The Museum of Arts and Design is celebrating the opening of its fancy new building on Columbus Circle this weekend with free admission to the public. The new building increases MAD’s total space threefold and doubles the gallery space previously available to the museum at its former location on 53rd Street. The new MAD takes advantage of its prime spot at the center of the south side of the Circle with ribbons of glass along its exterior that allow natural light to illuminate the galleries while those inside have a clear view of Central Park.
The first featured exhibition at the new location is Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, which has works from over 50 artists who have taken mass-produced items and reimagined them as works of grandeur. Repurposing items from eyeglasses to high heels, the exhibit demonstrates how we can find beauty and a creative spark in the most mundane of objects.