NYC-Arts visits “Craft Front and Center,” a survey of the art and artists that have defined MAD since its inception.The exhibition celebrates the diversity of disciplines and materials it strives to bring to the forefront.

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> NEXT, WE TRAVEL THE COLUMBUS CIRCLE AND THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN ALSO KNOWN AS M.A.D., IT FOCUSES ON MEDIUMS ALTHOUGH ONE TIME MARGINALIZED IN THE ART WORLD.

FRONT AND CENTER IS THE SURVEY OF THE ART AND AUGUST THAT HAVE DEFINED M.A.D. SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1956.

THE SHOW FEATURES A WIDE RANGE EVER DISCIPLINES AND INCLUDES WORK WITH SUCH ECLECTIC MATERIALS AS TEXTILES, CLAY AND WOOD.

THE THEMES OF THE HANDMADE WORKS ARE FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE POLITICAL, REINFORCE THE FORCE OF THE ROLE OF CRAFT IN SOCIETY.

THE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1956 TO ADVOCATE FOR ARTISTS WORKING IN THE UNDERAPPRECIATED MEDIUMS OF GLASS, CERAMICS AND FIVER AND WITH TEXTILE, JEWELRY AND FURNITURE DESIGN.

CRAFT FRONT AND CENTER IS THE EXHIBITION THAT CELEBRATES THE RENEWAL OF INTEREST IN CRAFT AS AN ART FORM AND IT BRINGS TOGETHER OVER 70 ICONIC WORK IN MAT'S UNIQUE CONNECTIONS, THESE MEDIA WERE A LESS ARE FORM OF CREA CREATIVE ENDEAVOR.

THEY DISMISS THE OBJECTS THAT ARE DESIGNATED CRAFT AND FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THOSE PRACTICES AS CENTRAL TO THE HISTORY OF ART AS ANY PAINTING OR SCULPTURE MIGHT BE.

THIS EXHIBIT IS DESIGNED AROUND NARRATIVE VIGNETTES.

THERE'S A GREAT NUMBER OF BEAUTIFUL TEXTILES THAT INTRODUCES MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUES FROM WEAVING, EMBROIDERY TO APPLIQUE AND QUILT MAKING.

AMEROL TAKE APART THE TRADITIONAL TAPESTRY STRUCTURE CREATING A NUMBER OF WOVEN BANDS TO PRODUCE A THREE-DIMENSIONSAL WALL HANGING.

THE ARTISTS HAND SPUN AND DYED THE WOOL THAT WAS USED IN THIS VERY COLORFUL PIECE.

MARVIN LAKOSSKY IS A MAJOR FIGURE IN THE ART FORM.

IT INCLUDES ARCHIVAL E FEMME RA THAT HE USED TO PRODUCE THESE SCULPTURES.

IT GETS ITS ORGANIC UNDULATING SHAPE FROM THE MOLD THAT HE WOULD USE TO BLOW THE GLASS INTO.

THE EDGES OF THESE WORKS WERE SOFTENED THROUGH GRINDING AND THE BEAUTIFUL SOFT SURFACE WAS CREATED THROUGH A SANDBLASTING TECHNIQUE.

HE WOULD FINISH THE PIECE BY CUTTING, ETCHING AND POLISHING.

SAMMY IS A WOODWORKER AND HE USED HIS WORK CRADLE CABINET IN 1956 AT M.A.D. IN AN EXHIBITION TITLED THE BED.

THE PIECE IS INNOVATIVE IN ITS DESIGN COMBINING ALL OF THE NEEDS OF A NEWBORN IN A SINGLE PIECE OF FURNITURE.

INCLUDING DRAWERS FOR STORAGE AND A SMALL CRADLE THAT ROCKS.

THE ROADSHOW CASES IT MAY LOSE SENSITIVITY AS A WOODWORKER AND THERE'S A WARMTH TO THE PIECE THAT EXUDES A SENSE OF CARE AND NURTURING SPACE FOR A NEWBORN.

THIS PICKS UP ON ONE OF THE IMPORTANT THEMES OF CRAFT FRONT AND CENTER IS THAT CRAFT IS IN OUR HOMES AND EVERYDAY LIVES.

THE EXHIBITION SHOW CASES THE POWER OF CRAFT AND ALSO AS A TOOL FOR TAKING A STAND ABOUT IMPORTANT ISSUES.

THE DISCIPLINARY ARTIST WHOSE INTEREST COMES FROM EXPLORATION AND RESEARCH ON ACTIVIST CONTACTS LIKE PARADES AND PROTESTS.

THIS BANNER, PIGEONS ARE BLACK DUFFS WAS MADE AS PART OF A SERIES FOR AN EXHIBITION THAT WAS IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER ACTIVISM.

THERE IS A COMBINATION WITH TASSELS ABOUT THE CRITICAL STATEMENT AND THE DESIRE TO REDRESS THAT THROUGH HER ART.

IN IN WATER MIAMI BE IN ONE, HE COLLABORATED WITH THE GLASS BLOWING STUDIO IN MURANO, ITALY.

IT HAS TECHNIQUE WITH BEADING WITH A GLASS-BLOWN PIECE.

THE FIGURE IN BEADS IS A MALE FIGURE AND HE GAZES DOWN INTO WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SORT OF WATERY DEPTH AND HE HAS THE REFLECTION OF THE WATER MIAMI BEING LOOKING BACK UP AT HIM.

IT EXEMPLIFIES THE APPROACH OF THE FEMALE BODY CONTEXTUALIZING AS A FIGURE OF EMPOWERMENT.

THE TITLE WATER MAMMY IS A PLAY ON THE WEST AFRICAN FEMALE WATER ♪ ♪

I HOPE PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EXHIBITION A NEW IDEA ABOUT WHAT CRAFT CAN BE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO EVERYDAY LIFE AND SOMETHING ABOUT M.A.D.'S HISTORY AND IMPORTANT IN THE NEW YORK CITY CULTURAL LANDSCAPE.