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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; examines the ways in which makers of beadwork have simultaneously sustained tradition, while engaging with popular culture; and developed a uniquely native artform. Both contemporary and historical work are on display.
704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505; 505.982.4636; www.wheelwright.org.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “A Tribute to James Galanos” from August 19, 2017 through January 7, 2018. The exhibition pays homage to the late American designer (1924-2016) with an exhibition spanning five decades of his designs as well as photographs from his personal archives. A supporter of the museum’s programs, Galanos personally donated a group of his designs to the fashion collection in 1990 and participated in several of its events.
1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM hosts “Arline Fisch: One of a Kind” through January 7, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, in 1931, Fisch was inspired by childhood trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other museums, as well as the theatrical, musical and architectural history of New York City. In 1961, Fisch was asked to establish and head-up a newly created jewelry program at San Diego State University—which provided her fresh artistic inspiration via Southern California’s qualities of color, form and scale, as well as new opportunities for travel and research. This exhibit includes approximately thirty necklaces, brooches, bracelets, and pendants, as well as body ornaments such as a pectoral, headpiece, belt buckle, and pomanders.
1439 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101; 619.239.0003; www.mingei.org.
THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM presents “Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll” through August 20. Iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films are on display. A fiftieth anniversary celebration of the counterculture that took place in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967, the exhibit presents more than three hundred cultural artifacts of the time, including almost one hundred fifty objects from the museum’s own holdings, supplemented by loans.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, California 94118; 415.750.3600; deyoung.famsf.org.
THE LEGION OF HONOR hosts “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” through September 24. The exhibit features approximately forty Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Edgar Degas, as well as those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and forty examples of period hats. The exhibition is the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists.
Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, California 94121; 415.750.3600; legionofhonor.famsf.org.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents "Glitterati: Portraits and Jewelry from Colonial Latin America" through November 19. During the Spanish Colonial period in Latin America (1521–1850), precious gold and silver were crafted into jewelry then embellished with emeralds from Colombia, coral from Mexico, and pearls from Venezuela. Wanting to demonstrate their wealth and status, people were painted wearing their finest dress and elaborate jewelry. The portraits, furniture, and jewelry that are exhibited in the exhibition, drawn from the museum’s Spanish Colonial collection, tell the story of people and luxury possessions in the New World.
100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204; 720.865.5000; www.denverartmuseum.org.
SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION AND FILM presents “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” through August 13. The exhibit displays more than two hundred pairs of shoes, from ancient Egyptian slippers embellished with gold leaf and the seductive signature red soles of Christian Louboutin heels, to cutting-edge designs created by contemporary designers experimenting with new materials and the latest technology. This traveling exhibition was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; 404.253.3132; www.scadfash.org.
CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Iowa Metals Guild Exhibition” through August 6. This juried exhibition was open to all artists who currently reside in Iowa, received their metal arts education in Iowa, or have taught metal arts in Iowa. From large-scale sculpture to jewelry, this exhibition showcases the artistry present in Iowa’s metalworkers. The exhibition can also be found online at kee-ho-yuen.wixsite.com/mysite.
410 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401; 319.366.7503; www.crma.org.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents “Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry” through August 19, 2018. Whether copying or choosing motifs to reinterpret, jewelers have always looked to the past for inspiration. The practice 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. Shown are winged faience scarab from Egypt, 740-660 B.C., and Polyp Colony by John Paul Miller. Photographs courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; 617.267.9300; www.mfa.org.
GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN presents “Inside Her Clothes” through September 3. This exhibit encourages visitors to think about how clothing is made and used, while celebrating the hard work and creativity of those who make it. By showing the inside of garments and exploring different techniques, the exhibition reveals the processes by which clothing goes from cloth to garment. As part of the exhibit, two seemingly identical dresses are compared; one, a mainly handsewn dress from 1915, and the other, a machine-stitched dress from 1924. Both dresses differ in their materials, with the older composed of silk, and the one from 1924 made of rayon. The older dress conceals a second, hidden bodice made of a soft netting that opens at center front with a row of hooks and eyes. The dress from 1924, in comparison, has no inner structure. Without possessing knowledge of their construction, these elementary differences would be invisible.
364 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108; 612.624.7434; goldstein.design.umn.edu.
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN presents the Summer of Love revisited in their exhibition, “Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture” through August 20. The exhibit celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s. Often referred to as the hippie movement, the Counterculture swept away the conformism of the previous decade and professed an alternative lifestyle whose effects still resonate today. The works on display encompass the ethos of members of a generation who fought for change by sewing, embroidering, quilting, patch-working, and tie-dyeing their identity. Putting the handmade at the center of their daily revolution, they embraced and contributed to establishing a craft and folk sensibility in a seminal moment for the development of American craft.
The museum also hosts as part of a series of linked solo and curated projects “Noordeman and Wright: Audiowear” from August 22, 2017 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 "Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection" through August 27. An installation of more than one hundred extraordinary examples of luxury cigarette and vanity cases, compacts, clocks, and other objects of the era are now on view in the Teak Room. The collection includes exquisite work from the premier jewelry houses of Europe and America—among them Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lacloche Frères, Boucheron, and Bulgari—dating from 1910 to 1938.
2 East 91st St., New York, New York 10128; 212.849.8400; www.cooperhewitt.org.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART displays“Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” through September 4. The exhibit examines the work of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste and fashionability. The thematic show features approximately one hundred forty examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear for Comme des Garçons dating from the early 1980s to her most recent collection, many with heads and wigs created and styled by Julien d’Ys. The exhibition space has been transformed to vividly display these pieces of clothing. Also at the museum, “From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries” shows through October 9. Drawn entirely from The Met collection, this exhibition examines these luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view. It is organized in two rotations. The first focuses on costumes used in dramas based on historical events; and the second will feature costumes from plays derived from legends and myths. The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed.
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK presents “Force of Nature” through November 18. The exhibit examines how the beauty and complexity of the natural world have inspired fashion designers for centuries. The exhibition places more than ninety-five objects from the museum’s permanent collection, dating from the eighteenth century to the present, within a context of period philosophies and scientific literature in order to demonstrate the deep interconnectedness between fashion and nature.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM presents “The 1980s: An Age Of Excess” through September 3. The exhibit highlights the sparkle and glamour of the twentieth century’s ninth decade. Designer gowns and elegant street wear from Europe and America—including among others Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Ungaro, Chanel and Christian LaCroix, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Patrick Kelly, Donna Karan, and Pauline Trigere—are featured.
515 Hilltop Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
THE METAL MUSEUM features “Metal in Motion” through August 27. A large group show, the exhibit presents artists whose work involves moving parts. Whether hand-operated or run on a motor, these pieces, which include jewelry and sculpture, invite the viewer to interact with the art. Several pieces have a practical function and assist the user in everyday activities. Other works are humorous and offer time for playing and entertaining our mechanical curiosity.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS hosts “Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” through August 27. The exhibit offers a comprehensive look at this influential and foundational fashion designer, and was organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent. Featuring one hundred examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear garments, the exhibition explores his artistic genius, working process and the sources of his design inspiration.
200 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220; 804.340.1400; www.vmfa.museum.
THE TACOMA ART MUSEUM presents “Well-Worn Narratives: The Mia McEldowney Jewelry Collection,” currently on extended view through 2017. Mia McEldowney (1950–2013), an influential gallerist, curator and arts leader, worked to advance the Northwest arts scene for more than three decades. Her vision for a strong arts community and her eclectic taste continue to influence the evolution of Northwest art. At the museum, McEldowney brought increased attention to Northwest studio art jewelry. Her bequest of thirty-five works of studio art jewelry memorializes her support of Northwest jewelry artists and her commitment to this form of artistic expression in the region.
1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402; 253.272.4258; www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM OF GLASS hosts “Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass” through October 1. This exhibit, the museum’s first of jewelry, presents the work of Linda MacNeil, who has been a pioneer in both the Studio Jewelry and Studio Glass movements since the 1970s. Emerging during that decade with formal training in metalsmithing, MacNeil began fashioning a body of work that combines glass and nonprecious metals—more recently augmenting them with precious materials—to make articles of adornment not rooted in narrative. Initially fabricating small, nonfunctional tabletop sculptures as well as jewelry, by the late 1980s she began to focus entirely on jewelry.
1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, Washington 98402; 866.468.7386; www.museumofglass.org.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY hosts “Pattern, Rhythm, Repetition” from August 2 through August 22. This exhibit plays with the theme of geometry and duplication, and how a shape replicated can give rise to subtle and intense feelings and emotions. Nine jewelry artists explore the organic, mathematical and architectural—from texture to statement—from simple to complex.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
STONINGTON ART GALLERY features “Lillian Pitt: A Jewelry Exhibit” from October 5 through October 29. Her jewelry is inspired by her Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs heritage. Many of these works are based on the rock petroglyphs and pictographs from the Columbia River Gorge, and honor the mythological stories and characters drawn by her distant ancestors there.
125 South Jackson Street, Seattle, Washington 98104; 206.405.4040; www.stoningtongallery.com.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY hosts “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse” from September 2, 2017 through January 7, 2018. This traveling exhibition, organized by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, explores the work of three designers who have pioneered creative approaches to recycling textiles: Luisa Cevese of Riedizioni in Milan, Christina Kim of Dosa in Los Angeles and Reiko Sudo of Nuno in Tokyo.
701 21st Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20052; 202.994.5200; www.museum.gwu.edu.
THE MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART displays “The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit” through September 17. The exhibition explores more than one hundred years of fashion unveiled through twenty-six unique garments dating from 1880 to 1991. From haute couture evening gowns to everyday wear, this collection of women’s clothing was purchased and worn by six generations of the Roddis family of Marshfield, Wisconsin. It is both a time capsule of American fashion and a story about individual expression and taste set against the backdrop of a small town.
205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend, Wisconsin 53095; 262.334.9638; www.wisconsinart.org.
THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM presents “Student Fashion” through October 8. The exhibition showcases outfits from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools. With inspiration as varied as the rural landscape around Orange, Chinese calligraphy and fabrications ranging from handwoven to 3D printed garments, each student presents two signature garments alongside documentation of their creative process.
500 Harris St., Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia 2007; 61.02.9217.0111; maas.museum/powerhouse-museum.
THE MODEMUSEUM ANTWERP presents “Nicole & Hugo: Swinging Ann Salens” through August 27. This exhibit combines two highlights of Flemish fashion and music history, and tell the story of the friendship, and mutual respect, between fashion designer Ann Salens and Belgian entertainment icons Nicole and Hugo. Clothing from Nicole and Hugo’s wardrobe, made by Salens, as well as photographs and video materials are on display.
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770; www.momu.be/en.html.
MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS hosts “Ladies’ Work” through September 17. To coincide with International Women’s Day, the exhibition explores the evolving role of women in applied arts such as textiles, fashion, ceramics, and design but also in photography and drawing. The exhibit shows the scope of female activity in a variety of fields and how the status of women has progressed from creators mastering techniques to which they have often been confined, to that of female artists working freely in all mediums.
107, rue de Rivoli, Paris, France 75001; 126.96.36.19955.5750; www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en.
THE SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM presents a special twin exhibition series, “Must-haves: Jewellery Created by the Greats of Craft” and “Must-sees: Jewellery in the Arts” through September 10. The first exhibition features the jewelry of the great luxury brands, such as Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels, and also presents those that started out on their road to success in Pforzheim or are located there, like Chopard and Wellendorff. In the second exhibition, jewelry in popular representation is depicted in a wide variety of paintings and photographs, spanning the eras from classical antiquity to the present day. The exhibits include a portrayal by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, one of the most sought-after German portrait painters of the nineteenth century.
Jahnstraße 42, Pforzheim 75173, Germany; 49.7231.392126; www.schmuckmuseum.de/flash/SMP_en.html.
THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM presents “The World of Anna Sui” through October 1. From Detroit to New York, American fashion designer Anna Sui’s signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation. The exhibit features over one hundred ensembles from the designer’s archive, presenting a roll call of archetypes from Surfers and School Girls to Hippies, Mods and Punks. This is the first time an American designer has been the focus of a retrospective exhibition in the UK.
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, England; 020.7407.8664; www.ftmlondon.org.
THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM features “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion” through February 18, 2018. The exhibition examines the work and legacy of Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over one hundred pieces crafted by “the master” of couture, his protégés and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.
Cromwell Rd., London, England SW7 2RL; 44.20.7942.2000; www.vam.ac.uk.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MYKONOS hosts “Vanity: Stories of Jewelry in the Cyclades” through September 2017. This exhibit features jewelry from the sixth century BC to the 1970s, casting a spotlight on ancient Greek jewelry design and how it has inspired artists through time. The exhibition is organized by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades and features more than two hundred thirty pieces of jewelry as well as twelve specially-commissioned pieces from contemporary Greek craftsmen.
846 00 Mykonos, Kyklades, Greece; 30.2289.022325; odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/eh152.jsp?obj_id=3301.