The Very Best Of NYC Art (December/January 2009-2010)

Ghost Stories: New Designs from Nendo, Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace, and More!

Ghost Stories: New Designs from Nendo transforms the MADProjects Gallery on the Museum of Arts and Design’s second floor into a magical landscape of new designs that imbue chairs, vases, and lamps with whimsy and optical illusion. Artifice, humor, and an element of surprise are captured in the four new designs by Nendo that will be shown for the first time at MAD, along with prototypes, videos, and other materials that explore the design process used by the designers to create these works.

More than 25 of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved beagle Snoopy’s most exciting adventures will be showcased in the exhibition Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace opening at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Dec. 15. The exhibit showcases Snoopy’s imaginary journeys through the skies of Europe in his transformed doghouse—now a Sopwith Camel airplane, ranging—from the time he faced a deadly bout of influenza to sparring with the Flying Ace’s archenemy, the Red Baron. Digital prints from Schultz’s original drawings will be on display alongside a photograph of the artist.

The first major museum exhibition of jewelry from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright will premiere at the Museum of Arts and Design through Jan. 31. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own.

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