THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM presents “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” from June 16 through November 4. This is the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display Kahlo’s clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to paint a better picture of the artist’s life, and how her belongings reflected the identity she created. Kahlo empowered herself through her art and dress after suffering a near-fatal bus crash at the age of eighteen, which rendered her bed-bound and immobilized for protracted periods of time. Self-portraiture became the primary focus of her art and she began to paint using a mirror inset into the canopy of her four-poster bed. Included in the exhibition are twenty-two distinctive, colorful Tehuana garments; precolumbian necklaces that Kahlo strung herself; examples of intricately handpainted corsets and prosthetics, which will be displayed alongside film and photography of the artist as a visual narrative of her life.
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, England; 44.20.7942.2000; www.vam.ac.uk.
HEARD MUSEUM hosts “Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez” through August 5. Richard Chavez (San Felipe Pueblo) studied architecture at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and worked as an architectural draftsman at the firm of Harvey S. Houshour. Chavez taught himself jewelrymaking through diligence and trial and error.
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.252.8840; www.heard.org.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” through May 13. The exhibition features forty-five ensembles created from 2008 – 2015, the minimalistic installation also includes a selection of her shoe designs and runway show footage.
1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM presents “Fans of the Eighteenth Century” through April 28, 2019. Fans have served as accessories of fashion and utility since antiquity but reached their peak production and use in eighteenth-century Europe. Made from and embellished by precious materials such as ivory and mother of pearl, these fans also featured designs that reflected current events, biblical and mythological tales.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, California 94118; 415.750.3600; deyoung.famsf.org.
MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM features “Israel: 70 Years of Craft & Design” through September 3. The exhibition explores the art and innovation of the nation’s diverse people through a range of objects of daily use. Over one hundred examples are shown, including Yemenite jewelry, Bedouin textiles, contemporary garments, sustainable and industrial design, adornment incorporating ancient materials, furniture and ceramics.
1439 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101; 619.239.0003; www.mingei.org.
THE REVERE ACADEMY, SAN FRANCISCO, founded in 1979, closed December 2017. This jewelry school, in the heart of the city, was unique in the techniques and design courses taught by Alan Revere and other jewelers.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents "Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard" through July 22. The exhibit displays editorial work by artist Jim Howard, a well-respected member of Denver’s fashion community. More than 100 works on paper showcase Howard’s four-decade fashion illustration career, starting with his early advertising campaigns for Neiman Marcus in the late 1950s, and through the ‘70s and ‘80s when the fashion illustration industry was at its height. The exhibition offers a look at fashion trends set by ready-to-wear designers, high-end fashion retailers, and cosmetic companies.
100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204; 720.865.5000; www.denverartmuseum.org.
SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION AND FILM hosts “Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future” through September 30. Best known for his 1960s space-age style, Cardin pushed the boundaries of fashion by exploring new materials and silhouettes. The exhibition presents iconic looks for both women and men from the 1950s to present, borrowed mainly from the Pierre Cardin Museum in Paris, and includes several dresses from the SCAD Permanent Collection.
1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; 404.253.3132; www.scadfash.org.
THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM hosts “Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy” through May 27. This exhibition explores the Russian crafts tradition that culminated in the creativity of the workshop of Carl Fabergé. Over seventy objects are on display, including Imperial Easter Eggs purchased by the museum’s founder, Henry Walters.
600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201; 410.547.9000; www.thewalters.org.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents “Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry” through August 19. The practice of revival jewelry 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.
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; 617.267.9300; www.mfa.org.
MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART presents “Miao Clothing and Jewelry from China” through July 1. One of the largest ethnic minorities in China, most Miao live in the southern provinces of Guizhou, Hunan and Yunnan. Like many cultures throughout Asia, Miao peoples employ textiles, clothing and accessories to express their identity. For the Miao, elaborate festival costumes and silver adornments are the most important forms of visual art, and their embroidery and indigo-dyeing techniques are renowned. Clothing indicates the wearer’s age and marital status and marks important rites of passage. Traditional motifs record Miao history and beliefs, while decorative techniques, patterning, and stitches distinguish one group from another. This exhibition features nearly fifty examples from the museum’s collection. Also showing through June 10 is "Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson." This theatrical presentation combines pieces from the museum's collection, including Imperial Chinese dynastic robes, with sets made by theater and opera director Robert Wilson.
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404; 888.642.2787; new.artsmia.org.
THE NEWARK MUSEUM hosts “Dramatic Threads: Textiles of Asia” through February 2019. Featuring theatrical and political costumes as well as architectural and decorative textiles from diverse areas of Asia, the exhibition showcases virtuoso brocades and slit-tapestry to twill and plain weaves.
49 Washington St., Newark, New Jersey 07102-3176; 973.596.6550; www.newarkmuseum.org.
THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM presents “American Jewelry from New Mexico” from June 2 through October 14. The exhibit features approximately three hundred objects, documenting aspects of jewelry adornment from prehistory to the present. Focusing on the interactions between New Mexican artists and their neighbors, the relationship between creativity and connection is demonstrated in the wide range of work on display.
2000 Mountain Road Northwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104; 505.243.7255; www.albuquerquemuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE presents “Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking in the Southwest” through September 3. This exhibition features sandals that date back thousands of years found in the dry caves of New Mexico and nearby regions. The museum has amassed a significant collection of Plains and Southwest moccasins. The exhibition includes examples of contemporary high fashion footwear artists like Teri Greeves, Lisa Telford and Emil Her Many Horses, showing how traditional designs and techniques are now being used to create shoes in the twenty-first century.
710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505;
THE MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART hosts “Beadwork Adorns the World” through February 3, 2019. The exhibit explores how glass beads are migrants. Where they start out is seldom where they end up. From source to destination, the exhibition examines beads that travel to the African continent (Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa), Borneo, Burma, India, Native North America, and Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia to Ecuador).
706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505;
THE WHEELWRIGHT MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN hosts “Peshlakai Vision” from May 13 through October 7. Norbert Peshlakai is a fourth generation Navajo silversmith known for his miniature silver pots and jars shaped like pottery. The exhibition features over one hundred pieces, including jewelry, vessels and small sculptural works, some inlaid with precious materials and marked with Peshlakai’s signature stampwork. Throughout the exhibition, his stamping skills will be demonstrated through patterns and scenes rich in symbols.
704 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505; 505.982.4636; www.wheelwright.org.
THE COOPER HEWITT DESIGN MUSEUM hosts “Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection” through May 28. Featuring nearly one hundred fifty brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, the exhibition illuminates the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field. The exhibit is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, and William P. Short III.
2 East 91st St., New York, New York 10128; 212.849.8400; www.cooperhewitt.org.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART presents “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” through October 8. Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early twentieth century to the present will be shown in the Met’s Medieval and Byzantine galleries and at the Met Cloisters alongside religious artworks, to provide an interpretative context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism. The museum also features “Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer” through July 22. The exhibition displays twenty textiles and fifty lacquers spanning several hundred years.
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN hosts “La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border” through August 19. Jewelry artists from Mexico, the United States, Latin America, and Europe expose the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological contexts. The artists transform metal, fiber, wood, and other materials into representations of their experiences, their influences, their dreams, and their nightmares.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019; 212.299.7777; www.madmuseum.org.
MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK shows “Fashion Unraveled” from May 25 through November 17. The exhibition displays garments that are altered, unfinished, or deconstructed, in addition to clothing that shows signs of wear, to highlight the aberrant beauty in flawed objects. This exhibition includes a selection of objects from the museum’s permanent collection, featuring objects that are visually compelling and tell intriguing stories about their makers and/or wearers.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
LEEKAN DESIGNS has announced that after more than thirty years in business, they will be shuttering their storefront this year. A closing sale begins in May. Proprietors Paddy Kan and Anne Lee will maintain a limited set of merchandise on the second floor of the same address, open by appointment.
4 Rivington Street, New York, New York 10002; 212.226.7226; shopleekan.com.
THE MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN hosts “William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007–2016” through June 3. The exhibition features William Ivey Long’s work in theatrical costume design, including the productions—The Lost Colony, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. Focusing on Long’s process, it features sketches, swatches, mood boards, and other preparatory materials in addition to the costumes themselves.
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28207; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM features “For the Birds” through February 3, 2019. Birds have provided inspiration for fashion and the decorative arts for millennia. The pieces range from hats, jewelry, saris, and kimonos to glass pitchers, lace and tapestries, and are organized by type of birds including peacocks, ostriches, owls, ducks, cranes, and roosters. The museum also presents “Fringe Elements” through July 1, 2018. Fringe is one of the most basic forms of ornamentation on textiles since it is a natural finish for weaving.
515 Hilltop Dr., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM shows “CCNA: Interwoven Radiance” through June 24. Organized by Tlingit artist and weaver Lily Hope, this exhibition, in the museum’s Center for Contemporary Native Art, celebrates the artistic achievements and vitality of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers of the Northwest Coast—illuminating the philosophy and ways of life for women weavers. Placing on view for the first time a traceable lineage of female Chilkat weaver-teachers in the collection of the Portland Art Museum, the exhibition features Clarissa Rizal’s Resilience Robe, as well as Lily Hope’s Heritage Robe. The exhibition also includes a series of Ravenstail robes from Teri Rofkar of Sitka, Alaska, who was a scientist and historian, and a robe called Weavers Across the Waters, a community-woven robe including work by more than forty weavers from the Northwest Coast and into Canada.
1219 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205; 503.226.2811; www.portlandartmuseum.org.
MÜTTER MUSEUM hosts “Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hair Work” through September 16. A favored folk art of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, hair art was a sentimental expression of grief and love, usually created by women whose identities have become anonymous over time. Human hair (from both the living and deceased) was used to form flower bouquets, wreaths, braided jewelry chains, weeping willows, and painted scenes of mourning. Considered to be a form of portraiture, these were cherished tokens to preserve the memory of a deceased loved one, chart a vibrant family tree of the living, or to be traded as friendship keepsakes. From six private collections, the museum along with John Whitenight and Evan Michelson have assembled hair art and jewelry, as well as accompanying materials that evaluate and consider the social expectations of Victorian-era mourning rituals that ruled nineteenth-century society with strict standards.
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103; 215.560.8564; www.muttermuseum.org.
THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS presents “Nick Cave: Feat” through June 24. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. A deeper look reveals that they speak to issues surrounding identity and social justice, specifically race, gun violence and civic responsibility. His trademark human-shaped sculptures—called Soundsuits because of the noise made when they move—began as a response to the beating of Rodney King by policemen in Los Angeles more than twenty-five years ago. This exhibition’s title, “Feat,” refers to the hard work that goes into attaining success (for example, it takes roughly seven hours to hand-sew one square foot of a button soundsuit). It also plays on how talent is often listed in promotional materials—an appropriate nod to Music City and its creative community. Cave has been featured as the cover for Ornament Volume 31, No. 2.
919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37203; 615.244.3340; www.fristcenter.org.
THE METAL MUSEUM features "Master Metalsmith: Lisa Gralnick" from September 2 through January 13, 2019. This exhibition features jewelry and sculpture by Lisa Gralnick in addition to previous work from the series, Scene of the Crime, shown publicly for the first time and featuring oversized jewelry as sculptural installations.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART presents “African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style” through August 12. The exhibition includes sixty tailored fashions, one hundred archival and contemporary cloths, twenty black-and-white studio portrait photographs from the 1960s and 1970s, a series of runway videos, and seven works by contemporary visual artists. Organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the ensembles on view draw from the Fowler’s collections, private loans and the extensive archives of the Dutch textile manufacturing company Vlisco.
1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104; 901.544.6200; www.brooksmuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON hosts “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India” through August 19. The exhibition showcases nearly four centuries of artistic creation from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. Ceremonial objects, arms and armor, jewels and jewelry, carved furnishings, and more outline the history of the Marwar-Jodhpur region and the Rathore dynasty that ruled it for more than seven centuries.
1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005; 713.639.7300; www.mfah.org.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY hosts "UnCharted, UnBound, UnExpected" through May 22. The exhibition features the work of jewelry artists who take the road less traveled: Lynn Batchelder, Julia Barello, David Chatt, Molly Epstein, Julia Harrison, Nadine Kariya, Anya Kivarkis, Andy Lowrie, and Linda Savineau.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
STONINGTON GALLERY displays “Masters Of Disguise IV: Group Mask Exhibition” from June 7 – 30. This invitational exhibition features both emerging and established artists from the Northwest Coast, ranging from traditional work to the experimental.
125 South Jackson St., Seattle, Washington 98104; 206.405.4040; www.stoningtongallery.com.
THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY features “To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia” through July 29. The exhibition brings together about thirty of historical Central Asian ikat hangings and coats from the Freer and Sackler collections, donated by Guido Goldman, as well as seven of Oscar de la Renta’s iconic creations.
1050 Independence Ave S.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012; 202.633.1000; www.freersackler.si.edu.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presents “Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China” from February 24 through July 9. For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum’s collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization. The museum also features “Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat” through July 9. In the region that is now Uzbekistan, oasis towns were once full with the rainbow colors of ikat fabrics. Through artworks recently donated to the museum, this exhibition focuses on the sophisticated dyeing technique known in Uzbekistan as abrband (binding the clouds).
701 21st Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20052; 202.994.5200; www.museum.gwu.edu.
THE RACINE ART MUSEUM hosts “Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions” through June 24. The exhibition showcases artworks new to the museum since the donation of over two hundred polymer pieces in 2011. These recent gifts have introduced new artists to the collection and expanded upon existing bodies of work by incorporating different types of objects or broadening the scope of years represented. Referencing the significance of the groundwork laid in earlier years, the exhibit includes pieces that were part of the original gift that established the museum’s polymer collection, the largest of its kind.
441 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403; 262.638.8300; www.ramart.org.
THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM features “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015” through October 14. The exhibit explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present, celebrating a rich history of restraint and resplendence in menswear, and re-examines the association of fashion with femininity.
500 Harris St., Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia 2007; 61.02.9217.0111; maas.museum/powerhouse-museum.
THE BATA SHOE MUSEUM hosts through 2019 “Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection”. Over forty distinct cultural groups have thrived in the Arctic landscape for centuries. Their diverse footwear and clothing were created to meet environmental challenges and express cultural meanings. Drawing from the museum’s extensive circumpolar holdings and building upon information gathered during field research trips to each Arctic nation, this exhibition showcases a variety of footwear, garments and tools, highlighting the artistry and ingenuity of the makers, and revealing different cultural identities, crafting techniques and spiritual meanings.
327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada; 416.979.7799; www.batashoemuseum.ca.
MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS hosts “From Calder to Koons, Jewelry of Artists: The Ideal Collection of Diane Venet” through July 8. From Alexander Calder to Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Niki de Saint Phalle, a host of modern and contemporary artists have taken a close interest in jewelry. Drawing from Diane Venet’s collection of some two hundred thirty pieces, complemented by exceptional loans from galleries, collectors and the artists’ families, this exhibition chronologically and thematically illustrates the work of one hundred fifty French and foreign artists.
107, rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001, France; 188.8.131.5255.5750; www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en.
THE SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM presents "East Meets West — Jewelled Splendours of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection" through January 6, 2019. The entire collection was shown for the first time in 2017 at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. Before travelling to Pforzheim, parts of it were on display at Van Cleef & Arpels’ School of Jewelry Arts in Paris. Now the collection is being showcased for the first time in its entirety in Europe.
Jahnstraße 42, Pforzheim 75173, Germany; 49.7231.392126; www.schmuckmuseum.de/flash/SMP_en.html.
MUSEUM VOLKENKUNDE hosts “Jewellery: Made By, Worn By” through June 3. This massive exhibition displays almost one thousand items of jewelry by designers from all over the world. Four different materials, gold, silver, natural materials and glass, help organize the collection. From delicate gold pieces created in Asia and South America, items made from natural materials from Oceania, silver jewelry with special meanings from North America and the Middle East, to beadwork of Africa are featured in this exhibit.
Steenstraat 1, 2312 BS Leiden, Netherlands; 31.88.004.2800; www.volkenkunde.nl/en.
RIJKSMUSEUM VAN OUDHEDEN hosts “Fibulae” through June 3. The exhibition explores the clothing accessories that turn up most frequently in archaeological finds: brooches known as fibulae. These brooches were used to fasten items of clothing, especially cloaks. Nearly four hundred fibulae are on view, with three-quarters of these objects originating from the Netherlands, the rest from other parts of Europe. Men usually fastened their cloaks with a single brooch, generally at the shoulder. Women often used several fibulae to fasten dresses, skirts and cloaks. The brooches were forged or cast in large quantities. Most were bronze, but occasionally precious metals were used.
Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden, Netherlands; 31.71.516.3163; www.rmo.nl/english.
DOWSE ART MUSEUM presents “The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery” through June 24. Featuring over one hundred artists from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand, the exhibit examines how personal meaning develops from the often unusual materials and processes used in the field of contemporary jewelry.
45 Laings Rd., Lower Hutt 5010, New Zealand; 64.4.570.6500; www.dowse.org.nz.