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Bunny Lake is missing…

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She was spotted at MAD over the holiday period...she may now be at The Brick Theater until January 14th...

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Focus on Japanese Craft: Raku Ware and the Aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi

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Only in Japan would a cracked and slightly misshapen tea cup be seen as a symbol of the nation’s cultural and aesthetic legacy. These works are known commonly as Raku ware, due to the firing process and its traditional ties to the Japanese tea ceremony.

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Jessica Stoller: Brooklyn Studio

Work in progress

I am preparing for a solo show in March ( details to follow) and I have several pieces in process at the moment. Last week at MAD I was working on a more abstract " pile" piece which consisted of numerous facted gemstones and spikes.

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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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Highlighting Japanese Fashion: Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kuwakubo (Part Two)

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For this post, I will discuss the fabulous Rei Kuwabuko, the name behind the Commes des Garcons house for over 40 years! Kuwabuko’s work is less about color and patterns (a consistent theme with these three designers is the prevalence of black), and more about the subversion of the garment: her work is often asymmetrical, unfinished and often startlingly malformed.

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Highlighting Japanese Fashion: Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kuwakubo (Part 1)

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"Beauty in All Things" is an important concept for designers who create beauty that can be worn, such as fashion innovators Issey Miyake (b.1938), Yohji Yamamoto (b.1943) and Rei Kuwakubo (b.1942). These three designers all grew up in the immediate post-war landscape, where the transition from traditional artistry to technological manufacturing was keenly observed. As a result, their clothing challenges the limits of each method of production, creating a modernist hybridized form that simultaneously references and subverts these methods.

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Between Craft and Technology

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Hello! This is David Choi, I am one of the open studio artists at MAD. I would like to share my works here briefly. I’ve been interested in re-contextualizing the purpose of industrial material such as steel to explore new codes of beauty.

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The Unexpected Edge: Yugen in Contemporary Art at Cavin-Morris Gallery

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Yugen is broadly defined as a Japanese aesthetic of Mysterious Beauty, encompassing an emotional response to beauty that cannot be conventionally articulated.

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Visitors Questions…..

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Hello! Rebecca Ringquist here. I started my residency last month, and have been keeping track visitors’ most frequently asked questions. , With no scientific accuracy, read on for the list and responses!

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Pipe Cleaners

Photo of Don Porcella's studio

Did you know that the pipe cleaner was invented by John Harry Stedman & Charles Angel in Rochester, New York in the early 1900′s? Yes, it’s true! Hi, my name is Don Porcella and I am an artist in residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in the Open Studios program. Every Tuesday till April 2012, I will be weaving pipe cleaners into unique and incredible three dimensional sculpture.

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