THE HEARD MUSEUM presents “Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay” through October 4. Few know that, in addition to being one of Native America’s most acclaimed jewelers, Charles Loloma (Hopi) also created pen and ink drawings of landscapes, textiles and corn, among other inspirations. The exhibit will offer fresh insights into the talents of this leading Native artist. Loloma jewelry and pottery, Hopi textiles and katsina carvings will be included to add diversity and fully develop the theme of the drawings.
2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.252.8840; www.heard.org.
THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM features “Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag” from April 4 through August 9. Following the prolonged trauma of World War II, a renewed public appetite for color and pattern flourished in Britain. Czech-born Jacqueline Groag was one of the most versatile women designers of this period. From the colorful and playful to the abstract and representational, Groag’s work contributed to Britain’s spirit of renewal and defined the popular “contemporary” style.
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
JEWELER ALISON B. ANTELMAN is the winner of the 2015 Niche Award Competition in the Silver Category for her Hanging Garden necklace. Antelman’s featured necklace, from a collection of the same title, is inspired by the human desire to bring nature into city life; small hollow-form sculptures that adorn the body and draw the eye.
THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS MARKET hosts its thirtieth anniversary show from June 5 – 7, at the Pasadena Convention Center. More than two hundred craftspeople present their work in a variety of media. This is an opportunity to see some of the West Coast masters, as well as view a wide range of affordable art objects at one of the largest craft shows in Southern California.
THE LEGION OF HONOR displays “High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection” through July 19. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than sixty costumes, thirty costume accessories and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. It focuses on key points of twentieth-century fashion design, in particular rare pieces from French couture houses, and work by seminal American designers from the 1930s and 1940s.
Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121; 415.750.3600; legionofhonor.famsf.org.
THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING features its “23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition” through April 25. Costumes from selected films of 2014 will be displayed in this annual exhibition of cinematic costume design. Highlighted in the exhibition will be the previous year’s Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, The Great Gatsby, designed by Catherine Martin.
919 South Grand Ave., Suite 250, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.623.5821; fidmmuseum.org.
THE SAUSALITO ART FESTIVAL holds its sixty-third annual show from September 5 – 7, 2015. Two hundred and sixty-five artists are present at this event, with a focus on two-dimensional media. There are also artisans in ceramics, clothing, jewelry, glass, and sculpture.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM hosts “Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America”, open through November 27, 2016. This exhibit pairs portraits and jewelry from the museum’s Spanish Colonial collection, as well as furniture, to paint a picture of embellishment in Latin America from 1521 – 1850.
100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204; 720.865.5000; www.denverartmuseum.com.
GALLERY FIVE ushers in 2015 with new cotton and silk shirts by Doshi. Each shirt is hand-dyed using the shibori technique. Laurette O’Neil’s minimalist jewelry creates focal points with bold geometric shapes. Also available at the gallery are Anya SF’s tunics, made from a variety of knit fabrics.
140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555; www.gallery5.com.
THE CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM hosts “Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile” through August 16. Featuring twenty-six ensembles from the museum’s costume collection, the exhibition explores the development of North Michigan Avenue into one of the most recognizable and renowned destinations for upscale retail. Set against a shifting landscape, the clothing featured tells the story of the growth of this landmark district, showcasing the fashion from the past decades and the stylish people who wore it. On display are pieces by noted designers such as Norman Norell, Adolfo, Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto, and Chanel.
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614; 312.642.4600; www.chicagohistory.org.
THE RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS MUSEUM presents “Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry” ending January 3, 2016. The exhibition features more than two hundred fifty works of art jewelry between the Victorian Era and the First World War. This exhibition examines the international proliferation of art jewelry through the lens of woman as its maker and muse.
40 East Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611; 312.482.8933; www.driehausmuseum.org.
THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART presents “Earl Pardon’s ‘Portable Art’: Jewelry and Design” through June 6. This exhibition presents a rare display of more than one hundred works by celebrated Southern-born American designer Earl Pardon. On view will be eighty-eight pieces of Pardon’s jewelry (which he referred to as his “portable works of art”) and a selection of his homeware designs, many of which have never been exhibited together. The assortment of homewares include exceptional examples of production work Pardon created as the assistant director of design for Towle Silversmiths in the 1950s.
1280 Peachtree Street, Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; 404.733.4444; www.high.org.
MOBILIA GALLERY presents “Journey Through Time: An Exploration of Artful Adornment and Sculptural Vessels Through the Ages” from May 1 through June 30. Organized to coincide with the Society of North American Goldsmith’s 2015 conference, the exhibit features national and local artists as well as an international representation from the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, and Taiwan.
358 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617.876.2109; www.mobilia-gallery.com.
THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS hosts its 2015 conference in Boston, from May 20 – 23. Titled “Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward”, this year’s symposium theme is a careful consideration of the past, and the lessons it holds, while considering the present, and how to shape our future. The keynote speaker is Ruudt Peters, who was head of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy’s Jewelry Department in Amsterdam from 1990 to 2000. Other events include the ever-popular Pin Swap, trunk shows and student exhibits.
THE CRANBROOK ART MUSEUM displays “The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia” through October 11. Former Cranbrook Academy of Art student and metalsmithing instructor Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) has received international acclaim for his metal furniture and sculpture, but his exploration of the medium originated in jewelry design. Also showing is the exhibit “Nick Cave: Here Hear”, showing from June 20 through October 11. African-American artist Nick Cave is famed for his embellished costumes titled Soundsuits staged in public spectacle.
39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303; 248.645.3320; www.cranbrookart.edu/museum.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART displays “China: Through the Looking Glass” from May 7 through August 16. This exhibition, presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, will explore how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries, resulting in highly creative distortions of cultural realities and mythologies. High fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as films, to reveal reflections of Chinese imagery.
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY hosts “Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits” through April 25. Authenticity and copyright protection against knock-offs are two of the most debated topics in fashion today. This exhibit investigates the history of both authorized and unauthorized copying, as well as the various factors that have led to gray areas in authenticity.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/3662.asp.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN in New York presents “Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family” through January 10, 2016. Curated by Lois Sherr Dubin, the exhibition explores the work of a Navajo family living in Gallup, New Mexico. The Yazzies are second generation silversmiths, with nine of the thirteen siblings involved in jewelrymaking. An introduction to the exhibit thoroughly explains the traditional Navajo motifs, as well as providing the background of the Yazzie family and Gallup.
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004; 212.514.3700; www.nmai.si.edu.
THE MINT MUSEUM hosts at its Uptown location “Halston And Warhol: Silver And Suede” through June 14. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in collaboration with Lesley Frowick (the niece of Halston), the exhibit integrates approximately forty of Halston’s creations, and also features a variety of archival material and ephemera that further link the two men both creatively and socially and explore their shared influences and interests.
500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM displays two exhibitions focused on wearable art. “American Jewelry Design Council: Variations On A Theme: 25 Years Of Design” shows through April 26. The AJDC’s annual design project began in 1996, and each year a design theme is chosen for which members create one-of-kind pieces. Also at the museum is “The Great War: Women And Fashion In A World At War” showing through July 5. This exhibition explores how the roles for women changed during and in the immediate aftermath of World War I through a careful look at how they dressed.
East Main Street and South Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM features “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945” through May 3. The story is explored through the key individuals and organizations that have contributed to Italy’s reputation for quality and style. The exhibition will include both women’s fashion and menswear, highlighting the techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become known.
1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205; 503.226.2811; www.portlandartmuseum.org.
THE RISD MUSEUM hosts “Golden Glamour: The Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry Collection” through July 5. The exhibition features the garments given to the museum from the estate of American philanthropist and Rhode Island native Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry (1873 - 1958). This installation includes early 1920s - 1930s fashions from the premier design houses of Europe—Elsa Schiaparelli, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo of the Fortuny label, the House of Worth, Callot Soeurs, Paul Poiret, and Edward H. Molyneux—all speaking to Gerry’s impeccable and cosmopolitan taste for fashions of lamé, silk and velvet.
20 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903; 401.454.6500; www.risdmuseum.org.
THE CHARLESTON MUSEUM presents “Fashion Flashback, 1920s - 1960s: Five Decades of Style that Changed America”, showing through May 10 in the Historic Textiles Gallery. This will be a journey back through time with a decade-by-decade look at clothing styles, beginning with an exploration of the hip 1960s and working backward to the swinging 1920s. Women’s and men’s clothing and accessories will be displayed, offering a light-hearted look at fifty years of fashion. Each decade will receive vivid representation, from the Roaring Twenties to the post-war boom of the 1950s.
360 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403; 843.722.2996; www.charlestonmuseum.org.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY hosts “Matter of Material” from July 22 through August 11. From paper and wood to cement and meteorites, nontraditional jewelry materials are explored in unique bodies of work by nine imaginative artists. Exhibiting artists include Matt Lambert, Kirk Lang, Jennifer Merchant, Gustav Reyes, Kait Rhoads, Checha Sokolovic, Cynthia Toops, Francesca Vitali, and Molly Aleza Vogel.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 108, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM presents “Jana Brevick: This Infinity Fits in My Hand” from April 17 through August 16. In Jana Brevick’s hands, the prosaic household object or tool is transformed into a gem. This exhibition represents the artist’s first solo exhibition in a museum. The exhibition will present previous works charting the artist’s career alongside new pieces, and will demonstrate the artist’s versatility and range, from wearable objects and jewelry to sculpture and environmental installation. Also showing at the museum is the traveling exhibition “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” through June 7.
510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004; 425.519.0770; www.bellevuearts.org.
THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM hosts “Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection” from February 12, 2015 through May 17, 2015. Shaped by the Dikers’ passion for American Indian art and culture, coupled with an aesthetic sensibility honed by their long engagement with modern and contemporary art, this collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Native American art in private hands. Around one hundred ten cultural objects, wearables, sculpture, paintings, and functional craft from Indian tribes across North America will be included.
1300 First Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.654.3100; www.seattleartmuseum.org.
THE RACINE ART MUSEUM hosts “Charlotte Kruk: Consumer Couture—The Politics of Having” through July 26. This exhibition featuring the work of Charlotte Kruk displays the artist’s wit in visual form. By using discarded packaging materials as the foundation for her provocative fashion, Kruk makes a statement about how our consumerist society relentlessly throws away matter into the trash only to regurgitate it to be bought and purchased all over again.
441 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262.638.8300; www.ramart.org.
THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM hosts “A Fine Possession: Jewellery & Identity” through September 20. Jewelry has been made and worn for personal, social and cultural reasons through millennia. This exhibition celebrates the central place of jewelry in human life, from antiquity to the present-day, through a selection of jewelry made, worn and collected in Australia.
500 Harris St., Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales 1238, Australia; 02.9217.0444; www.powerhousemuseum.com.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA presents “Good Beginnings: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China” through May 24. For festivals and special occasions, Chinese mothers and grandmothers dressed their children in handmade hats representing powerful animals—tigers, dragons, rabbits, and bats which were believed to bestow a child with strength and power, frighten away evil spirits and ensure a prosperous future. Presented to commemorate the Textile Museum of Canada’s fortieth anniversary, this exhibition draws from one of the largest and earliest donations to the museum’s collections.
55 Centre Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5G 2H5; 416.599.5321; www.textilemuseum.ca.
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN BRITAIN presents “Hatched, Matched, Dispatched – & Patched!” through November 1, 2015. This exhibition brings together objects that commemorate family milestones. As well as featuring historic quilts from major collections, the exhibition will also showcase costumes.
Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD, United Kingdom; 0.1225.460503; www.americanmuseum.org.
THE DESIGN MUSEUM hosts “Women Fashion Power: Not A Multiple Choice” through April 26. The exhibit takes a look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.
28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD; 188.8.131.5203.6933; www.designmuseum.org.
THE WERELDMUSEUM presents “Gold of the Gods” through April 6. This exhibit explores the royal jewelry of Java. On special occasions Javanese royalty would adorn themselves with jewelry originally intended for the gods, honoring Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati by embodying them. This interweaving between representation and ritual portrays the active role played by the gods in Javanese society.
Willemskade 25, Rotterdam 3016, The Netherlands; 31.10.27071.72; www.wereldmuseum.nl/en.