new york: nyc makers

© museum of arts and design / photography: eric scott

new york city is one of the planet's leading creative hubs, pulling talents from far and wide to its five boroughs. interestingly, the city's museum of arts and design is currently hosting an exhibition that celebrates its thriving creative communities across town. entitled nyc makers - the mad biennial and organized by the institute's new director glenn adamson, it presents the work of 100 highly inventive artisans, artists, and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill. the show exemplifies the museum’s ongoing commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields, and serves as a platform not only for makers who typically display their work in a museum setting, but also those who operate behind the scenes.

obviously, these so-called 'makers' weren't just randomly picked but nominated by a savvy contingent of over 300 new york city-based museum curators, choreographers, academics, chefs, musicians, and journalists. structured as a series of immersive tableaus, the exhibition presents the eclectic creative output of makers alongside one another, and includes fashion shows, performances, social practice projects, and even culinary explorations. combined, it underlines the relationship between material and immaterial making found in the big apple. participating creatives include hood by air, laurie anderson, rafael de cárdenaslady bunny and confettisystem. [on through oct 12]. location: 2 columbus circle [midtown].

© museum of arts and design / photography: eric scott + butcher walsh