LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART presents “Beyond Bling: Jewelry From the Lois Boardman Collection” through February 5, 2017. The exhibition showcases an assemblage of contemporary studio jewelry from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The exhibition, which features a selection of fifty works from the gift of over three hundred pieces donated by collector Lois Boardman, explores the use of nontraditional materials and techniques, the ways jewelry can communicate personal or political messages, and the medium’s potential to shock and delight. The collection is the first of its kind to enter a museum on the West Coast. Shown are Beachside Humors brooch by Joseph Pillari, Koi bracelet by David Bielander, PARTY necklace by Joyce Scott, and ring by Karl Fritsch. Photographs courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90036; 323.857.6010; www.lacma.org.
THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Emphatics: Avant-Garde Fashion 1963-2013” through January 16, 2017. Last year, the museum acquired a rare archive of avant-garde contemporary fashions and ephemera collected by James and Karin Legato who owned and operated Emphatics, an exclusive boutique in Pittsburgh. This comprehensive archive features fashions and accessories by renowned designers such as Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Romeo Gigli, Alaia, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
THE LEGION OF HONOR features “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” through January 29, 2017. The exhibition presents more than two hundred pins and brooches from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright. The majority of these pieces were collected and worn during Albright’s service as US Ambassador to the United Nations (1993–1997) and as the first female Secretary of State (1997–2001), under President Bill Clinton. Albright used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the press.
Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121; 415.750.3600; legionofhonor.famsf.org.
METAL ARTS SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (MASSC) will host the Robert Liu Matrix Workshop on Saturday, February 18, 2017 in Orange County, California. Workshop information, registration, location and further details will be available on the MASSC website. Liu will teach students how to combine hi-tech polyester films with wire matrix to form lightweight and volumetric earrings and pendants.
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 Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204; 720.865.5000; www.denverartmuseum.org.
THE WHEELWRIGHT MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN presents “Eveli: Energy and Significance” through January 15, 2017. In 1968 twenty-eight-year-old Eveli Sabatie moved from Paris to San Francisco. A chance encounter with Hopi traditionalist Thomas Banyacya resulted in an invitation to attend the Powamuya (Bean Dance) ceremony at Third Mesa. There, in a local laundromat, she met the legendary master jeweler Charles Loloma. The exhibition is a retrospective on the work of Sabatie, one of only two jewelers (the other is Verma Nequatewa) whom Loloma recognized as protégés.
704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505; 505.982.4636; www.wheelwright.org.
THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM presents “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” through January 15, 2017. Iris van Herpen produced her first collection in 2007, shortly after graduating from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands. Born in the small town of Wamel, she is now based primarily in Amsterdam. This Dutch designer has gained international acclaim for her combination of traditional craftsmanship and futuristic techniques—including some of the world’s first examples of 3D printed fashion. Her sculptural designs often feature unusual materials such as umbrella ribs and synthetic boat rigging. Shown are Radiation Invasion dress, Hacking Infinity shoes made in collaboration with Noritaka Tatehana, and Chemical Crows dress. Dress photographs by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios.
101 Monroe Center Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503; 61.02.9217.0111; www.artmuseumgr.org.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART features “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven” through January 8, 2017. This landmark exhibition demonstrates the key role that the Holy City played in shaping the art of the period from 1000 to 1400. It features some two hundred works of art, including several pieces of jewelry and jeweled objects, from sixty lenders worldwide. More than four dozen key loans come from Jerusalem’s diverse religious communities, some of which have never before shared their treasures outside their walls. This will be the only American venue for the show.
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts “Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe” through January 7, 2017. The exhibit features forty fashion ensembles and accessories from the wardrobe of Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay, the Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952). When Marcel Proust wrote his great novel In Search of Lost Time, the Countess Greffulhe was one of the primary inspirations for his immortal fictional character, Oriane, the Duchess de Guermantes, of whom he wrote, “Each of her dresses seemed like... the projection of a particular aspect of her soul.”
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN presents “Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…” through March 15, 2017. Taking up the subject of gold, specifically jewelry and adornment as representative of power, wealth and love, this exhibition is created by performance artist and metalsmith Lauren Kalman. In reference to Austrian architect Adolf Loos’ 1908 treatise “Ornament and Crime,” in which he declared decoration regressive and fit only for degenerates and criminals (this included women and minorities), Kalman commits a “crime” by covering the inside and outside of MAD’s jewelry cases with two thousand golden brass leaves.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019; 212.299.7777; www.madmuseum.org.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM hosts “Fashions of Southern Africa” 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 Drive, Kent, Ohio 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 Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130; 215.763.8100; www.philamuseum.org.
THE METAL MUSEUM features “Tributaries: Caitie Sellers” from January 29 through April 16, 2017. Caitie Sellers has spent nearly a decade documenting through sketches her experiences living in different countries, states and cities. Having always felt like a foreigner while residing briefly in each new location, Sellers seeks to find the familiar among common themes and ubiquitous materials such as brick, wire and asphalt. She transforms imagery of architecture and urban infrastructure into jewelry with her fine mastery of such metals as copper and silver.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
THE HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT hosts “Best If Used By”, an exhibition showing through January 15, 2017 investigating the confluence of craft and food in contemporary culture. The exhibition features six U.S. and international artists, Celia Butler, Kazuki Guzmán, Joshua Kosker, Aurélie Mathigot, Yuka Otani, and Rachel Shimpock.
4848 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002; 713.529.4848; www.crafthouston.org.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS presents “The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger” from February 11 through June 18, 2017. This exhibition of one hundred forty-five works from the public jewelry and objects collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon examines this twentieth-century designer and the inspiration he found in the natural world. Schlumberger became chief designer for Tiffany & Co. in 1956, where his ornaments became known for their whimsical interpretations of nature, particularly marine life.
200 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220; 804.340.1400; www.vmfa.museum.
BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM hosts “BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis” 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.
510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, Washington 98004; 425.519.0770; www.bellevuearts.org.
FACÈRÉ JEWELRY ART GALLERY features “Celestial: Comets, Cupids, and Other Heavenly Bodies” from February 8 – 28, 2017. This exhibition of artist-made jewelry is inspired by the stellar outer realms, and promises the surreal, the sparkly and the out of this world. More than twenty-five artists will be participating in this venture through the cosmos.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 108, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
STONINGTON GALLERY hosts “Joan Tenenbaum: Memory & Light” through November 26. Tenenbaum is a jeweler, linguist, and cultural anthropologist based in Washington. Much of Tenenbaum’s art jewelry is based on the environment of Alaska and Washington: the landscape, the animals, and the indigenous people who call it home. Her current series for the exhibit strikes closer to home: “Certain experiences in our lives: kicking crispy leaves while walking to school, moonlight shimmering on water, yellow cottonwoods beside a river running through an ancient pueblo, an evocative sunset sky… these moments are etched in our memories by the quality of the colors, the sounds, the light.” Shown are the Song Carrier and Moon Over Sixmile Lake II-Headlands in Moonlight VI.
125 South Jackson Street, Seattle, Washington, 98104; 866.405.4485; www.stoningtongallery.com.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY hosts “Bingata! Only in Okinawa” through January 30, 2017. Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, was an independent kingdom until 1879, with its own language, culture and distinctive textile traditions. This special showing of textile treasures from Okinawan museum collections features brightly colored bingata—traditional resist-dyed fabrics—and contemporary works by Okinawan artists and fashion designers. Shown are traditional watansu robe by Yuko Tamanaha, tanashi robe from the eighteenth/nineteenth century, and watajin robe attributed to Shuri and Yuntanza, nineteenth century.
701 21st Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20052; 202.994.5200; www.museum.gwu.edu.
RACINE ART MUSEUM presents several exhibitions on wearable art this winter. “RAM Collects: Contemporary Art to Wear” shows through December 30 and debuts recent gifts of art to wear from its own collection, including examples of jackets, vests, and shawls by well-known American makers. Also showing is, “Duets: RAM Pairs Contemporary Craft Artists,” on view through January 22, 2017. The exhibition purposefully pairs the work of various contemporary artists. Visually or conceptually-related works are shown side by side in order to simultaneously highlight similarities and differences. The museum also presents “Sensory Overload: Clothing and the Body” through December 30. The artists whose works are featured in the exhibition create pieces that play to the metaphorical capacity of clothing and adornment while simultaneously addressing notions of wearability and the body as site. Shown are coat by Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Sensuality II by Heejin Hwang, Mountain/Lake Brooch by Harold O’Connor, Glacial Brooch by Eleanor Moty, and Anthony by Rachel Timmins.
441 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403, 262.638.8300; www.ramart.org.
THE MODEMUSEUM ANTWERP presents “Natan: The Dress” through December 4. This year the Belgian fashion house Natan is donating a couture creation to the museum. As a result of this gift, the museum created a film documenting the entire design and manufacturing process of the dress. The film records the various stages of the creative process: from the early design idea, the first sketch and the various fittings in the studio to the photo shoot with the model. The documentary is accompanied by dress ensembles from Natan.
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770; www.momu.be/en.html.
THE AUDAIN ART MUSEUM hosts “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimono of Ichimaru” through January 9, 2017. The fascinating life of Ichimaru (1906-1997), one of the most famous geishas of the twentieth century due to her exceptional singing voice, is told through this collection of her kimonos and other personal effects. In the 1930s, Ichimaru left geishahood to pursue an illustrious career as a full-time recording artist, but even as a diva, she continued to perform in full geisha regalia. The exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada V0N 1B4; 604.962.0413; www.audainartmuseum.com.
BEIJING BEAD MUSEUM & LIBRARY was founded in early 2015 by Walker Qin, a bead enthusiast who has been collecting and doing bead research for a decade. He has visited around one hundred museums in more than sixty countries. This is the first bead museum in China and is now the only museum doing research on ancient culture through beads and ornaments. It has a collection of about four thousand beads, as well as ancient stamps and seals, and a library of about six hundred books and magazines. The private museum has invited many archaeologists, jewelry researchers and designers to visit and offers seminars to members and visitors on ancient art pertaining to its collections.
1-C-505, Beautiful Oriental Garden, No. 38, Songyu Nan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020, China; cell: +86 13901286088; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE MUSEUM AT KOLDINGHUS presents “Knit Renaissance” from November 21, 2016 through February 17, 2017. As part of the museum’s celebration of the four hundredth anniversary of King Christian IV’s knights’ assembly at Koldinghus in December 1616, the museum has invited the textile crafts group Netmaskerne to explore the topic of the Renaissance. In this juried exhibition Netmaskerne uses extraordinary techniques, exquisite yarns and surprising color combinations to create a series of spectacular outfits inspired by Renaissance culture.
Markdanersgade 11, Kolding, Denmark 6000; 0045.76.33.81.00; www.koldinghus.dk/uk.
MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS hosts “Dress Code: When Clothing Becomes Scandal” from December 1, 2016 through April 23, 2017. With a selection of characteristic garments and fashion accessories, portraits, caricatures, advertisements, and a host of other objects, the exhibition explores the history of vestimentary liberties and offences, highlighting dress codes and moral values from the fourteenth century to today, from the royal courts to the street and magazines.
107, rue de Rivoli, Paris, France 75001; 126.96.36.19955.5750; www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en.
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 homemade ‘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 Road, London, England SW7 2RL; 44.20.7942.2000; www.vam.ac.uk.