Museum of Arts and Design opens Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

The Museum of Arts and Design presents Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital an exhibition on view October 16, 2013, Through July 6, 2014.

Achim Menges and Jan Knippers, ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011. 6.5 mm birch plywood; computer numerical control (CNC) laser cutting. Courtesy of Achim Menges.

Achim Menges and Jan Knippers, ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011. 6.5 mm birch plywood; computer numerical control (CNC) laser cutting. Courtesy of Achim Menges.


Exploring the latest trends in digital fabrication, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital is the first in-depth survey dedicated to exploring the impact of computer-assisted methods of production on contemporary art, architecture, and design. Opening in October, this landmark exhibition brings together more than 120 works of sculpture, jewelry, fashion, and furniture by 85 artists, architects, and designers from 20 countries to examine how new technologies are pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and creation. The cutting-edge works highlighted in the exhibition demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between art and technological innovation as well as materials and new techniques—an area of exploration that has long been at the core of MAD’s mission and curatorial program.

Organized by Ronald T. Labaco, MAD’s Marcia Docter Curator, the exhibition features new and recent work from 2005 to the present, including commissions created especially for Out of Hand and objects never presented before in the U.S. by such artists, architects, and designers as Barry X Ball, Bespoke Innovations, Wim Delvoye, Richard Dupont, Zaha Hadid, Anish Kapoor, Joris Laarman, Daniel Libeskind, Maya Lin, Greg Lynn, Lucas Maassen, Jürgen Mayer-Hermann, Achim Menges, Marc Newson, Nike, Alan McCollum, Roxy Paine, Frank Stella, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Unfold, among many others. Two large-scale sculptures—a fifteen-foot-high digitally scanned mask of artist Richard Dupont’s face, and a towering abstraction of wrestling figures created through digital milling techniques by Michael Rees—will activate the space outside the Museum on Columbus Circle and serve as an introduction to the exhibition.

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