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Materials are the Message at MAD's Pathmakers Exhibition of Midcentury Craft

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Media theorist Marshall McLuhan famously said "the medium is the message," but sadly in the world of visual arts, not all mediums are judged the same way. With Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, a new exhibition featuring a wide-ranging display of more than 100 works in textiles, ceramics, and metal, New York's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) showcases an alternative history of creativity and artistry that runs contrary to the conventional midcentury narrative, largely dominated by painting, sculpture and architecture—and men. This new survey provides insights into the work of female designers such as textile innovator and fabric artist Dorothy Liebes and Hella Jongerius, whose original designs for the United Nations Delegates' Lounge, including a curtain of ceramic beads, has been recreated for the exhibit.

The show "places women at the center of the midcentury modernist narrative. >>