My visit to the Museum of Arts and Design this morning. I was very much looking forward to the show which opened this morning, entitled “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial.” Through showcasing the work of one hundred NYC-based makers, it comes to further shape the mission of the Museum as being redefined by its new Director Glenn Adamson, and its commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields. After all, craftsmanship is the most substantial force in contemporary design.
I loved seeing the work of my friend Miriam Ellner, a stunning verre eglomisé screen, which employs the process of gilding the reverse side of glass with gold or metal leaf, and some works by local artists unknown to me. However, I found the lack of labels, which forces the viewer to follow diagrams and uncomprehensive illustrations in a small booklet draining, exhausting, and taking away from the freedom. I hope that MAD considers adding labels to enhance the experience of visitors to this innovative, didactic show.