NYC: Exploring Columbus Circle & Contemporary Art

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I went MAD. Yes, you read correctly. MAD (also known as the Museum of Art & Design) opened in 2008. Its home is at Columbus Circle – one of my favorite spots in New York City. Columbus Circle is not only named after Christopher Columbus and close to Central Park, but also surrounded by the Time Warner Center, an upscale indoor shopping center, CNN headquarters, the Trump International Hotel and Tower, and much more.

This was not my first visit to MAD. I’ve been going to museums with my parents, attending classical concerts and musicals, watching ballet, and traveling (which exposed me to different cultures) since I was little. My upbringing focused heavily on the arts. I’m grateful for that because it’s always kept me very open toward art in its many forms. I can appreciate good music, enjoy even the most abstract of paintings, and immerse myself in photography or film on an emotional level. Art transcends any barriers between us and allows us to simply enjoy it for whatever meaning we attach to it.

I’m exploring New York City more now that I live here, but here is an older post on another adventure I had before moving.

What I love about MAD

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Photo by Nicolette Orlemans.

MAD is perhaps the most quaint of the NYC museums. While I love MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim and the Met for their grandeur, great exhibits and atmosphere, I love the intimate setting of MAD. While the museum boasts thousands of visitors, you feel as if you are having a private art gallery viewing (of diverse exhibits, at that!). There were two particular exhibits that I enjoyed as you can see from the photos below – the Playing with Fire gallery, and the Against the Grain gallery.

Playing with Fire

Exhibit dates: November 6, 2012 to August 25, 2013

The Playing with Fire gallery is a beautiful display of works of glass through glassblowing. I immediately recognized the colorful vase and similar pieces from Dale Chihuly, since I had seen a Chihuly exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Against the Grain
Exhibit dates: March 19, 2013 to September 15, 2013
The Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design exhibit showcased exceptionally crafted woodworking in furniture and even hats!
Your Opinion
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