I have just seen the first museum exhibit that would make MOMA’s Paola Antonelli jealous. It is at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC and it about the amazing work being done in fashion, art, jewelry, furniture, sculpture and other stuff with 3D printing technology. It’s not replication–it is creation. unbelievably beautiful creation. We have new tools to create new things in new ways and the MAD exhibition is exuberant in showcasing how glorious that can be.
One entire floor is over to museum goers participating in and using the new tools. And there is something special about playing with 3-D machines in a museum setting with artists who show you what they are doing and why. There will be artists in residence throughout the months of the exhibit.
So congratulations to Ron Labaco, curator at MAD, for putting this on. It took him two years. It’s just wonderful. And thanks to Shapeways, which just bought MakerBot, for providing the financing, the tools and people too.