|Landscape I, by Levi van Veluw|
MUSEUM: Museum of Arts and Design
TIME: 1.25 hrs
COST: $15 each
|Museum of Arts and Design|
|Untitled, by Shokosai Hayakawa|
|Sagittarius, by Shen Shaomin|
In 2002, the museum moved into a modern 9 story building on the famous Columbus Circle, facing the southwest corner of Central Park. We were lucky enough to walk in just as the (free) guided tour began and got extensive explanations of the exhibits, which was much appreciated. The guide followed what we've come to realize is the preferred mode of museum viewing: starting at the top and working down. We’d recommend taking the stairs at this museum, as there were installations in the stairwells, such as blown glass goblets and painted murals.
|Cauda Equina, by Keith Bentley|
|Skull, by Jan Fabre|
|Tides, by Ferne Jacob|
|Kuskokwim, by Fran Reed|
The lowest exhibition floor was entirely devoted to metal. There was a section on the jewelry of tribal peoples in North Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. Most of the pieces looked heavy and uncomfortable, prized less for beauty and more as a show of wealth, used for trading or as a transfer of wealth in dowries. It made for an interesting commentary on the history and practicality of jewelry. The rest of this floor harbored a massive collection of bicycles in the exhibit “Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle.” For once, I agreed with Paul. Neither or us saw much art of what looked like perfectly normal bicycles, but then we aren’t avid cyclists so we’re probably missing something.
Our take on things: The Museum of Arts and Design was our second design museum. The first, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, focused purely on design and design innovations, and was fairly technical. The Museum of Arts and Design took a completely different approach and concentrated more on art, often seeming to leave design out of the equation. We both liked its novel uses of traditional craft materials and felt that the museum’s exploration of art in common objects (and things made from common objects) made for largely interesting and approachable exhibits. However, Paul would have liked to see more exhibits with both art AND design.
|The bar at Robert|
|Fragile Future 3, by Lonneke Gorkijn and Ralph Nauta|