The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), home to all things crafty and D.I.Y., just moved into its sparkly new $90 million space at 2 Columbus Circle, with spectacular views of Central Park, a renovated 150-seat auditorium, and double the exhibition space to show off its displays of colorful, wearable art. On view now is "Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry," featuring more than 200 bold works from the 1940s to the present (including a brooch made of watch hands and a bracelet made of PVC and found objects), and "Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary," featuring work by 50 international artists who created installation pieces out of functional everyday objects. Highlights include Paul Villinski's My Back Pages, in which he fashioned butterflies out of vinyl records; Do Ho Suh's Metal Jacket, a coat made from 3,000 dog tags; and Willie Cole's Loveseat, a seat for two made entirely out of women's shoes. You may never look at your ordinary junk the same way again. "Elegant Armor" runs through May 31, "Second Lives" runs through February 15.
Sun., Oct. 12, 2008