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Museum of Arts and Design: January 2010 Programs

New York, NY (December 12, 2009)

MAD’s programs in January are filled with hands-on workshops for the entire family, teaching participants how to make pop-up cards, tunnel books, paper jewelry, fiber objects and more. Highlights include:

• MAD’s Family Day, a fun-filled day designed especially for youngsters and their adult companions, offering hands-on crafts workshops and featuring the screening of four cut-paper animations movies. On Saturday, January 9;
• Workshops where participants create their own pop-up cards and books, including a hands-on session with artist Andrea Dezsö’s whose installation of tunnel books in the Museum’s exhibition Slash: Paper Under the Knife mesmerizes visitors. On Saturday, January 23;
• A special workshop on January 27 with artist Arlene Mintzer who will share her passion for fiber arts;
• A talk with Seattle-based architect Jim Olson, known for his subtly elegant residences. On Thursday, January 28, 2010;
• MAD’s Studio Sundays family workshops and much more…

For more information on MAD’s programs in January see schedule below. The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle. For information, contact 212.299.7790 or log on to All programs are subject to change.


MAD Family Day

Saturday, January 9, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
All ages 5 and up welcome
No reservations required, but space is limited
$30 per family / $25 members
All materials provided. For information, call 212.299.7780

MAD opens its doors with activities designed especially for youngsters and their adult companions, including hands-on workshops using paper cutting, shredding, and tearing techniques. Guest artists include Sarah Abramson who will create paper jewelry, filmmaker Tomoko Oguchi who will discuss and demonstrate his use of Japanese hand made paper to make animated characters, and Esther K. Smith, author of How to Make Books, Magic Books & Paper Toys and The Paper Bride who will demonstrate how she makes limited edition art books. A special highlight of the day includes the screenings of four cut-paper animation films including: Michel Ocelot’s silhouette story Princes and Princesses; Rob Carter’s Metropolis, and Tomoko Oguchi’s FolkLore Restaurant and The Magic Stamp.

Studio Sundays: Hidden Messages 
Sunday, January 10, 2010, 2:00-4:00 PM
$10 per individual, includes admission and all materials
No reservations required, space is limited. Info: 212.299.7780

Every Sunday afternoon, the Museum of Arts and Design offers its popular Studio Sundays hands-on workshops for children and their families. In this workshop, participants will make pop-up cards by learning simple cutting and scoring techniques.

Collaboration: dress code and Friends
Thursday, January 14, 2010, 6:30 PM (registration), 7:00 PM (program begins)
$13 MAD and AIGA/NY Members; $26 General Public
MAD Members please call 212.299.7780 by January 4 for your tickets. AIGA/NY Members and General Public, click AIGA/NY for tickets. For more information on AIGA/NY, please visit
Dan Covert and Andre Andreev of dress code will take the stage at MAD to discuss how they collaborate with music. Music has been at the core of their business from the start. They began to work together on short-run, screen-printed posters and CD packages before they worked for Karlssonwilker, XLARGE, and took jobs at MTV. Their work for the VMAs was shown around the world.

Studio Sundays: Tissue Paper: Light as Feather, Stiff as a Board
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 2:00-4:00 PM
$10 per individual, includes admission and all materials
No reservations required, space is limited. Info: 212.299.7780
Colorful tissue papers are commonly used as packaging material for gifts. However, there are some cultures, such as Mexico, that use tissue papers for artwork. Participants of this hands-on workshop for the entire family will look at artwork that uses tissue paper in Slash: Paper Under the Knife, as well as other work made of cut paper. In MAD’s Open Studios, participants will explore this delicate and light material.

Studio Pottery and Mid-Century Style
Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Free with Thursday night Pay-What-You-Wish admission
RSVP to or (212) 242-4106 ext 10.
This panel discussion organized by Greenwich House Pottery with Pat Kirkham, Professor, Bard Graduate Center; Catherine Whalen, Assistant Professor, Bard Graduate Center; and Sarah Lichtman, Assistant Professor, Parsons – The New School for Design; investigates connections between studio craft and elite and mass-market design during the 1950s and early 1960s. Trends in home furnishings in the United States during this period reflected a complex national mood of high hopes and deep anxiety. At once optimistic about progress, Americans were also chastened by the pervasive anxiety of the Cold War. One way in which these impulses were manifested was the trend for combining sleek design of manufactured goods with rustic handmade craft objects.
This discussion is organized in association with “Studio Pottery and Mid-Century Style”, a period room installation at Greenwich House Potter, on view from January 7 to February 4, 2010.

Tunnel Books with Andrea Dezsö 
Saturday, January 23, 2010, 2:00-4:30pm
$50/$45 members
Space is limited! For tickets, click here.
Andrea Dezsö’s tunnel book installation, shown in the Museum’s current exhibition Slash: Paper Under the Knife, continues to mesmerize visitors with its intricate and atmospheric view into the dream world of the subconscious. For this hands-on workshop, Dezsö will guide participants through her own process of creation, and teach the basics of tunnel book construction. During this workshop each participant will build a four-layered, hand cut and assembled tunnel book. Tunnel books are Victorian pop-up books which showcase layered 3-dimensional scenes in a collapsible case.

Studio Sundays: Have You Torn any Good Books Lately? 
Sunday, January 24, 2010, 2:00-4:00 PM
$10 per individual, includes admission and all materials
No reservations required, space is limited. Info: 212.299.7780
Artwork made from books is one of the themes from Slash: Paper Under the Knife, the Museum’s current exhibition. Participants of this family crafts workshop will look at select artwork from the exhibition and question the role of language, words and the meaning behind cutting books. In the Museum’s Open Studios, participants will cut out books to create artwork using scissors, Xacto-knives and other materials to embellish the piece.

Wednesday Workshops—Wool Felt Pin
Wednesday, January 27th, 2:00-4:00pm
Call (212) 299-7727 for more information.
Arlene Mintzer of The Sensuous Fiber will share her passion for fiber arts in this special two-hour workshop. Participants will experiment with color, texture, and shape to design their own unique piece of wearable art. Arlene Mintzer is a faculty member at Parson's New School of Design and has been teaching for over 26 years. Her work has been featured at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and A.I.R. Gallery, among other venues.

Designing for Collections: The Houses of Jim Olson
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:30 PM
Free with Thursday night Pay-What-You-Wish admission
Seattle-based architect Jim Olson, the founding partner of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, is known for his subtly elegant residences, from a glass farmhouse in eastern Oregon to a Balinese-inspired retreat in Hawaii, from a diminutive waterfront cabin for his own family to two grand art-filled residences on the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle. Modern in spirit, the luxurious houses are characterized by intangible qualities of light and space. Olson balances a deep knowledge of architectural history, from the temples of Egypt to the great buildings of the modern era, with a sensitivity to art and nature. Each work is carefully calibrated to site and client.
Olson is fascinated by the relationship between art and architecture, and many of his houses and apartments have been designed for major art collectors. On the occasion of the publication of his monograph Jim Olson: Houses (Monacelli Press, 2009), Olson will discuss the particular concerns and considerations required for creating homes for both artwork and collectors.

Studio Sundays 
Sunday, January 31, 2009, 2:00-4:00 PM
$10 per individual, includes admission and all materials
No reservations required, space is limited. Info: 212.299.7780

The Museum of Arts and Design explores how craftsmanship, art, and design intersect in the visual arts today. The Museum focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the handmade to cutting edge technologies. The Museum’s exhibition program explores and illuminates issues and ideas, highlights creativity and craftsmanship, and celebrates the limitless potential of materials and techniques when used by creative and innovative artists. MAD’s permanent collection is global in scope and focuses on art, craft, and design from 1950 to the present day.

At the center of the Museum’s mission is education. The Museum’s dynamic new facility features classrooms and studios for master classes, seminars, and workshops for students, families and adults. Three open artist studios engage visitors in the creative processes of artists at work and enhance the exhibition programs. Lectures, films, performances and symposia related to the Museum’s collection and topical subjects affecting the world of contemporary art, craft and design are held in a renovated 150-seat auditorium.

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