Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Art of Scent Exhibition: November 13th 2012-January 13th 2013 in NYC

After some communication with Chandler Burr, the curator of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, we have an official opening date for "The Art of Scent 1889-2011": Nov 13, 2012.

This exhibition is different than anything you have seen as of yet. As Burr himself explains: "My Department of Olfactory Art is not a physical “department” where I have specific space. All of us curators (we are now 6 total, I think) have the use of ALL the Museum’s gallery space, which are floors 2,3,4,and 5. We can all do programs in the MAD Theater, workshops and classes in the education room on the 6th floor, and we all sponsor artists, who work in various artistic media, in the 6F Artist Studios. (All of these can be seen on All of us curators work to assemble exhibitions (concept, budget, budget, budget, works of art we want to exhibit, etc.), and when all the stars line up, we look at the museum schedule and we schedule Show X into (say) the 5th floor space from (say) June 1 to September 1. Then next year your exhibition is put on the 3rd floor from Feb 1 to May 15. You get how it works? We’re all competing for the same real estate, and everyone’s exhibition comes and then goes. (Of course when it goes, that means we’re trying to get it to travel, to be shown at (for example) the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate in London, the Mori Museum in Tokyo, the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, TX, the Hammar Museum in Los Angeles, etc. etc.)"

To help the fundraising a Scent Dinner has been organised (over which Chandler presides but has no monetary control over):

The Museum of Arts and Design’s Visionaries! 2012 Scent Gala

Monday, November 12th, Mandarin Oriental, New York City

"Please save the date of Monday, November 12, 2012 and plan to join Chandler Burr, Curator of Olfactory Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design for a scent dinner in conjunction with MAD’s annual Visionaries! Gala. Each year, the Visionaries! Gala celebrates outstanding individuals in the arts and industry. In celebration of MAD’s inaugural scent exhibition, it is only fitting that many of this year’s honorees are leaders in the scent industry.

Held this year at the Mandarin Oriental, New York City, Visionaries! begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by an awards ceremony and scent dinner lead by Chandler Burr.

The Visionaries! Gala is the Museum’s most important annual fundraiser supporting MAD’s exhibitions and educational programs. A silent auction will include travel and dining packages, exceptional experiences, design items, luxury goods, and jewelry. Each year, more than 500 guests, including arts patrons, artists, designers and noted corporate and civic leaders, attend the event. Ticket prices for the gala range from $1,250–$2,500; tables are priced from $10,000–$25,000"

For more information, please call 212.299.7729 or email

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