Florals by Lutfi Janania. Photo by Ricardo Rivera

Flower Craft (through Jun 26, 2022), celebrates the creative visions of botanical artists working at the forefront of contemporary floral design. Inspired by nature’s ephemerality and its inimitable palettes, these artists are investigating all stages of the plant life cycle, from seed to germination to decay, to interpret nature in sculptural form. As they expand the boundaries of materials and creative expression, the artists are also engaging in a variety of aesthetic traditions, from early modern European still life painting to the eighteen-century picturesque to the hyperreality of the twenty-first-century digital realm all of which are explored in the exhibition.

Each week the work of a new botanical artist is featured in the Flower Craft gallery. The roster of upcoming artists includes Doan Ly, Lutfi Janania, Emily Thompson, and Manu Torres. 

A Flower Craft Power Pass may be purchased online and offers discounted admission to the Museum for $45 (a $108 value) for visitors to experience multiple visits to the Flower Craft exhibition.

FLOWER CRAFT STUDIO CLASSES, ARTISTS, AND SCHEDULE

Surrounded by the extraordinary display of innovative floral design, audiences of all ages and skill levels are able to explore floral creativity with an inspiring collective of artists and designers.

Flower Craft Atelier: Lutfi Janania  
Tuesday, May 31, 6-8 pm
Winner of season two of HBOMax’s hit series Full Bloom, botanical artist Janania leads a floral-design workshop inspired by the sensual aesthetic of his creative studio, ROSALILA.

Flower Craft Atelier: Manu Torres
Tuesday, June 14, 6–8 pm
Botanical artist Manu Torres leads a workshop in his avant-garde approach to floral design inspired by his rock-star Rococo aesthetic.

Family Workshop: Silk Flowers
Sunday, June 5, 10:30 am–12 pm
Learn how to upcycle silk flowers into wearable statement pieces with the community-based nonprofit BloomAgainBklyn and guest floral designers.

Floral Charms with Lē Matthew x Degrade
Saturday, June 11, 2–4 pm
Eco-creative Lē Matthew, founder of Degrade, the experimental slow-fashion label promoting biodegradable materials and textile explorations, will lead a workshop using petals, leaves, and other organic waste sourced from Flower Craft to create personal floral charms.

Giving Back with Blooms
Tuesday, June 7, 2–4 pm
Flower Craft, blooms will be repurposed into individual arrangements to be distributed to the city’s most vulnerable during this in-gallery workshop with BloomAgainBklyn, the community-based nonprofit.

Contemporary Trends in Floral Design
Tuesday, June 21, 7–8 pm
A conversation and demonstration with Flower Craft artist Emily Thompson and Nancy Hass, writer at large for T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Blooms in Black and White with Sarah Bedford
Tuesday, June 14, 12–2 pm
Sarah Bedford, co-curator of Flower Craft and creative director of Bedford & Co, leads an afternoon floral painting workshop.

On View

Flower Craft 

Through Jun 26, 2022

Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art

Through Aug 14, 2022

Chris Schanck: Off-World

Through Jan 8, 2023

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. For more information, visit madmuseum.org.

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