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Brief Published: 10 Sep 2014

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

NYC Makers – The MAD Biennial

New York's Museum of Arts and Design is celebrating the current landscape of design and creativity in the city with its newest exhibition, NYC Makers – The MAD Biennial.

Trades and disciplines such as film, fashion, architecture and art are represented through the works of more than 100 local makers. The exhibition is structured as a series of immersive tableaus that thematically present the diverse creative output of makers alongside one another.

The Hall of Tools tableau considers the cultural importance of tools in today's production processes. Techniques on display range from limestone carvings by Chris Pellettieri, a series of screen prints from the Lower East Side Printshop, and Chocolate Whiskey from Kings County distillery.

Meanwhile, Community Garden represents the city's gardens that have empowered residents to reclaim derelict areas since the 1960s. Works include an installation of plants from fabrication studio Flatcut and fibre artist Isa Rodrigues that contains city-native plants used as dyes by Rodrigues in her studio.

The exhibition runs until October 14.

For more on the importance of localised manufacturing, see: The Value of 'Made In', Willy's Extends 'Made in USA' Trend and Martha Stewart America Made. For more on a slower approach to the manufacturing process, see our Industry Trend Design Democracy: Slow.