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