This event has passed.


The Art of Scent 1889-2012


Nov 20, 2012 – Feb 24, 2013



Museum of Art and Design

2 Columbus Circle




Olfactory art is finally getting a nod with this must-experience show currently on display at the Museum of Arts and Design. Much like Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present did for performance art, The Art of Scent seeks to take a misunderstood and under-recognized art form and legitimize it. Organized chronologically, the group show features 12 fragrances, each representing a different aesthetic school. The aim is for visitors to take in the scent while gaining an understanding of its making and the historical context in which it was created. Additionally, since the discussion of olfactory art is at best a foreign language, another goal is to give it a vocabulary. The award-winning design studio Diller Scofidio & Renfro, whose other credits include the High Line Park and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment Project, have conceived an eloquent and understated environment that allows one to have a personal experience as well as interact with others and ask questions. Curated by Chandler Burr, a former perfume critic for the New York Times, this groundbreaking exhibition succeeds in validating the art form. Definitely one worth sniffing out.

Mindy Bond, Flavorpill