Situated next door to the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, the Museum of Arts and Design is a relative newcomer to the New York art world having been founded as an American Craft Museum in the mid-1950s, it was renamed the Museum of Arts and Design in 2002.
The museum moved to its current location in 2008 after renovating the Edward Durell Stone building which had long been neglected. With its move to Columbus Circle, the museum has come into its own with innovative exhibitions that highlight established and emerging artists.
The museum is a champion for the art of jewelry making and houses the Center for the Study of Jewelry, an Education Center that offers multi-media access to primary source material, hands-on classrooms for students, and three artists-in-residence studios.
The Museum of Arts and Design most recent special exhibition, “Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography”, opened last night (May 13, 2014). The exhibition examines how contemporary jewelry artists integrate photography into their designs. The exhibition was organized by MAD’s Jewelry Curator, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, and features over 170 pieces.
Kara’s Transformation necklace is a centerpiece of the exhibit. Kara created the Transformation necklace using the concrete debris of a building formally located on the Hudson Yards on the West Side of Manhattan. Hudson Yards is an anomalous and ominous void in the otherwise dense urban patchwork of Manhattan: it is a 26-acre stretch of property that currently serves as an exposed train storage and maintenance yard. It represents the next chapter of development, transformation and growth that has characterized New York throughout its history.
Kara reflected this in her necklace by incorporating black and white images of the rail yards as they originally existed, along with the debris from demolition, and images of buildings that are soon to come. The concrete debris was hand-carved and polished into geometric pieces held together by sterling silver, and accented with black and white sapphires. The construction evokes a series of train cars linked together.
Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography will run through September 14, 2014 at the Museum of Arts and Design at 2 Columbus Circle in New York City.