Global Redux (L’ArcoBaleno)

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Throughout the exhibition’s second floor— it sprawls across three floors of MAD’s Columbus Circle home—are rugs, figurines, tapestries, and plates made as reactions to traditional crafts, sometimes with traditional craftspeople, and sometimes solely by the artists themselves. Beautiful pieces of clothing by the Mexican artist Carla Fernandez come with accompanying text describing the artist’s decade-long effort to help traditional weavers produce more fashion-forward clothing that can be sold on a global market; an accompanying video shows these weavers at work. A series of ceramic vessels by the artist Liliana Ovalle and Colectivo 1050º beautifully warp traditional Mexican pottery, turning them into sensuously distended organic structures.

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