The duo’s dream became a reality through the support of the Pernod Ricard Group. MADE opened in 2010 and, over the four years that followed, provided a home for artists to work in residence, collaborate, and show their work.
The MADE gallery was a highly adaptive space designed to work well for every artist. The gallery featured movable walls, furniture on wheels, and an array of 240 overhead industrial lamps that could be adjusted to cast a broad range of colors at varying levels of brightness.
One of our favorite MADE events took place in April 2011 when songwriter Aloe Blacc, violinist and composer Mihalj “Miki” Kekenj, and painter Jaybo leveraged the “talent and experience from their respective creative disciplines to create…a moment.” The trio presented an evening filled with wonderful music and performance as well as a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” unlike any other ever heard.
MADE presented many other unique experiences like this featuring artists like Ebon Heath, Stuart Wood, Jonathan Mannion, and Yohji Yamamoto and musicians like Ólafur Arnalds, Erykah Badu, David LaChappelle, and Moby.
As the old proverb says, “all good things must come to an end.” When MADE closed in 2014, they shared a a retrospective titled “Goodbye Film,” which shared highlights of the events and experiences hosted at MADE over the previous four years.
We suspect that the work, exhibitions, and performances that happened because of MADE will live on in digital form online and inspire a new generation of creatives, musicians, and artists to gather, collaborate, and produce new and amazing things.