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Of interest is a miniature landscape created by artist Matthew Albanese. The artist used everyday items such as sewing thread, chocolate, ground coffee, masking tape, and dyed ostrich feathers to create a detailed, realistic model. Then the artist takes photographs of the model which gives a completely different look to the model and brings the piece to life. Another artist, Alan Wolfson, created a miniature diorama of 1970's New York City entitled Canal Street: Cross-Section, which is minute in scale but incredibly detailed with graffiti, telephone boxes and billboards for the movie "Saturday Night Fever."
This is an exhibit that you really must see in person. Photographs can't fully capture the feeling of seeing something so detailed in such a tiny, tiny scale and the distorted sense of reality created by these works.
The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle in NYC and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm; Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for college students and seniors. Students in high school and younger children FREE! Thursday night is pay what you wish. For more information, visit the MAD Museum website at www.madmuseum.org or call them at 212-299-7777.
If you'd like to read more by Joanna Kutler, she writes a blog, Travily, which documents her travels with her family throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties and beyond.