Manu Torres, Floral Arrangement, 2020 (left). Courtesy of artist. Machine Dazzle (right). Photo: Gregory Kramer.
Chris Schanck: Off-World (Feb. 12, 2022–Jan. 8, 2023); Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art (March 12–Aug.14, 2022); Flower Craft (May 14–June 26, 2022); and Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle (Sept. 10, 2022–Feb. 12, 2023)
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is pleased to announce its 2022 exhibition schedule. The 2022 season will be bookended by the first major New York City museum exhibitions for designers Chris Schanck and Machine Dazzle. Also, next year’s program will feature works from both established and emerging artists and makers including Xenobia Bailey, Zoë Buckman, Louise Bourgeois, Nick Cave, Jeffrey Gibson, Lufti Janania, Doan Ly, Esmaa Mohamoud, Kent Monkman, Devan Shimoyama, Vivan Sundaram, Bronson van Wyk, Andrea Zittel, and others, as well as performances and installations in the galleries from Kristin Alpaugh, Enoch Cheng, Lexy Ho-Tai, Manu Torres, and more.
About the upcoming exhibition schedule, Nanette L. Laitman Director Tim Rodgers said, “Since its founding 65 years ago, MAD has consistently widened the scope of New York City’s cultural institutions to include creators quite different from those ordinarily seen in a museum. With the openings of the forthcoming Chris Schanck: Off World, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art, Flower Craft, and Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle, MAD builds on its history of highlighting creators who are redefining what art can do and be, and challenging preconceptions of what makes an object ‘museum-worthy.’ The added dimension of performance underlines our commitment to think more broadly and give all creativity a platform and a home.”
For audiences, 2022 at MAD will be a year exceptionally rich in visually stimulating and vibrant works, with many opportunities to collaborate with the artists who have created wondrous displays of color and material.
“From the pop fantasy palettes of contemporary furniture and flower design to the surreal and subversive deployment of color in costume and performance, there will be a pyrotechnic display of color at MAD next season,” said Elissa Auther, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator. “As a museum dedicated to the expressivity of materials, MAD is keenly interested in how creators explore and experiment with color, probing its multitudes of meaning and harnessing its aesthetic appeal to further important conversations on history, the environment, identity, and culture.”
Chris Schanck: Off World
February 12, 2022–January 8, 2023
Chris Schanck: Off World presents new work by the Detroit-based artist in his first solo museum exhibition in New York City. Known for his signature process dubbed Alufoil, Chris Schanck uses commonplace materials to create extraordinary works that fuse sculpture and furniture, blurring the boundaries between art and design. Schanck’s gleaming, colorful sculptures, and limited-edition furniture pieces—chairs, tables, cabinets, mirrors, lights—embody a laboriously crafted fabrication process whose forms are drawn from an imaginative blend of pop culture, sci-fi, and fantasy references. Operating from his studio in Detroit, Schanck employs members of the local mostly Bangladeshi community to help fabricate his works: skilled artisans who burnish thin pieces of aluminum foil to his structural armatures, which are built up from pieces of steel and foam insulation. Encased in a final coat of clear resin, like insects in bits of amber, the pieces exhibit a surface depth and smoothness that belies the encrusted forms and crinkled surfaces of the foil within. Extending his most recent direction, including a more figural approach, the exhibition will present a series of tableaux: stage sets of objects that plumb the depths of the artist’s imagination.
Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art
March 12–August 14, 2022
This exhibition brings together thirty-five international contemporary artists who engage with clothing as a medium of sculpture, installation, and performance. The term “garmenting” describes the practice of artists making or altering clothing for expressive purposes, a prevalent yet underexamined preoccupation among many artists across the globe. While highly diverse as a group, these artists share an interest in upending distinctions between “fine” and “applied” arts and creating work rooted in a fundamental aspect of human life—the physical body and the clothing that adorns and protects it.
Garmenting is organized around five, interrelated themes that explore the role of dress in shaping aesthetic practices, individual and group identities, and social, economic, and political relations. “Functionality” showcases works that blur the line between fashion, which traditionally has a practical function, and art, which traditionally does not. “Cultural Difference” centers on works that explore the relationship between dress and cultural, racial, and ethnic identities. “Gender” explores how gender and sexuality are performed through dress. “Activism” examines how artists use garments to call attention to how political violence affects individual bodies. “Performance” features artists who engage critically with costume through live and video-based performance. The Museum will host a series of live performances by exhibiting artists, whose work also will be represented by video in the galleries.
May 14–June 26, 2022
The exhibition Flower Craft is an invitation into the marvelous world of contemporary floral artistry featuring the creative visions of top designers working at the forefront of the field. More than an exhibition about the cultural symbolism of flowers in art, Flower Craft investigates floral artistry as an overlooked chapter in the history of craft and design, putting floral artists—those who use live blooms as their medium—at the center of the story.
Flower Craft unfolds over six weeks and features a new installation by one of the participating artists each week. Every installation will be accompanied by video documentation of the artist at work, highlighting their design thinking, expressive intent, and skill at pushing the boundaries of floral artistry. Alongside the ever-changing floral installations at the core of Flower Craft is a curated selection of vessels, complementing the emphasis on the craft and design of flower arrangement with the history of functional objects made for flowers.
The exhibition is planned with an array of special programs that will extend the themes of Flower Craft and engage the general public and the maker community with hands-on experiences.
Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle
September 10, 2022–February 23, 2023
Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle is the first solo exhibition of the genre-defying artist and costume designer Matthew Flower. Better known as Machine Dazzle and the theatrical genius behind cabaret, drag, and performance stars such as Taylor Mac and Mx Justin Vivian Bond, he is also a performer in his own right. This exhibition, spanning two floors at the Museum of Arts and Design, brings together over 60 of the artist’s stage creations made for himself and others alongside various stage environments, ephemera, material samples, photography, and video footage. Moving Machine Dazzle from backstage as a costume designer to center stage as an artist, the exhibition highlights the rich connections of his work to numerous overlapping creative communities, spanning cabaret and drag, theatrical set and costume design, handcraft, New York nightlife, and fashion.
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