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The Rare Earths
atThe Museum of Art & Design

May 16, 2011

Photos by:  Joyce Brooks


Ananlisse Taft & Katharina Plath

Ananlisse Taft & Katharina Plath

Marjorie Nezin


Marjorie Nezin

Judy Kamiem

Judy Kamiem

Digital Graffiti by  Jacob Abramson

Digital Graffiti by  Jacob Abramson

I Love You More Than You Love Me

I Love You More Than You Love Me
Artist: Jen Kao
Neon light, Plexiglass & rubber lure fringer 24" x 13"
Courtesy of artist 2011

Moths are not the only creatures attracted to light:  humans are too.  It is a source of endless fascination & beauty.  For this year's ball, we were inspired by our sponsors, Molycorp and Continental Mining & Metallurgical Corporation.  The Rare Earths Company, to explore luminescence, one of the properties found in their minerals.  A quick definition:  while incandescence is the hot glow that comes from fire, luminescence is the cool, often eerie glow that lights up everything from undersea creatures, to glow-in-the-dark stickers, to the  neon lights of Times Square.

The artists who contributed works to the Fluorescent Ball explored the theme from every angle possible.  Some chose the cheeky retro glow of neon colors to add an acid bite to their art.  Many used neon and fluorescent lighting as elements in their work, making reference to everyday signage, as well as to artists such as Dan Flavin, who pioneered the use of fluorescent lighting in conceptual art.  Others incorporated a subtle glow in their works - a glow that seems to emanate from within.  All of the works play with our fatal attraction to light, with the lures of luminescence.

Jennifer Scanlon
Associate Curator, Museum of Arts & Design

The Global Africa Project




Until next year...


The Museum of Arts and Design (“MAD”) explores the blur zone between art, design, and craft today. Accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1991, MAD focuses on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes
ranging from the artisanal to the digital.

Museum History

In September, 2008, MAD opened the doors to its home at
2 Columbus Circle to the public. Since then, it has welcomed more than 1,000,000 visitors onsite, with a further 1,000,000+ online; nearly tripled its membership, to 8,000 members; and doubled its admissions and retail revenue from its former home on
West 53rd Street.

Click here to read more.

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