First Opportunity at MAD and Last Chance at That Was Then…

“MAD” (2008), Courtesy MAD.

Designed by Allied Works Architecture, the bigger and better Museum of Arts and Design opens this weekend in New York. Located in the dizzy vibrant Columbus Circle on the southwest corner of Central Park, the new space (doubled the old scale) will for the first time have dedicated acreage for its permanent collections, as well as educational facilities and a 155-seat auditorium.

The ribbon-cutting kicks off with the inaugural exhibition Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary. Featuring work and installations made from the ordinary and everyday, the smart and auspicious show includes artists and designers like the Campana Brothers, Tara Donovan, Xu Bing, El Anatsui, and Season 2’s Do Ho Suh, who contributes a jacket made of military dog tags.

Nearby in Queens, from openings to closings, you have three more days left to catch That Was Then… This Is Now, PS1’s 1960s-forward activist art exhibition that is divided into three parts, Flags, Weapons, and Dreams. The show’s conceptual framework places these representations as central to artists’ collective aspiration towards progress and explores themes of protest through elements of nationality, patriotism, violence, iconography, and graphic arts. The expansive list of artists include old and new, from Andy Warhol and Leon Golub to Jen Denike and Alfredo Jaar (Season 4).

That Was Then… installation view (2008). Courtesy PS1.