"The Museum of Arts and Design collects, displays, and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life."
The American Craft Museum is on Fifth Avenue surrounded by the tall glass and stone buildings of a modern business district. It's right across the street from the MoMA in its own office-style building. The galleries are arranged in a unique fashion, on a series of interior balconies, with curving stairways linking the different levels. The works on display are mostly contemporary crafts, though they aren't the abstract forms that most people would expect from contemporary art. Some pieces, are so outlandish that they are amusing to look at, while some have a social message at the center of the work. Almost all of the gallery space is devoted to temporary exhibits, so the works on display when you visit might be quite different than what is described here.
The museum is a fun trip that takes about two hours. Even if you're not a fan of most modern art, you'll probably enjoy your visit.