Laughing with MAD

As ever, the Museum of Arts and Design is fab fun.  Today, between Parts 1 and 2 of the majestic Wolf Hall, I had time to see the mannequin exhibit.  You think you’ve seen it all, right?

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Designer Ruben Toledo created these mannequins for Ralph Puccini to display jewelry and accessories.  I guess someone decided the figures are pretty fantastic, too, and deserve their day under the lights.

The workshop for assembly

The workshop for assembly

2015-07-05 16.37.16I laughed at the 1988 “Birdland,” first understanding it as bird-brained.  You know, the fashion industry.  Not to be confused with “The Nile,” which references Ancient Egypt.

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You know I loved the plus-sized gal, a compact (to my eye) size 16.  Here’s “Birdie” (what is it with these birds?) from 1999.

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Another new show at MAD features mid-century and contemporary women artists.  Vivian Beer combines two of my favorite design forms of shoes and chairs –well somebody has to! — with “Anchored Candy No. 7” from 2014.  Yes, that’s automotive paint in hot red.



And Eva Zeisel’s “Belly Button Room Divider” out of ceramics from 1957 did it again. Another belly laugh with MAD.

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Caught my eye,

the contrast of the quiet observer and the manic mannequin:

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and the mannequin in architecture:

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