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The Museum of Arts and Design for Dummies
As part of the redesign of 2 Columbus Circle, Brad Cloepfil has clad the new Museum of Arts and Design in terra-cotta and glass that, some say, spell out HE in huge capital letters. What are some of its other features?
- Cloepfil has retained all but one of the lollipop pedestals at the base, giving the museum its new nickname, Hopping MAD.
- Construction costs for the museum's new home nearly quadrupled, to close to $100 million, because Sarah Palin failed to buy the thousands of terra-cotta tiles on eBay.
- With three times the space as on 53rd Street, visitors will no longer have to run across to MOMA to use the bathroom.
- The concepts of fine art, craft, and design have expanded to include work from women, the Third World, Henry Darger, and out of sheer desperation even you.
- Thanks to even hotter architecture, New Yorkers can stop talking about the New Museum on the Bowery and go straight to Whole Foods, which is all they did anyway.
- In honor of his original vision of a museum devoted to his reactionary private collection, the late Huntington Hartford can pay what he likes every Thursday evening.
- In a last-minute deal with Tom Wolfe, the sole remaining fan of the original building, all visitors must wear white suits and broad, stiff shirt colors.
- The pockmarked marble façade by Edward Durrell Stone will move to Grand Army Plaza, as a memorial to the preservation wars.
- To unify the view down Broadway, the Time Warner center will get new windows that read SHE, while a second, T-shaped column in Columbia Circle will complete the word IT.
- Those who can afford reservations at Per Se may close their eyes as they take the escalators past the center's shopping mall.
- The opening exhibition will include a scale model of the previous building, but made of actual lollipops.
- To be sure that no one will ever again refer to a mere American Craft Museum, docents will always shout when they come to the word Arts.
- Now that restaurant windows afford decent views of Central Park, no one has to pay admission to a real museum just to look at craft.
Another article really reviews the Museum of Arts and Design and its inaugural show, "Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary," honest!