Small Boxes, Big World: The Ladd Brothers at the Museum of Arts and Design

Ladd Brothers

On Friday night, Steven and William Ladd performed their piece Volcano at the Museum of Arts and Design, and if you came just five minutes late you would have missed it. Forty people packed into a fifth-floor gallery to watch the artists dismantle their work, a tower of 24 red suede boxes stacked in two columns. They lifted the lids one by one to reveal tiny landscapes crafted from cloth and beads. The audience oohed. They laid the tops on the floor, sat the bottoms in their respective tops and lined up all the boxes into one rectangular landscape. In two minutes, the tower unfolded into a terrain of fabric volcanoes and beaded vegetation. Read More

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Glenn Adamson Hired as Director of Museum of Arts and Design


The Museum of Arts and Design announced today that it has tapped Glenn Adamson, the head of the research department at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, to be its new director. Dr. Adamson takes the place of Holly Hotchner, who was appointed in 1996 and who in January announced that she would step down in April. Though you can start sending congratulations cards to the new director now, he doesn’t officially take up the position until Oct. 15. Read More


Ceci N’est Pas un Arbre: As Museum of Arts and Design Hones in on Wood, Judith Belzer Zooms Out

Laurel Roth, 'Hominoid: Chimpanzee,' 2011

About five years ago, Lowery Stokes Sims, whom the Museum of Arts and Design had recently hired as curator, was mulling ideas for exhibitions. At the time, the artist Martin Puryear, who is known for large, delicate sculptures made of wood, had a retrospective at MoMA, and one day Ms. Sims went to go see him in conversation with John Elderfield, then a curator at the museum.

“I was struck that he emphasized the fact that, as opposed to sending work out to be fabricated, he really wanted to engage the material and see where the material led him,” Ms. Sims told Gallerist on the phone last week. “Our mantra here [at MAD] is materials and process. A light bulb went off in my head, and I said, ‘I’ll work on wood!’” Read More