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December 2018


Gallery Opening Reception – Dionis Ortiz

December 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fall 2018 MFTA Artist-in-Residence Featuring musical performances by DJ Momar Clemons and the drummers of Miguel Pérez

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On View at the MFTA Gallery: Dionis Ortiz

December 14, 2018 @ 4:00 am - April 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Dionis Ortiz is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, and installation. He employs these mediums to create a coming of age story as a Dominican New Yorker exploring masculinity, vulnerability, the supernatural, family, and religion, as well as how culture plays a role in his community and in his life. As the fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Ortiz is able to immerse himself in an atmosphere filled with a variety of re-usable materials that contribute to his installations,…

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October 2018



October 21, 2018 @ 4:00 am - November 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Since 1978, millions of items have come through the doors of Materials for the Arts to be repurposed, reused and reimagined.   A few years ago, we thought it would be exciting to highlight some of the more unusual, eclectic and downright weird items that have come our way.  This show is the culmination of that idea.  Many staff members and volunteers helped to curate the items you see here. We have to thank Sony, USA for the bulk of the…

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September 2018


Steaming Forward

September 26, 2018 @ 4:00 am - October 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

STEAMing Forward: 2018 Summer Workshops for Educators Group Show. Each summer, MFTA offers four 36-hour courses for educators that highlight Creative Reuse across all grade levels and subject areas. Taught by Master Teacher Joy Suarez, these courses included paper architecture, fiber arts, stop-motion animation, music composition and instrument making using the project-based learning approach. Using materials found in the MFTA Warehouse, the summer educators explored how to bring the “magic of making” into their New York City classrooms.

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June 2018


Concrete Jungle

June 21, 2018 @ 4:00 am - August 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Materials for the Arts is pleased to present Concrete Jungle, a solo exhibition of mixed-media and sculptural works by artist-in-residence Annalisa Iadicicco. Breathing new life and repurposing material that would otherwise have been left to wither and age compels Annalisa Iadicicco to create her work. Through her installations and sculptures, Iadicicco speaks to social injustices and environmental problems. With The Blue Bus Project, she shatters the confines of the insular art world, bringing artistic expressions to the streets while promoting…

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January 2018


Sol’Sain’t Many Kin: All Sol’Skin is a Free Kin

January 18, 2018 @ 3:00 am - April 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Materials for the Arts is pleased to present "Sol’Sain’t Many Kin: All Sol’Skin Is A Free Kin", a solo exhibition of mixed-media assemblage and sculptural works by artist-in-residence Sol’Sax. Retracing the lives and lessons of revered figures, Sol’Sax turns everyday objects extraordinary. Icons such as Josephine Baker, Fela Kuti and Muhammad Ali appear in the form of sculptures and mixed-media assemblages.

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September 2017


Contemporary Reuse

September 21, 2017 @ 4:00 am - December 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Contemporary Reuse is an exhibit that brings together the work of current and impactful artists who celebrate reusable materials in their art practice. Sculptures made of car bumpers, fabric scraps, old puzzles, and cut-off wooden blocks, meet with collages made of shredded and ripped paper, alongside performances using metal hardware as instruments and textiles. Featuring artwork by Andrea Burgay, Pauline Galiana, Justin Horne, Annalisa Iadicicco, Adam Daniel Murray, Ben Pederson, and Sol Sax.

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June 2017


Twisted Woven Tied: Dianne Smith

June 15, 2017 @ 4:00 am - September 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Twisted Woven Tied features 51 stunning works crafted from a wide range of culturally resonant materials. The items are not merely reused but are manipulated into new identities; ribbons knotted into upright forms, yarns cinched into bulbous figures and sisal ropes binding objects together. The use of discarded materials summons the harmony of lived experiences, inviting viewers to use the aesthetic as a springboard to explore and embrace their innermost thoughts and feelings on race, gender, religion, inequality and power.

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March 2017


Institutional Memory: 35mm Slides From the Met’s Collection Reimagined

March 16, 2017 @ 4:00 am - June 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

While advances in technology have made physical photographic slides obsolete, this exhibition, created entirely from the recently digitized slide collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, reinvents the format as a new artistic medium. Materials for the Arts, the creative re-use center of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have teamed up to showcase new artwork created and inspired by the Met’s slide collection. Participating artists include Martina Mrongovius, Michael Kelly Williams, Andrea Wolf,…

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December 2016


Found and Funky: Michael Kelly Williams

December 5, 2016 @ 3:00 am - March 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

“Found and Funky,” a solo exhibition of mixed media and assemblage works produced by artist Michael Kelly Williams. Drawing inspiration from the expansive collection of found objects available in the MFTA warehouse, “Found” conveys the sense of affirmation in discovering new objects, while “Funky” pays homage to a popular jazz term used to convey praise of an art piece having achieved its highest form. In Found and Funky, Williams transforms items once deemed unworthy of use to a newly transcendent…

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