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Robots Revisited

ComRo Inc.’s “Bumpy” (a 1978 remote-operated personal robot) greeted visitors at the entrance of The Robot Exhibit. Photo by Ralph Gabriner.

The Mars Curiosity Rover could easily have been a clinical vehicle of science now appears as an intrepid, curious robot, eager to live up to its name (and to send us fantastic high-res pictures of the Martian surface). Robots have been part of the public consciousness for a long time, in formats both science and fiction. MAD—then the American Crafts Museum, or ACM—was one of the first American museums to mount a comprehensive exhibition on the topic (so the museum’s press releases claimed, at least). Meet some of the rover's predecessors, Robots circa 1984.

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Studio in a Time Capsule

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Erica Rosenfeld's piece, Ladies of Ellendale, Cake of the Month Club, 1953, is a time capsule...which looks a lot like her studio. Read on for a glimpse at her workspace and some potent vintage inspiration.

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Papabubble NY show opens and there’s more…

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After several experiments sessions with talented candy makers, The exhibition at Papabubble New York (artisan candy store) has officially opened last Saturday! My hard candy sculpture, " Sweet Vessels" is currently up on the window display.

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This Could Be Something (if I can find it)

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I talked to a young poet on the phone recently who told me, in a hushed tone that you’d think she’d use to confess something much more lurid, that she really, really, really loves art. Sometimes she feels so electric from it that her feet almost leave the ground, she almost can’t contain it. "Do you know what I mean?", she asked. Oh yeah! I just forgot for a second.

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How instability and decay can lead to good design

Cast Light: a single long-life LED light bulb cast within a solid cubic volume of white gypsum cement. Photo courtesy Snarkitecture.

Decay/collapse - ruin/construction - instability/precariousness. While you might think that these phrases would be the end result of bad design, for Brooklyn-based design firm Snarkitecture, they were the beginning of some challenging, thought provoking, and entirely innovative design. To find out more, and to see some examples, read on.

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Students from Ridgewood New Jersey

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students from Ridgewood High school in New Jersey came to MAD and visited Open Studios for a while. I demonstrated how to build a small car using a template that I devised. The students applauded when I completed the car in about three minutes.

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Is Seeing Believing?

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Before the opening of the exhibition, while working on the catalogue and press, our main challenge was to convey how small these works really are. The scale of the works in real life is nearly unbelievable. Well, NEARLY.

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Risk + Reward

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We just got a whole bunch of these killer-cool posters in for Risk + Reward, our upcoming performancance series, designed by Ryan Waller and Vance Wellenstein. Read on to hear more about this project, and their new studio venture Other Means.

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Where the Artists Come From

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Just in time for the new academic year, Joseph Cavalieri gives a shout-out to a major resource center for artists: Penland School of Crafts.

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A New Voice

It's Eve, one of the new education interns here at MAD. Just wanted to introduce myself, as I am going to be posting some comments and thoughts over the next few months. I am a recent graduate with a Bachelor's in Sociology, but have always been heavily interested in art education, essentially in the potential power of art to educate, provoke, and inspire.

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