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THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART presents “Jewelry: The Body Transformed,” opening November 12 through February 24, 2019. What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meanings does it convey? This exhibition traverses time and location to explore how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns. This global conversation about a universal artform brings together some two hundred thirty objects drawn almost exclusively from the museum’s collection. Headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings created between 2600 B.C. and the present day are shown along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs that enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells.
100 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10028; 212.535.6380; www.metmuseum.org.
HEARD MUSEUM presents “Sonwai: The Jewelry of Verma Nequatewa” through March 10, 2019. Verma Nequatewa (Hopi) began an apprenticeship with her uncle Charles Loloma around 1966. Nequatewa has signed her distinctive work with the Hopi feminine word for beauty, Sonwai, since 1989. It complements her uncle’s name, which was the masculine word with the same meaning. Nequatewa worked with Loloma for more than twenty years. Although her jewelry has been featured in the U.S. and internationally, this will be the first comprehensive exhibition of her work.
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.252.8840; www.heard.org.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts "Ultracontemporary" through March 24, 2019. Through the support of Arizona Costume Institute, the museum has recently had the opportunity to acquire a selection of current fashion designs that do not only represent excellence in design but are also reflections of the changing cultural ethos of our time. Featuring works by Gucci, Comme des Garçons, Yeohlee and Iris van Herpen among others in a multi-media installation, the exhibition reveals how fashion is responding to an increasingly diverse and fluid global society.
1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1880; www.phxart.org.
TUCSON BEAD SYMPOSIUM, sponsored by the Sonoran Glass School, Ornament Magazine and the Ethnographic Group will be held on February 6, 2019, 7 P.M. at the Sonoran Glass School. Presenters are: David Ebbinghouse on Egyptian amulets; Robert K. Liu and Floor Kaspers on beads inspired by nature; Rosanna Falabella on plastic imitations of organic material; and Margaret Zinzer Hunt on glass beads borrowed from nature.
LEGION OF HONOR, SAN FRANCISCO shows “East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from The Al Thani Collection” through February 24, 2019. India has been renowned for its gemstones and jeweled arts for centuries, and visitors can view more than one hundred fifty precious objects from the collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani. The exhibition features stunning pieces from the rule of the Mughals in the seventeenth century to those reflecting the influence of India on jewelers today. Themes of influence and exchange between India and the West are also explored, as well cross-cultural aspects of jewelry and gender.
Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121; 415.750.3600; legionofhonor.famsf.org.
THE BOWERS MUSEUM hosts “Knights in Shining Armor” through January 13, 2019. The exhibit displays ninety full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, shields, swords, and paintings on loan from the Museo Stibbert of Florence, Italy. These sets of armor date from the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the Romanticized Medieval revival of the 1800s.
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, California 92706; 714.567.3600; www.bowers.org.
THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM features “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” through January 6, 2019. The exhibition traverses different religious interpretations and cultures, including high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear, such as the burkini, and commissioned garments from emerging and established designers. Also showing is “Fans of the Eighteenth Century,” through April 28, 2019, which explores these accessories that reached their peak in eighteenth-century Europe.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco, California 94118; 415.750.3600; deyoung.famsf.org.
MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM is currently closed for renovations. Shop Mingei, the museum’s store, has moved to a new location in Liberty Station, near Point Loma, where a selection of both contemporary and ethnographic, ethically sourced decorative arts, books, clothing and jewelry are available for purchase.
Dick Laub NTC Command Center, Building 200, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego, California 92106; 619.239.0003; www.mingei.org.
THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents "Dior: From Paris to the World" through March 3, 2019. The exhibit surveys seventy years of the House of Dior’s legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than one hundred seventy-five couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the twenty-first century.
100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204; 720.865.5000; www.denverartmuseum.org.
SCAD FASH MUSEUM OF FASHION AND FILM hosts “Cinematic Couture” through March 3, 2019. This exhibition focuces on the art of costume design through the lens of film and popular culture. More than fifty costumes created by the London firm, Cosprop Ltd., provide an intimate look at garments and millinery that set the scene, give personality to characters and establish authenticity in period films.
1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; 404.253.3132; www.scadfash.org.
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO presents “Ornamental Traditions: Jewelry from Bukhara” through June 30, 2019. Located in present-day Uzbekistan, the Emirate of Bukhara (1785–1920) was an important center of Islamic religion and scholarship and a major oasis on the Silk Road of Central Asia from ancient times. This exhibition brings together nearly fifty jeweled objects—promised gifts from the private collection of Barbara Levy Kipper and her late husband, David—and rare ikat and embroidered textiles from the museum’s permanent collection.
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60603; 312.443.3600; www.artic.edu.
FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM hosts “Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment” through April 21, 2019. The exhibit brings together seventy-five examples of contemporary jewelry and costume that demonstrate the power of adornment to impact us physically, emotionally and intellectually. Showcasing wearable work in various media from regional and national artists, the exhibition will explore the outer limits of comfort through works that constrict body movement, irritate the skin or touch upon sensitive cultural nerves.
455 Oak St., Brockton, Massachusetts 02301;508.588.6000; www.fullercraft.org.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents "Boston Made Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork" through March 29, 2020. Beginning as a reaction against the dehumanizing effects of industrialization, the international Arts and Crafts movement spurred a renaissance of handcraftsmanship in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century. As part of this movement, the city quickly emerged as one of the most active and influential artistic jewelry-making and metalworking communities in the nation.
Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115; 617.267.9300; www.mfa.org.
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM presents “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City” through October 2, 2019. It is the first major international exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s grand imperial era—the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. Nearly two hundred works, including imperial portraits, jewelry, garments, Buddhist sculptures, and decorative art objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing (known as the Forbidden City), tell the little-known stories of how these women influenced art, religion, court politics, and international diplomacy.
East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, Massachusetts 01970; 978.745.9500; www.pem.org.
MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART presents "Emblems of a Prosperous Life: Women’s Robes of Late Imperial China (1700s – 1800s)" through June 30, 2019. In the 1700s and 1800s, aristocratic Chinese women wore sumptuous clothing in and out of court. At court, women’s attire was highly standardized; outside court, they had greater flexibility to choose styles and designs that matched their personal taste. Robes arranged with medallion designs were considered the most formal. Robes with overall scattered schemes were less formal, and robes with only decorative borders and plain grounds were the least formal. Floral imagery, already popular for hundreds of years, became increasingly realistic at this time. Many of these garments exemplify a fashion trend of the 1800s: cuffs and hems embellished with embroidered bands, which in turn were often edged with strips of brocaded ribbon.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.
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 MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE presents "Maria Samora: Master of Elegance" through February 28, 2019. Samora began apprenticing with goldsmith and master gem cutter Phil Poirer in 1998 and went on to work with him for 15 years. Since striking out on her own in 2005, her jewelry has become known for the simplicity of its design, textured metals, and combinations of both gold and silver. Stones include traditional turquoise and unexpected choices such as diamonds, guava moonstone, and African opal.
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;
SANTA FE SYMPOSIUM registration opens for the 2019 conference for jewelrymakers; the 33rd annual event takes place from May 19–22, 2019. The jewelry industry benefits from the wide-ranging presentations on innovation, research and expertise and from the daily interaction and networking among professional colleagues.
505.839.3249, 800.952.6222; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.santafesymposium.org.
KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART hosts the exhibition “Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century” through January 27, 2019. The museum presents provocative work from internationally renowned artists which expands the boundaries, and our understanding, of personal adornment.
134 Jay Street, Route 22, Katonah, New York 10536; 914.232.9555; www.katonahmuseum.org.
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM presents “Iridescence” through March 24, 2019. The term iridescence derives from Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, and refers to a vibrant optical effect of rainbow-like colors that change in the light. Found on pearls and insect wings, iridescence draws from and celebrates the natural world’s multidimensional colors and organic forms. Since the Middle Ages, designers have experimented with ways to achieve an iridescent effect on the surface of glass and ceramics and incorporated naturally iridescent materials such as mother of pearl into their jewelry and metalwork. This exhibition demonstrates how iridescence has maintained a lasting impact on design.
2 E. 91st St., New York, New York 10128; 212.849.8351; www.cooperhewitt.org.
MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK shows “Expressions of Civility” through January 26, 2019. This exhibition is the annual Fashion Institute of Technolgy faculty/staff presentation. This year, for the first time ever, the faculty/staff show will include student work. The theme was chosen in order to support and expand upon President Dr. Joyce F. Brown’s campus-wide initiative on civility, which culminated in October with Civility Week.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
THE NEUE GALERIE NEW YORK hosts “Focus: Wiener Werksätte Jewelry” through January 21, 2019. This brings together a selection of miniature jeweled masterworks by the leading artists of the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops), including the firm’s co-founders Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. It also includes examples by Carl Otto Czeschka, Maria Likarz-Strauss, Dagobert Peche, and Max Snischek. These wearable works of art were among the most coveted designs produced by the Wiener Werkstätte and many were made only once.
1048 Fifth Ave., New York, New York 10028;
LEEKAN DESIGNS has announced that after more than thirty years in business, they will be shuttering their storefront this year. A closing sale will be announced before the end of the year. 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 RANDOLPH hosts "African-Print Fashion Now! A Story Of Taste, Globalization, and Style" through April 28, 2019. The exhibition introduces visitors to the Indonesian and Indian roots of these distinctive cloths and to the Dutch and other European printed versions of wax resist Indonesian batiks, which appealed to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African consumers. This type of printed cloth became central to many “popular” fashion systems in West and Central Africa in spite of its foreign history. The exhibition narrative follows this story to the present, revealing the cloth’s later association with emerging African national identities, its popular use in tailored ensembles, and its continuing appeal to today’s fashion conscious African women—as well as to internationally renowned African fashion designers.
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 PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART shows “Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now” through March 3, 2019. Over seven decades of style is on display in this major exhibition. The haute couture and ready-to-wear garments and accessories range in date from 1947—the year of the introduction of Christian Dior’s revolutionary “New Look”—to recent ensembles by designer Bernhard Willhelm. Featuring some of the most significant and visually compelling works from the museum’s collection of costumes and textiles, the exhibition presents many new acquisitions and other outstanding works.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130; 215.763.8100; www.philamuseum.org.
THE METAL MUSEUM features "Master Metalsmith: Lisa Gralnick" from September 30 through January 13, 2019. The exhibition showcases several bodies of jewelry from the artist. Also included will be sculpture and jewelry from Gralnick’s most well known series, The Gold Standard, as well as a new installation series called Scene of the Crime. She has been featured in Ornament, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2010.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road” through December 9. Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibit showcases fine examples of garments and ornamental hangings. The work on view derives from India, Central Asia, China, and Japan, with some objects featuring colored ink paintings on textile backgrounds. The garments range from a Japanese fireman’s coat to an Indian sari and a Chinese dragon robe.
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, Texas 75201; 214.922.1200; www.dma.org.
FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY, the iconic gallery Karen Lorene opened in the ground floor of the City Centre building in 1992, will move at the first of the New Year to the studios of Green Lake Jewelry Works. For forty-six years the gallery has been curating heirlooms and modern jewelry art for collectors and last-minute shoppers alike.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM presents “Peacock In The Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India” through January 21, 2019. The exhibit explores the artwork of the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. Some two hundred fifty paintings, decorative arts, tents, canopies, carpets and other textiles, jewelry, and weapons will be presented beside large-scale photomurals which evoke the setting of the Mehrangarh Museum in Jodhpur. The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with Mehrangarh Museum Trust.
1300 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101; 206.654.3100; www.seattleartmuseum.org.
ORNAMENT MAGAZINE awarded its Excellence in Jewelry Award at the 2018 Smithsonian Craft Show to Biba Schutz. A metalsmith who works in abstract, deconstructed forms, Schutz completed a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass in 2014, which has led to a careful incorporation of glass into her work. Ornament featured Schutz in Vol. 30, No. 3, 2007.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART displays “Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women” beginning October 24. In the cities of the West African nation of Senegal, stylish women have often used jewelry as part of an overall strategy of exhibiting their elegance and prestige. Rooted in the Wolof concept of sañse (dressing up, looking and feeling good), the exhibition examines the production, display and circulation of gold in Senegal as it celebrates a significant gift of gold jewelry to the museum’s collection.
950 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560; 202.633.4600; africa.si.edu.
THE RACINE ART MUSEUM features “Honoring Karen Johnson Boyd: Art Jewelry/Sculpture to Wear” through February 3, 2019. Karen Johnson Boyd, who demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the arts, had an extensive collection of studio art jewelry. Boyd’s admiration encompassed artists who used both precious and nonprecious materials such as found objects, wood, shell, titanium, and crystals.
441 Main Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53403; 262.638.8300; www.ramart.org.
ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA presents “Culture Juice: Beyond Bling!” through January 14, 2019. Centered on three hundred varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, the exhibition unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show considers what jewelry is and can be in all its permutations.
Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, Western Australia 6000; 61.8.9427.3365; www.artgallery.wa.gov.au.
WELTMUSEUM WIEN shows “Veiled, Unveiled! The Headscarf” through February 26, 2019. The headscarf is used by devout women in many religious communities to cover their head, face and sometimes their entire body. The religious duty of women to cover their head has been part of European culture for centuries, beginning with early Christianity and has remained a vibrant issue to this day.
Heldenplatz, Vienna 1010, Austria; 43.1.534.30.5052; www.weltmuseumwien.at/en.
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.
CALAIS LACE MUSEUM presents “Haute Dentelle: Designer Lace” through January 6, 2019. The exhibition examines the contemporary uses by fashion designers of lace woven on Leavers looms. Mechanical laces have been in use for two hundred years, and have had a long history of use by fashion houses. Clothing from thirteen fashion designers is presented.
135 Quai du Commerce, Calais 62100, France;
CELTIC ROMAN MUSEUM MANCHING hosts “The Imagery of the Celts” through January 27, 2019. In the first century B.C., the Celts inhabited large parts of Central Europe, but did not produce any written records. However, Celtic culture can be interpreted through its everyday objects, which are often enhanced by ornate decoration. Starting from the abstract art of the late Hallstatt period, originating in the fifth century B.C. and influenced by the Mediterranean and the Middle East, an independent Celtic art style evolved. Humans and animals are represented as fantastic mixed beings. Floral motifs decorated jewelry, costume and everyday objects, along with figural and coin ornamentation.
Im Erlet 2, Manching 85077, Germany; 49.8459.32373.0; museum-manching.de.
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.
THE VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM features “Fashioned from Nature” through January 27, 2019. The first exhibition in the United Kingdom to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day, it presents fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, England; 44.20.7942.2000; www.vam.ac.uk.
RIJKSMUSEUM VAN OUDHEDEN presents “Chintz: Global Textile” through July 21, 2019. The Rijksmuseum is exhibiting thirty objects that trace the development of chintz, showing how it impacted on fashion in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Rapenburg 28, 2311 EW Leiden, Netherlands; 31.71.516.3163; www.rmo.nl/en.