Museum of Arts and Design, A Specialty Museum in Midtown

Museum of Arts and Design, A Specialty Museum in Midtown

As I’ve mentioned before, NYC is full of specialty museums—many concentrated in Lower Manhattan or Uptown. However, visitors to Midtown, specifically Columbus Circle—a bustling area on the southwest corner of Central Park teeming with shops and restaurants—can check out the Museum of Arts and Design.

The institution gives a shout out to artists, designers and artisans, with exhibitions that feature a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design. Several exhibitions are currently on view at the museum.

On display thru September 20, Richard Estes: Painting New York City presents paintings, photographs, silkscreens and woodcuts, as well as art-making tools, of the New York artist and leader of the Photorealist movement. The works span from the mid 1960s to the present. 

On view thru September 30, Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today explores the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. The exhibition features works by Ruth Asawa, Edith Heath, Sheila Hicks, Karen Karnes, Dorothy Liebes, Alice Kagawa Parrott, Toshiko Takaezu, Lenore Tawney and Eva Zeisel—influential designers, artists and teachers who used materials such as clay, fiber and metals in innovative ways.

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin, on view thru October 25, showcases the work of New York-based designer Ralph Pucci—known for transforming the sculptural form of a mannequin to reflect cultural trends, resulting in the audience’s change in attitudes to the body, fashion and individual identity. The exhibition presents more than 30 of Pucci’s most important mannequins, as well as an in-gallery recreation of his sculpture studio.

Those headed to the museum tonight can check out the live-sculpting event in the Ralph Pucci galleries, where Architectural Digest's Editor in Chief Margaret Russell will act as a model while master sculptor Michael Evert creates a mannequin bust in her likeness. For more information, click here.




The museum also includes a shop and the restaurant Robert.


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