BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM hosts “BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis” from September 2, 2016 through January 2017. In 2010, the museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople and designers, with an emphasis on current and new work. For each edition, the museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft and design. The fourth edition in the series, Metalmorphosis is focused on the medium of metal. Forty-nine artists from three hundred thirty applications have been selected to display their work. Shown are Homeopathic Objects brooch by Lori Talcott (top), Cataract brooch by Andy Cooperman, Airlock neckpiece by Jana Brevick, and the Saddest Aisle #9 brooch by Keith Lewis.
510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, Washington 98004; 425.519.0770; www.bellevuearts.org.
THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Defining Moments: Fifty Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum” through August 7 at the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and Orme Lewis Gallery. Featuring more than fifty works drawn from the history of fashion, this exhibition highlights masterworks and milestones of the permanent collection. The exhibition features a roster of world-class designers, including Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Chanel alongside historical works.
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART presents “Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i” through August 7. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, this presentation highlights a remarkable collection of wearable objects rarely exhibited outside Hawai‘i. While the artform dates back many centuries, this exhibition focuses on pieces made for Hawaiian royals beginning in the late eighteenth century and ending just before the twentieth century, when the islands were united under the rule of Kamehameha I, then subsequently visited by European explorers, on through the island’s annexation by the United States.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.857.6010; www.lacma.org.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents “Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s” from September 11, 2016 through May 28, 2017. The exhibition shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features seventy looks by designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today. Shown are Kansai Yamamoto with model Sayoko, and a jacket by Kansai Yamamoto, Denver Art Museum, Neusteter Textile Collection.
100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204; 720.865.5000; www.denverartmuseum.org.
THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART hosts “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” through August 14. This exhibition includes one hundred fifty-five sneakers and follows the evolution of the sneaker from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture and marker of masculine identity. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum, the exhibit examines the sneaker’s complex social history and immense cultural significance.
1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309; 404.733.4400; www.high.org.
THE TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA hosts its 15th Biennial Symposium from October 19 – 23 at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah. This year’s theme “Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port,” is an invitation for participants to explore the ways in which textiles shape, and are shaped by historical, geographical, technological, and economic aspects of colonization and/or globalization.
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO hosts “Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection” through August 21. Drawn from Art Institute Trustee and photographer Barbara Levy Kipper’s collection of Asian jewelry and ritual objects promised to the museum in 2014, the exhibition presents more than three hundred crafted works—highlights from this expansive collection—that offer a panoramic view of the disappearing nomadic and tribal cultures of Asia.
111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603; 312.443.3600;www.artic.edu.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART presents “MANUS X MACHINA: Fashion in an Age of Technology” through August 14. With more than one hundred seventy ensembles dating from the early twentieth century to the present, the exhibition addresses the founding of haute couture in the nineteenth century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production.
1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts “Uniformity” through November 19. Fashion has often drawn inspiration from uniforms of all kinds, taking functional features and transforming them into decorative elements. The exhibit explores the history behind a variety of uniforms, considering both their social role and their influence on high fashion. It is organized thematically to focus on four categories of uniforms: military, work, school, and sports. The exhibition includes over seventy objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/3662.asp.
THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN displays “Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia” through September 25. A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a former metalsmithing instructor, Bertoia has received international acclaim for his woven wire metal furniture and large bronze and copper sculptures. His exploration of the medium originated in jewelry design while he was still a high school student in Detroit in the 1930s. Of the hundreds of jewelry pieces attributed to Bertoia, the majority were produced during his years at Cranbrook in the early 1940s.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777; www.madmuseum.org.
THE MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN hosts “Pumped: The Art & Craft Of Shoemaking” through August 28. The ancient tradition of shoemaking has much in common with other crafts represented at the museum, such as ceramics, glass and metalwork. Like them, shoemaking at the highest level of quality requires a thorough knowledge of one or more materials with unique characteristics—
in this case mainly leather, but also fabric, plastics and other substances. Such knowledge is obtained through many hours of practice, whether the techniques used are centuries old or twenty-first century. The exhibition features footwear ranging from the early 1700s to 2015.
500 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM hosts “Fashions of Southern Africa” from August 26, 2016 through July 2, 2017. The exhibition brings together the work of fashion designers currently active in South Africa and Namibia to showcase the ways that people in southern Africa dress, make clothes and think about fashion. The exhibition looks beyond a simple binary between Western fashion and traditional African dress, revealing that there is original distinctive fashion in Africa.
515 Hilltop Dr., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART presents “Vlisco: African Fashion on a Global Stage” through January 22, 2017. This exhibition explores the Vlisco company’s fashion designs, follows the creation of a new textile, and showcases a selection of contemporary fashions by African and European makers as well as Vlisco’s in-house design team, from this Netherlands firm.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130; 215.763.8100; www.philamuseum.org.
THE METAL MUSEUM presents "Iron for Honor: Cast Iron Jewelry from the Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art" from August 14 through November 6. Curated by Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D., Iron for Honor showcases 38 pieces of European cast-iron jewelry from the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Around 1810, the three Royal Prussian Iron Foundries began to produce delicate cast-iron jewelry, which became enormously popular during the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon’s hegemony in Europe. Citizens were encouraged to relinquish their precious metals to help fund the war effort and were given iron jewelry in exchange. Some pieces included the inscription, Gold gab ich für Eisen (I gave gold for iron) or Zum Wohl des Vaterlandes (For the welfare of our country). By donating their gold jewelry in exchange for similar pieces cast in iron, Prussian citizens, particularly women, could actively participate in the war effort. Although not successful, a cast-iron revival was attempted in 1916 to help fund Germany during World War I. At this time, gold was traded for an iron medallion that read I give gold towards our defense effort and I take iron for honor.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
THE HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT presents “Charlotte Potter: Glass Armory“ through September 3. This solo exhibition investigates the physical manifestation of identity through the intersection of glass and the body’s largest organ and protective barrier, the skin. Using microscope slides, along with lenses and window glass, artist Charlotte Potter constructs a series of glass armor pieces that provide a visible frame for the psyche, allowing the viewer to explore how skin—with all of its blemishes, scars and imperfections—is fundamental to one’s sense of self. The foundational piece in this series, Armor (2014), is a cascading glass garment with photo decals of every inch of the artist’s skin transferred onto microscope slides. Like chainmail, glass pieces are linked by an underlying structure of sterling silver. Shown are Siblinghood and Armor.
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002; 713.529.4848; www.crafthouston.org.
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG presents “Thunderbirds: Jewelry of the Santo Domingo Pueblo” through September 5. During the twentieth century, Santo Domingo Pueblo created something called Depression Jewelry, or, as the makers themselves referred to it, Thunderbird Jewelry. Economic conditions and the rise of tourism in the 1930s led to the modification and creation of jewelry made
from nontraditional materials such as car batteries along with the use of the thunderbird motif.
101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23185; 888.965.7254; www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/art-museums/rockefeller-museum.
FACÈRÉ JEWELRY ART GALLERY presents “Funny Business: Making Mischief” through August 17. This show takes a bit of a turn, as ten participating artists express their wit through the visual medium of wearable art. From irreverent design to playful disguise, each artist brings a smile to their craft. The work of Emily Cobb, Nikki Couppee, Anna Davern, Marita Dingus, Chris Giffin, Thomas Hill, Felieke van der Leest, Kristin Lora, Sam Mitchell, and Tabea Reulecke are on display.
1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 108, Seattle, WA 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM hosts “Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life” through August 28, featuring looks from Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan, and Julien Macdonald. English stylist, editor and muse, Isabella Blow championed British fashion, nurturing the careers of many designers in the 1990s and beyond. The exhibition provides a rare chance to see over forty-five of her outfits comprising clothing, hats, shoes, and jewelry from more than twenty of the world’s top fashion designers, photographs from key fashion photographers and hats from Philip Treacy’s personal archives. Also showing is “Student Fashion 2016” through August 21. Each year this exhibition showcases outfits from the final-year top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools.
500 Harris St., Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia 2007; 61.02.9217.0111; maas.museum/powerhouse-museum.
THE MODEMUSEUM ANTWERP features “Game Changers—Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette” through August 14. The exhibit investigates the work of fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Along with the pioneers of haute couture in the 1920s and 1930s and later the designers of the 1980s and 1990s, Balenciaga provided an alternative for the prevailing constrictive hourglass silhouette. His patterns and work are the central focus of the exhibition. Other designers also have their clothing on display, each of which had similarly innovative ideas and shifted the boundaries of the classic feminine silhouette.
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770; www.momu.be/en.html.
THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM presents “Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.” through September 5. In recent years, the sharing of practices and styles between tattooists in Europe, Japan, and North America have pushed forward tattooing as artistic expression. The exhibition explores the five-thousand-year-old world of tattooing, showcasing a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions. This traveling exhibit comes from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C6; 416.586.8000; www.rom.on.ca/en.
THE MUSEUM AT KOLDINGHUS shows “FABERGÉ: The Tsar’s Jeweller and the Connections to the Danish Royal Family” through September 25. The exhibition presents approximately one hundred objects, including heirlooms borrowed from members of the Danish royal family, who own many Fabergé pieces due to their familial ties to the Russian tsars.
Markdanersgade 11, Kolding, Denmark 6000; 0045.76.33.81.00; www.koldinghus.dk/uk.
MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS hosts “Fashion Forward, Three Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)” through August 14. The museum is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of its fashion collection, which brings together three hundred items of men, women and children’s fashion from the late seventeenth century to the most contemporary creations, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a novel chronological overview.
107, rue de Rivoli, Paris, France 75001; 126.96.36.19955.5750; www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en.
SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM presents “Heavenly Bodies: the Sun, Moon and Stars in Jewellery” through October 30. The cosmos are represented in wearable form, from historical work through to the modern day, with lunulae, spheres representing the sun, and twinkling stars found in hair ornaments symbolizing the celestial, but adorning the terrestrial.
Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim, Germany d-75173; 49.0.7188.8.131.52; www.schmuckmuseum.de.
THE BRITISH MUSEUM displays “Courting To Contract: Love And Marriage In Iran” through November 20. The exhibition explores love and courtship in Iran through drawings, illustrated manuscript pages and objects, depicting intimate scenes and classical Persian accounts of celebrated romances. The works are complemented by a number of richly embroidered textiles, including wedding garments and accessories. Also showing at the museum is “Krishna in the Garden of Assam: the Cultural Context of an Indian Textile” through August 15. This includes masks and other textiles, giving context to the famous Vrindavani Vastra textile.
Great Russell St., London, England WC1B 3DG; 44.20.7323.8299; www.britishmuseum.org.
THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM hosts “Undressed:
A Brief History of Underwear” through March 12, 2017. From the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made ‘stays’ worn by working women in England in the eighteenth century, to pieces by current designers including Stella McCartney,
Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith, the exhibition explores the relationship between underwear and fashion. It covers notions of the ideal body, and the ways that cut, fit, fabric, and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality.
Cromwell Rd., London, England SW7 2RL; 44.20.7942.2000; www.vam.ac.uk.
THE NATIONALMUSEUM SWEDEN presents “The Jeweller’s Art—Precious Objects from the 17th Century to the Present Day” through August 28. This exhibition at Läckö Castle features tiaras, necklaces, brooches, snuff boxes, pocket watches, and beautifully mounted miniature portraits from the museum’s collections. Three hundred pieces, dating from 1650 to the present, cover a range of materials from gold, pearls and diamonds to plastic, titanium, eggshell, and perch skin.
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Stockholm, Sweden 111 48; 46.8.519.543.00; www.nationalmuseum.se/sv/English-startpage.