Work on view at the Museo del Gioiello Vicenza
to Jan 1

Work on view at the Museo del Gioiello Vicenza

The Jewellery Museum inaugurates its 2nd edition 2017-2018
with new international curators

"Jewellery is art, for me, is different because each piece is made by an individual, it is not made by industry, it is made by an artist who has a unique vision and who has the ability to inquire about a range of aesthetic ideas and to incorporate a particular personal concept. Since we decided to curate or organize an exhibition of American work, there was a definite obligation on my part to research and to carefully examine the field, and to try to select twenty-five or twenty-six works that would illustrate the range of aesthetic, you know, or the range of… the broad range of creative aesthetic work that existed in the United States, from the late twentieth century to the early twenty-first century."

- Helen W. Drutt

During the 20th century, numerous sculptors dedicated themselves to making jewellery, transferring their figurative skills, sometimes in the form of simple miniaturization or by working with the minute scale of jewellery itself. Jewellery, for everyone, can represent a sculpture for the body, transmitting concepts and desires, especially in terms of artistic research. Helen Drutt’s selection present jewellery by US artists who, like Alexander Calder or Art Smith, have renewed the relationship between jewellery and art.

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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection
to May 28

Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

Featuring nearly 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by seminal designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, Jewelry of Ideas illuminates the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field. Beginning with mid-20th-century American and European pioneers who pushed the boundaries of form and material, the exhibition traces the evolution of jewelry up to the avant-garde developments of the 1980s and through to the most recent innovations.

The works on view show how jewelry has moved far beyond its aesthetic considerations to stake out new creative territories through a mastery of materials, innovative techniques, and conceptual inquiry. In the collection are many of the field’s most experimental designers, including Joyce Scott, Friedrich Becker, Ted Noten, Kiff Slemmons, Otto Künzli, Ramona Solberg, Arline Fisch, Thomas Gentille, Attai Chen, Doug Bucci, and Jamie Bennett.

Exhibition Catalog
Illustrated with full-color photographs of the nearly 150 pieces of jewelry, this hardcover book also includes essays by curator and educator Ursula Ilse-Neuman on the evolution of contemporary jewelry from the mid-century to the present day. Process statements from the more than 100 jewelers represented in the collection further illuminate the groundbreaking materials and techniques, as well as conceptual scope, of these diverse jewelers’ achievements.

Available from SHOP Cooper Hewitt.


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Channeling Nature by Design
to Jul 16

Channeling Nature by Design

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Our ever-changing relationship to nature as seen through the eyes of great designers

From the botanical wallpaper of William Morris to the streamlined cutlery of Zaha Hadid, design has always found inspiration in nature. This exhibition examines how designers of handmade and industrial objects—including furniture, pottery, kitchenware, and even a 3-D printed neckpiece—have responded to the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

By bringing together nature-inspired objects from the past century and a half—and examining the forces that shaped them—this exhibition offers a fresh look at the power of design.

In the last few decades, Marc Newson, Zaha Hadid, Doug Bucci, and others have grappled with what nature means in our tech-driven world through varied approaches. Some designers allude to a loose concept of the organic through playful forms that suggest living organisms, while others emphasize the responsible use of materials and energy. More recently, artists have taken advantage of 3-D printing and computer algorithms to create works rooted in the principles of nature.

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