Standing at the intersection of contemporary art and design, The Museum of Arts and Design explores the way that artists and designers from around the world translate ideas in masterpieces that range from traditional to bleeding-edge. At its stunning Columbus Circle headquarters, visitors marvel at its glass-and-terracotta exterior before exploring a rotating collection that ranges from jewelry and delicate glass works to ceramics to architectural designs and furniture. This meshing of masterpieces has attracted more than a million visitors to the museum since it opened in 2008. The jewelry collection illustrates the transformation that took place in the world of studio jewelry from post–World War II to today, while woodwork by generations of well-known artists charts the evolution from handcarved pieces to astonishing works of machine-aided art. Other rotating exhibits the museum hosts explore topics such as glassworking, scent, and sculpture.
The edibles artists at Palaite Pleasures work with fruit and candy to fashion playful gift baskets for any occasion. Fresh grapes, pineapple, and cantaloupe cut into flowery shapes sit speared alongside frosted apples and chocolate-dipped strawberries in Halloween- or spring-themed arrangements or custom displays for weddings or birthdays. Baskets can be arranged in individual portions to treat a single loved one or in party platters as an offering to a single, insatiable Galactus.
Unlike more traditional museums, Discovery Times Square does much more than simply display artifacts. The space, located in the building once occupied by the New York Times printing presses, encourages visitors to learn through interactive, sensory exhibits. Past shows have taken guests inside the Titanic’s final wreck site, Da Vinci’s ingenious inventions, and the vast collection of riches and bandages owned by King Tut. More than a museum, DTS has featured exhibitions of unparalleled breadth, including Pompeii: The Exhibit, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, and most recently The Art of the Brick.
Located in the historic Market Arcade Building, CEPA Gallery welcomes new and experienced photographers and art appreciators to its gallery spaces, exhibitions, workshops, and youth events. Instructors hone student skills on the finer points of point-and-shootery, helping them discover new ways to adjust exposures, compose portraits, and capture eye-catching images. Curators line gallery walls with offerings from diverse artists, invite members and visitors to visit darkroom and lab, and help resident artists avoid inadvertently stealing the essences of passers-by.
A small staff of local artists lead two-hour painting workshops, where they give participants of all skill levels step-by-step instruction in blending backgrounds and building up foregrounds for a range of subjects. They teach attendees how to paint in the style of Van Gogh and Monet, emulating the artists' iconic masterpieces and high-school notebook doodles. The expression experts also impart the know-how to depict whimsical subjects such as an Adirondack sunset, swaying spring tulips, and a lady's cocked hat. Participants paint at communal tables in front of tall windows, which let in ample natural light. Though the studio hosts regular workshops, staffers also hold open-studio time daily and organize painting parties for a range of events, such as birthday celebrations, small-business gatherings, and discoveries of new colors. Studio staff keeps artists fueled with shared appetizer plates, as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic pours from an in-studio bar.
"This is a candy shop for creativity," Make Meaning's CEO, Dan Nissanoff, told New York Family. The crafting hotspot, named the Best Crafting Hub by New York Magazine, boasts a dizzying range of activities. Inside the brightly lit confines, youngsters and adults can make candles, jewelry, and soap. They can also paint ceramic pieces, create paintings on canvas, and decorate cakes.
The inspiration behind the business? The connections that Nissanoff made with his family when they worked on craft projects together. In order to offer that up to other families, he created Make Meaning, where he and his staff lead guests through craft projects, organize special events from corporate gatherings to birthday parties, and encourage inventiveness and fun.