Second Lives: Remixing The Ordinary

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Wheatfields LXXII, 2008 Squid Ink Spaghetti And Udon Noodles On Wood 26" X 26" X 26" © Carlo Marcucci
A Mixture of Frailties, 2004 Latex Washing Gloves, Calico And Tailor Dummy 72" X 128" © Susie MacMurray
Spoons 900 Plastic Spoons & 3000 Rubber Bands © Jill Townsley
Detailed view of "Spoons" 900 Spoons And 3000 Rubber Bands © Jill Townsley
After van Eyck, 2006 5,024 Spools Of Thread, Stainless Steel Ball Chain, Hanging Apparatus, Clear Acrylic Viewing Sphere, Metal Stand 122" X 160" X 60" © Devorah Sperber
Close-up detail view of "After van Eyck", 2006 Mixed Media 122" X 160" X 60" © Devorah Sperber
Bluffs, 2007 Buttons And Glue 48" X 24" X 45" © Tara Donovan
Metal Jacket, 1992-2001 3000 Us Military Dog Tags & Fabric Liner 60" X 50" X 15" © Do Ho Suh
My Back Pages, 2006-2008 Vintage Vynil Records, Record Player, Wire And Record Covers Variable Size © Paul Vilinski
Second Lives: Remixing The Ordinary

2 Columbus Circle
10019 New York
September 27th, 2008 - February 15th, 2009

Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun 10-6; Thu 10-9
installation, textile, sculpture, minimalist, craft, unusual, contemporary



Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary will be the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design when it opens in a new building at 2 Columbus Circle in September 2008. The exhibition features work by 50 international established and emerging artists from all five continents who create objects and installations comprised of ordinary and everyday manufactured articles, most originally made for another functional purpose. For a complete artist list, click here.


The exhibition includes works by well known designers, Ingo Maurer, Tejo Remy, and the Campana Brothers as well as internationally acclaimed artists, such as Tara Donovan, Xu Bing, El Anatsui, and Do Ho Suh.


Highlights from the show include American artist Tara Donovan's Bluffs, a group stalagmite shaped structures made of clear plastic buttons delicately placed one on top of the other. Do Ho Suh, a Korean artist creates a jacket made of military dog tags, portraying the way a solider is part of a larger troop.


Paul Villinski, an American, creates beautiful butterflies out of his old record collection, producing a "soundtrack" of his life. English artist Susie MacMurray used yellow rubber washing gloves, turned them inside out and stitched onto a calico form to create an imposing out-sized dress.


Other featured works are made from buttons, spools of thread, artificial hair, used high-heeled shoes, plastic spoons and forks, pasta noodles, shopping bags, and 25-cent coins to mention only a few.


The exhibition surveys the rich artistic landscape of much contemporary art, in which hierarchies among art, craft, and design are disregarded. In addition, the exhibition examines the ways in which artists transform our world, respond to contemporary cultural paradigms, and comment on global consumerism.


Second Lives will be accompanied by a 250-page, fully illustrated catalogue, which will include essays by MAD curators David Revere McFadden and Lowery Stokes Sims, and an introduction by Director Holly Hotchner. Artist statements from each of the 50 artists in the exhibition will be accompanied by full-color illustrations of their work. The catalogue is being designed by Pentagram design, and will be available through the Museum Store.


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