MAD will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. 🎇 🇺🇸 We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!
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Pictured: Kim Newcomb’s ‘Hot Dogs and Potato Chips,' 1968. 🌭🥔🌭🥔🌭🥔 Gift of the Johnson Wax Company, through the American Craft Council (@craftcouncil), 1977.
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#independenceday #glassart #glassartist


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Tuesday, July 3rd is your last chance to see 'Anna Riley: The Softening of the Stone’! 🗻 Located at the intersections of glass, paper, chemistry, and geology, Riley’s (@annaelizabethriley) art practice centralizes and isolates moments of material transformation. By way of photography 📸 and sculpture, the artist captures the power and complexity of transforming geologic materials through an intense and intimate focus on process-based methods of experimentation. ⚗️For Riley, exposing the chemical transformation of a material can reveal much about that material’s history and potential.


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