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from the curators « MAD Blog
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from the curators

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 Forest of Jewelry- exhibition design with Rupert Deese

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In response to comments from visitors about the ethereal layout of Space, Light, Structure: the Jewelry of Margaret De Patta, we decided to sit down with exhibition designer Rupert Deese. Interviewed by Rachel Weisman, Deese talks about his plans and practice, key concepts from the show, and his connection with Donald Judd.

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Hair is where it’s at

Meshac Gaba 'Rivington Place' Headpiece

The relationship between Black people and our hair has always been a many layered one. Awe-inspiring at best - and mind-boggling at worst - the hair as a medium of self-expression can be simultaneously representative and abstract; take a look at American comedian Chris Rock's recent documentary, 'Good Hair', and you'll see what I mean.

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Choosing Textiles for the Exhibition

Ed Rossbach, 'Basket,' 1966

Part of my job as exhibition curator is to meet with artists and collectors who may know of important works that may be tucked away -- just waiting for their moment in the curatorial sun. One good way is to give a lecture on the topic to an interested group. So, on November 18th, I will be speaking to the Textile Study Group of New York, a highly respected and very active organization of fiber artists, writers, and conservators.

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Defining “African.”

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In my first entry for this blog I posed a series of questions raised by The Global Africa Project. One of them was “How do we define “African” in this age of nomadic and migratory identities?” Serge Mouangue, the Cameroonian designer working in Japan, wrote eloquently in the last Global Africa post about how he copes with the multiple experiences he’s had in Cameroon, France, Australia and Japan.

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Transcending Cultures: Africa meets Japan

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[ED: Lisa Marie Harris is a Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Arts and Design] As a fashion-loving Curatorial Intern working on the Global Africa Project, I often find myself drifting off into stylish daydreams whenever I gather artist and designer information for the exhibition. It's difficult to focus solely on compiling info when some of my artist research also involves ogling patterned, wax-bonded materials and African-influenced fashion!

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Re-inventing Fiber

Lenore Tawney in 1959

As we prepare our show, we are often struck by the impressive personal stories of the artists we are planning to include. With this in mind, we wanted to share a bit about fiber artist Lenore Tawney.

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Transformations: New Directions in Black Art Conference

Douglas Ewart and his sonic tops

I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the organization of the conference, Transformations: New Directions in Black Art which was held at the Maryland Institute College of Art October 23, 24 and 25th.

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The Countdown Begins!

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In two years, our exhibition “Making It Real: The American Studio Movement 1945-1969” will open, co-curated by Jeannine Falino and me, Jennifer Scanlan. We thought it might be interesting to document this process for anyone out there who is interested in how an exhibition like this comes together.

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Exploring The Global Africa…

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The interest in Africa today is the most focused and proactive that it has ever been, and so it would seem the timing of the Global Africa Project was precipitous. The sheer amount of talent, product and activity that is emanating from Africa, from Africans in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia is astounding and makes organizing this exhibition a challenge.

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