LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
THE FOWLER MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES hosts four separate exhibitions on wearable art this spring and summer. “Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India’s Thar Desert” shows through June 18, and focuses on the silver jewelry traditions of this region, which stretches across the western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
“Fowler in Focus: Joli! A Fancy Masquerade From Sierra Leone,” previously featured in Ornament Volume 39.3, shows through July 16. The exhibition displays a rare group of headdresses worn for the Joli masquerades held in Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown in the 1970s.
“Pantsula 4 Lyf: Popular Dance and Fashion in Johannesburg” is on display through August 6. This exhibit features photographs and videos by South African photographer Chris Saunders that examine the township culture of pantsula. Pantsula is characterized by crews of men and women who perform energetic, acrobatic dances. These performers dress in a distinctive style that favors American-made brands such as Converse All-Star shoes and Dickies brand work pants.
“African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style” shows through July 30. The exhibit explores the diverse tradition of African dress featuring colorful, boldly patterned printed cloth.
308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, California 90024; 310.825.4361; www.fowler.ucla.edu.
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 make up the objects and media exhibited. A fiftieth anniversary celebration of the counterculture that blossomed 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 permanent holdings, supplemented by key, iconic loans.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, California 94118; 415.750.3600; deyoung.famsf.org.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents “Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s” through May 28. The exhibition shows work by Japanese designers who started a fashion revolution in Paris. The exhibition features seventy looks by powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today.
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.
THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS hosts its 2017 SNAG Conference, titled “Nexus: A Connection of Ideas” from May 24 – 27 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. Its focus is on motivating thinkers, collectors, and makers to bring new and old, materials, techniques, and ideas together. For this year’s conference, each day will have its own subtheme related to the art and culture of craft; Ornamentation, Decadence and Masquerade.
THE COSTUME SOCIETY OF AMERICA hosts its Annual Meeting and Symposium, “Portal to Progress: Transformations in Technology, Diversity and Dress” from May 29 through June 4 at the Westin Portland Harborview in Portland. The symposium presents recent historic dress research findings through presentations, panel discussions and exhibitions, in addition to professional development sessions and hands-on workshops. A silent auction and marketplace will be complemented with visits to local museums.
MOBILIA GALLERY hosts “Jose Marin: Primavera” through April 29. Jose Marin is a self-taught metalsmith from Spain who works in anodized titanium. He incorporates precious and semiprecious stones set in an element that is difficult to work with because of its strength. Marin is intrigued with the fact that titanium is found in almost all living things through being in water, soils and rocks.
358 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; 617.876.2109; www.mobilia-gallery.com.
THE FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM presents “Playa Made: Burning Man Jewelry” through June 4. This exhibition features jewelry created for or during the Burning Man Festival, an annual arts gathering, during which a temporary community is erected in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Jewelry is an integral part of the Burning Man festival and has many uses including trade, fostering personal connections and fulfilling the Gifting tenet (unconditional gifting of goods and services is a core tenet of the festival).
455 Oak St., Brockton, Massachusetts 02301; 508.588.6000; www.fullercraft.org.
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM hosts “WOW® World of WearableArt™” through June 11. For the last twenty-five years, New Zealand has hosted an annual design competition that challenges sculptors, costume designers, textile artists and makers of all stripes to explore the boundary between fashion and art, and to “get art off the walls and onto the body.” The exhibition presents thirty-two ensembles the competition’s most unique, spectacular and outlandish wearable artworks.
East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, Massachusetts 01970; 978.745.9500; www.pem.org.
RIO GRANDE holds its thirty-first Santa Fe Symposium from May 21 – 24. Twenty-four speakers are planned for the 2017 Symposium; and presentation topics include discussions on laser printing, improving the hardness of fine gold, fanning the creative spark, business growth, and more. Non-commercial and uncompetitive, the Santa Fe Symposium focuses on asking questions, opening peer-to-peer discussions and widening professional networks within the jewelry market.
firstname.lastname@example.org; 505.839.3249; 800.952.6222; www.santafesymposium.org.
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.
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 features “From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries” 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 hosts “Black Fashion Designers” through May 16. The exhibit examines the impact made by designers of African American descent on the world of fashion. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately seventy-five fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than sixty designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. Objects date from the 1950s to the present, including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the work of Patrick Kelly from the 1980s.
Also showing at the museum, “Force of Nature” is on display from May 30 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.
TAFT MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris” through May 14. The exhibit explores the intersection of French art, fashion and history. Seventy-five pieces of jewelry by Cartier, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, and others will be on display. Featuring jewelry from the seventeenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, the exhibition traces changing styles from Baroque adornments through to Neoclassical pieces and modern Art Deco designs. Additional decorative objects, design drawings and prints illuminate the jewelry’s place and significance within French history and culture. Drawn from the collection of the Petit Palais, the creations reflect the work of artists, designers and entrepreneurs who made these pieces.
316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; 513.241.0343; www.taftmuseum.org.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM hosts “Fashions of Southern Africa” through July 2. 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 METAL MUSEUM features “Metal in Motion” from May 7 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” from May 6 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.
Also showing is “The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger” through June 18. The 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.
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 NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM hosts “Marimekko, With Love” through July 9. The exhibition, originating at the Textile Museum of Canada, is a retrospective look at the company’s origins and role in shaping a new aesthetics and approach to living through fashion and design. In Canada, a design studio called Karelia introduced Marimekko and contemporary Finnish design to international audiences. Objects in the exhibition are primarily drawn from Karelia’s collections and archives.
3014 NW 67th St., Seattle, Washington 98117; 206.789.5707; www.nordicmuseum.org.
NORTHWIND ARTS CENTER presents “Seattle Metals Guild and the Wawona” from May 4 – 29. Northwestern artists from the Seattle Metals Guild will use wooden pieces from the schooner Wawona in jewelry and sculptural work. The Wawona was launched at Fairhaven, California, in 1897. It was the largest three-masted sailing schooner ever built in North America. It was demolished in 2009 when the vessel became stricken with beetle infestation and water damage. Some of the Douglas Fir used in its constructions was donated to SMG artists as materials for this commemorative exhibition.
701 Water St., Port Townsend, Washington 98368; 360.379.1086; www.northwindarts.org.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY hosts “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” from March 18 through July 24, 2017. This exhibition of fashion ensembles by leading designers tells the story of the fair’s creator Eunice W. Johnson, who overcame racial prejudice to bring global fashion to African-American audiences.
701 21st Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20052; 202.994.5200; www.museum.gwu.edu.
RACINE ART MUSEUM features “Made in Mexico: Contemporary Art Jewelers with Mexican Heritage” through February 5, 2017. This exhibition features the work of three artists who use nonprecious materials to explore their Mexican heritage. In addition to investigating ideas and issues that have personal meaning, Lorena Angulo, Jorge Manilla and Georgina Trevino create works that speak to the influence of collective histories and shared experiences.
441 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403, 262.638.8300; www.ramart.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 KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM presents “The First Gold. Ada Tepe: Europe’s Oldest Gold Mine” through June 25. The unassuming name Ada Tepe stands for an archaeological sensation. Europe’s oldest prehistoric gold mine was located in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains. From as early as 1500 B.C. until the end of the Bronze Age around 1000 B.C., the precious metal was mined here. In 2016 scholars from the Austrian and the Bulgarian Academies of Sciences began to study the finds. Selected artifacts from the largest Bronze Age hoard are seen for the first time.
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria; 43.1.525.24.0 ; www.khm.at/en.
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; 188.8.131.5255.5750; www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en.
BRISTOL MUSEUM & ART GALLERY presents “Stone Age to Iron Age” through June 25. The exhibit features three hundred-thousand-year-old stone tools, Bronze Age swords and beautifully decorated Iron Age jewelry. Recent archaeological discoveries found locally will also be displayed for the first time.
Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL, Great Britain; 44.117.922.3571; www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery.
THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM features “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion” from May 27 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 October 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.