THE MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS recently hosted “Medusa: Jewellery and Taboos”. The exhibit questioned the traditional art boundaries by reconsidering the questions of craftsmanship, decoration, fashion, and pop culture. It showed over four hundred pieces created by artists, avant-garde designers, contemporary jewelrymakers, and fine jewelers, as well as ancient or nonwestern pieces (including prehistorical and medieval works, punk and rappers’ jewelry, as well as costume jewelry). Organized around four themes with a specific display for each: Identity, Value, Body, and Instruments, the themes explored the often negative preconceptions surrounding jewelry in order to better deconstruct them, revealing jewelry’s underlying subversive and performative potential.
11 Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 75116, France; 220.127.116.11.40.00; www.mam.paris.fr/en.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” from February 24 through May 13, 2018. The exhibition features forty-five ensembles created from 2008 – 2015, the minimalistic installation also includes a selection of her shoe designs and runway show footage.
1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
THE SONORAN GLASS SCHOOL AND ORNAMENT MAGAZINE will co-host a the Tucson Bead Symposium on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Speakers and topics are: Jamey Allen, “The Albert J. Summerfield Collection: Great Glass Beads”; Paul Engle, “The Alchemy of Color: Exploring Glass Coloring in Renaissance Europe for Beads and Ornaments”; Tom Holland, “The String, the Knot and the Bead”; Floor Kaspers, “Beadmaking in Bohemia: The Interaction between Supply and Demand”; Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, “Sourcing and Authenticating Ancient Stone Beads: New Approaches”; Robert K. Liu, “A Critical Examination of Early Mosaic Face Beads excavated by George Reisner in Nubia”; Linda Sweeney, “What Makes Contemporary Glass Beads Collectible”; and Thomas Stricker, “A Closer Look at African Powder Glass Beads, Kiffa (Muraqat), Bodom and Akoso”, with a brief comment on Billy Steinberg’s new book, Wild Beads of Africa.
633 West 18th Street, Tucson, Arizona 85701; 520.884.7814, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ornament, 760.599.0222, email@example.com.
THE ASIAN ART MUSEUM hosts “Couture Korea” through February 4, 2018. The exhibit presents historic and contemporary fashion from Korea and beyond. The result of a partnership between the Seoul-based Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation and the museum, this original exhibition introduces American audiences to the artistry and legacy of Korean dress. The exhibition’s title borrows from the French to convey Korea’s comparable tradition of exquisite, handcrafted tailoring, and weaves together courtly costume from centuries past with the runways of today’s fashion capitals.
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California 94102; 415.581.3500; www.asianart.org.
THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM presents “Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions” through March 25, 2018. The exhibition presents a selection of embroidered costumes and accessories from around the world to explore their distinguished craftsmanship and unique social and cultural connotations. This exhibition is presented as a complement to the recently closed special exhibit "The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll", emphasizing that global textiles and embroidery traditions were profoundly influential on the creative output of the 1960s counterculture.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, California 94118; 415.750.3600; deyoung.famsf.org.
MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM hosts “Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal” through March 25, 2018. Kantha is a term used across the Indian sub-continent to denote decorative stitched quilting. In Gujarat, hangings patterned with concentric circles or squares in running stitch are known as kanthas, while in Bengal, kanthas are stitched for a variety of purposes, such as winter quilts, covers and wraps for books and valuables or as mats for ceremonial purposes. They are most often given to daughters on the occasion of their marriage, as a token of love, or as a gift for a new-born child or grown son. They are often, as tradition has it, made up of old cast off saris or dhotis.
1439 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101; 619.239.0003; www.mingei.org.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents "Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard" from March 25 through July 22, 2018. The exhibit displays editorial work by artist Jim Howard, a well-respected member of Denver’s fashion community. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, and through the ‘70s and ‘80s when the fashion illustration industry was at its height. The exhibition offers a look at fashion trends set by ready-to-wear designers, high-end fashion retailers, and cosmetic companies.
100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204; 720.865.5000; www.denverartmuseum.org.
SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION AND FILM presents “Guo Pei: Couture Beyond” through March 4, 2018. The exhibition explores the work of fashion designer Guo Pei, the first Chinese national designer invited to join the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. This exhibit presents more than thirty of her gowns from the past decade, alongside a selection of her prêt-à-porter dresses and jackets.
1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; 404.253.3132; www.scadfash.org.
THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM hosts “Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy” through May 27, 2018. This exhibition explores the Russian crafts tradition that culminated in the creativity of the workshop of Carl Fabergé. Over seventy objects are on display, including Imperial Easter Eggs purchased by the museum’s founder, Henry Walters.
600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201; 410.547.9000; www.thewalters.org.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents “Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry” through August 19, 2018. The practice of revival jewelry became popular in the nineteenth century, as designers like Castellani, Giacinto Melillo and Eugene Fontenay began reviving examples of ancient ornaments, newly unearthed in archaeological excavations. More than four thousand years of jewelry history, through about seventy objects—both ancient and revival—trace the revival movement from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. The exhibition focuses on four types: archaeological, Classical, Egyptian, and Renaissance.
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; 617.267.9300; www.mfa.org.
GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN presents “Then and Now: Fashion Show @ 50” from February 3 through April 29, 2018. This exhibit is held in concert with the University of Minnesota Fashion Show, and includes work by Apparel Design program Alumni, as well from the senior class. Twenty seven designers display their work. This marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Fashion Show, which will be held February 10.
364 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108; 612.624.7434; goldstein.design.umn.edu.
THE MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE presents “Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking in the Southwest” through September 3, 2018. This exhibition features sandals that date back thousands of years found in the dry caves of New Mexico and nearby regions. The museum has amassed a significant collection of Plains and Southwest moccasins. The exhibition includes examples of contemporary high fashion footwear artists like Teri Greeves, Lisa Telford and Emil Her Many Horses, showing how traditional designs and techniques are now being used to create shoes in the twenty-first century.
710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505;
THE WHEELWRIGHT MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN presents “Beads: A Universe of Meaning” through April 15, 2018. The exhibition traces the history of imported glass beads as a medium of exchange, artistic expression and identity for indigenous peoples throughout North America. It features garments, articles of adornment and works of art dating from circa 1850 to the present. Both contemporary and historical works are on display.
704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505;
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART hosts “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” through January 28, 2018. The exhibition explores the present, past and sometimes the future of one hundred eleven items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact in the last and current centuries. Among them are pieces as well known and transformative as the Levi’s 501s, the Breton shirt and the Little Black Dress, and as ancient and culturally charged as the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh.
11 West 53rd. Street, New York, New York 10019; 212.708.9400; www.moma.org.
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN hosts as part of a series of linked solo and curated projects “Noordeman and Wright: Audiowear” through February 11, 2018. The overarching exhibit, “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound” explores sound as substance. “Noordeman and Wright: Audiowear” features a collaborative solo project by Arjen Noordeman and Christie Wright. Their series of musical jewelry is inspired by idiophone and aerophone instruments and the acoustic quality of clay.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019; 212.299.7777; www.madmuseum.org.
THE COOPER HEWITT DESIGN MUSEUM hosts “Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection” through May 28, 2018. Featuring nearly one hundred fifty brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, the exhibition illuminates the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field. The exhibit is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, and William P. Short III.
2 East 91st St., New York, New York 10128; 212.849.8400; www.cooperhewitt.org.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART features “Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer” through July 22, 2018. Displaying twenty textiles and fifty lacquers spanning several hundred years—from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century—the exhibition highlights the imagery on a wide range of objects: dragon robes, rank badges, and tapestry panels for interior decoration, as well as many different types of lacquer vessels from imperial workshops.
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK presents “The Body: Fashion and Physique” through May 5, 2018. Fashion is inextricably linked to the physical form of the wearer. However, the idealized fashionable body is a cultural construct. The exhibit elucidates the impact the fashion industry has had on how people have viewed and treated their bodies throughout history. It will also consider how fashion has contributed to the marginalization of certain body types within our culture.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
THE MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH hosts “Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion” through February 4, 2018. Focused on twenty-first-century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses, this exhibition highlights the meticulous craftsmanship, attention to detail and fine materials characteristic of couture. Also highlighted is the inherent architecture of fashion from the pattern pieces, cut and construction methods, sometimes layered with innovative decorative flourishes of surface design.
2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28207; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM presents “Fringe Elements” through July 1, 2018. Fringe is one of the most basic forms of ornamentation on textiles since it is a natural finish for weaving. When threads of the warp extend beyond the last weft threads they create a fringe. While originally an integral part of the textile, most fringe is now applied separately to the garment. This exhibit highlights both the great diversity in fringe, as well as the surprising links between seemingly disparate cultures.
515 Hilltop Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
THE METAL MUSEUM features “Alchemy4” through April 29, 2018. Sponsored by The Enamelist Society, the exhibition presents the work of ninety-eight artists chosen for the 16th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition, located in the Gasparrini galleries, and the 12th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition, located in the Keeler galleries. The objects in the exhibition are divided into three categories: jewelry, objects and wall sculpture. The exhibition features some of the most prominent enamelists working today and highlights enameling techniques and innovations within the field, while also featuring work by students from accredited degree programs throughout the world.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY hosts “Right On!: Rights, Rituals, Remembrances” from February 7 – 27, 2018. This exhibit displays the work of twenty-two artists as they explore and reinterpret the nature of talismans, tokens, and amulets. Featured artists include Cynthia Toops and Dan Adams, Marita Dingus, Kathleen Faulkner, Peg Fetter, Trudee Hill, Judith Hoyt, Nadine Kariya, Janis Kerman, Kirk Lang, David LaPlantz, Patricia Kidwell Lown, Jane Martin, Marcia Meyers, Seth Papac, Jan Smith, Checha Sokolovic, Wolfgang Vaatz, Sarah Wauzynski, Roberta & David Williamson, and Liaung-Chung Yen.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presents “Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China” from February 24 through July 9, 2018. For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization.
701 21st Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20052; 202.994.5200; www.museum.gwu.edu.
THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM features “Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion” through April 22, 2018. The exhibit presents more than fifty wedding outfits plus accessories covering nearly two hundred years of Australian weddings. The exhibition includes Australia’s first surviving wedding dress from 1822, gold rush fashions, elegant 1920s gowns, unconventional sixties styles, and spectacular contemporary designer fashion, as well as garments reflecting Australia’s culturally diverse communities.
500 Harris St., Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia 2007; 61.02.9217.0111; maas.museum/powerhouse-museum.
THE MODEMUSEUM ANTWERP presents “Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty” through March 18, 2018. The exhibit explores Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens’s creative evolution of twenty years in the fashion business, his craftsmanship and the changing atmospheres of his work through a multitude of silhouettes imbued with the couture spirit.
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770; www.momu.be/en.html.
THE BATA SHOE MUSEUM hosts through 2019 “Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection”. Over forty distinct cultural groups have thrived in the Arctic landscape for centuries. Their diverse footwear and clothing were created to meet environmental challenges and express cultural meanings. Drawing from the museum’s extensive circumpolar holdings and building upon information gathered during field research trips to each Arctic nation, this exhibition showcases a variety of footwear, garments and tools, highlighting the artistry and ingenuity of the makers, and revealing different cultural identities, crafting techniques and spiritual meanings.
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada; 416.979.7799; www.batashoemuseum.ca.
THE SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM presents “Pretty on Pink: Éminences Grises in Jewellery” through February 25, 2018. Like no other color, gray represents the modern era, whose most characteristic materials, i.e. concrete and steel, are also gray. Contemporary jewelry artists, like Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Katja Prins and Ruudt Peters, have turned their attention to this color spectrum, which is in stark contrast to the color pink. This radically different hue will be used to highlight the gray jewelry.
Jahnstraße 42, Pforzheim 75173, Germany; 49.7231.392126; www.schmuckmuseum.de/flash/SMP_en.html.