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crafting modernism

A Conversation With Hattula Moholy-Nagy

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On the occasion of the opening of Space, Light, Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta, MAD jewelry curator Ursula Ilse-Neuman sat down for a conversation with Hattula Moholy-Nagy. Hattula is the daughter of László Moholy-Nagy, the gifted and multi-faceted artist, who was a great influence on Margaret De Patta. For more than 40 years, Hattula has devoted herself to researching her father's life and work, while continuing to work in her own profession as a pre-Columbian archaeologist.

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A Meditation on Nature vs. Nurture on the Eve of the panel discussion When Margaret Met Moholy

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It’s fascinating when you consider family histories to see how talents and interests often run through the generations. I’ve thought about this whenever I’ve considered the career of my father, Edgar Bartolucci, who is a retired industrial designer and former Chicago Bauhaus student. When my Dad was in Chicago, his favorite teacher was Edward Bielawski, who taught the wood workshop. Evidently, when Margaret De Patta attended the school shortly before my father, he had also been one of her favorite teachers too, because shortly after my father finished his studies, Bielawski moved to the Bay Area and ultimately married De Patta. Small world, isn’t it?

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Craft Gets Groovy

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An emerging American youth culture electrified the craft movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Through music, drugs, and dress this generation expressed alternatives to the status quo. Many overwhelmingly rejected the corporate ladder of their parents’ generation to find satisfaction in the craftsmen lifestyle. Come see Crafting Modernism before it closes on January 15th.

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Crafting Manhattan

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If you're headed to New York City for the holidays, or, if you find yourself with some down time in the Big Apple, be sure to check out Caroline Hannah's guide to the coolest public art sites in Manhattan by American craftsmen at mid-century.

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The Mid-Century Interior Revealed

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While many of us are familiar with mid-century design, particularly mid-century furniture, we are often left asking what these interiors looked like.  The answer may surprise you.

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Documentary about Ray and Charles Eames

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I'm excited to see the documentary Eames: The Architect and The Painter all about legendary husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames. I thought our readers and fellow mid-century design aficionados would be interested too.

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Further Suggested Reading

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To accompany the exhibition Crafting Modernism there has been a veritable bonanza of magazine articles for mid-century design enthusiasts like myself. Read on for more resources on mid-century design!

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Crafting Modernism Opens!

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It is with much relief and no small measure of pride that we share with you these photos of the Crafting Modernism installation (open through January 12th). Today curator Jeannine Falino gives us a quick overview of elements found on each floor (the show inhabits the fourth and fifth floors of the Museum of Arts and Design).

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Guest Post: Jessica Shaykett of the American Craft Council

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y name is Jessica Shaykett and I'm a librarian at the American Craft Council. One of the best things about my job is being the keeper of archival materials related to the earliest exhibitions held at MAD, or as it was then known, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (MCC). I’ve spent countless delightful hours helping scholars and curators pore over images and catalogs.While the more than 300 objects in Crafting Modernism exemplified the tail end of the mid-century modernist movement, the makers represented the very best in cross-media talent that blossomed in the post-war era.

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Making It Real: Crafting Modernism

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This week has seen an army of preparators in the galleries, many of whom, like Jennifer Kuipers (shown at top), are artists in their own right. The entire gallery space on the 4th and 5th floors of MAD is being transformed with new walls and fresh paint in preparation for the works of art to be installed starting next week.

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