NEW YORK, NY.-
Featuring 70 works of sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, textiles and other media, Re: Collection celebrates the Museum of Arts and Design
s five years at Columbus Circle and Chief Curator Emeritus David McFaddens sixteen years at the museum through objects acquired during his tenure. During McFaddens years at MAD, the permanent collection has grown from 800 to more than 3000 objects, approximately 730 of which have been added in the last 5 years. On view from April 1 through September 7, 2014, Re: Collection will feature some of the most emblematic of these acquisitions and highlight the collections diversityof materials and techniques, but also of makerswhile revealing the multiple narratives at play behind each object.
"Davids curatorial vision has not only been defining for MAD over the last sixteen years, but also groundbreaking in establishing process and materials as wellsprings for creativity across the arts," says Glenn Adamson, MADs Nanette L. Laitman Director. "Re: Collection will highlight his positive impact on the Museums collection and acquisitions, and provide an opportunity for the greater public to engage with his singular vision."
Organized around several thematic threads, Re: Collection will examine McFaddens curatorial methodology through personal recollections drawn from the permanent collection, and showcase acquisitions that embrace both MADs founding focus and McFaddens farseeing vision of contemporary craftsmanship.
Today, the MAD collection is international in scope and significance. I hope that this selection of works acquired from 1997 to today will engage people on many levels, revealing how and of what they were made, why there were made, and who was the individual who created them. says David McFadden. These works are personally very meaningful for me, and I trust that our visitors will share my enthusiasm for them.
Re: Collection will explore the material and process-centered themes of McFaddens exhibitions at MAD, such as Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting; Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary; Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art; Slash: Paper Under the Knife; Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities; and Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design. These successful exhibitions reframed the narratives around the specific possibilities of materials by revealing the interplay of formal concerns with social, political, narrative, and autobiographical content.
Highlights from the exhibition include the following works:
Terese Agnews Portrait of a Textile Worker (2005), sewn together out tens of thousands of donated designer labels, calls attention to the factory garment worker in Bangladesh, and underscores the process of creating while highlighting systems of production and the relationship between people and their built environment.
Judy Chicagos huge tapestry The Fall (1993), a central work in Chicagos landmark The Holocaust Project, addresses both the Holocaust and feminism through intertwined symbolism and imagery.
Paddy Hartleys Lumley (2007), an embroidered World War I soldiers uniform, incorporates medical and historical personal records, as well as research on facial reconstructive surgeries
Jennifer Trasks exuberant Intrinsecus (2010), a large-scale installation that evokes a seventeenth-century vanitas still life, symbolizes the transitoriness of all life. Trask has created baroque flowers and foliage using natural materials that range from bison teeth and deer skulls to antler and cobra ribs.
Vika Mitrichenkas Teaset "Victoria" no. 12 (2008), is a poignant and humorous commemoration of Mitrichenkas elderly grandmother, who lovingly repaired (often incorrectly) pieces of her prized family china.
Kim Schmahmanns Apart-Hate (2005-10), is a compelling document indicting apartheid as practiced in his native South Africa. The work features complex inlay, as well as original documents from the apartheid era.
Paul Villinskis Pilot (1995) repurposes workmans gloves found on the streets of New York to evoke memories of loss and transfiguration, using the combined motifs of a birds wing and a broken childs chair.