ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
THE ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM presents “American Jewelry from New Mexico” from June 2 through October 14, 2018. The exhibit features approximately three hundred objects, documenting aspects of jewelry adornment from prehistory to the present. Some of the earliest adornments, dating to approximately 450 B.C. were made with materials, particularly shell, which were imported into the region from the Pacific coast, hundreds of miles away. 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.
PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” from February 24 through May 13, 2018. 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” beginning March 31, 2018. 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.
THE CRAFT IN AMERICA STUDY CENTER features “The Circuitry of Joyce J. Scott: A Group Exhibition of Collaboration and Innovation” from February 24 through April 14, 2018. Joyce Scott is an acclaimed artist working in a multitude of media who has had a profound influence on various communities of artists through her beaded sculpture, art jewelry, and more. Scott shapes her work through connections formed bead by bead, piece by piece, thread by thread. Circuitry, for Scott and this exhibition, is approached in four ways: the physical construction of her pieces; a connection to the past; a hardwiring to the national and global present; and finally, Scott’s network of artists and friends. This exhibition features a dialogue of works by artists including Sonya Clark, Oletha DeVane, William Rhodes, Joyce Scott, and Teresa Sullivan.
8415 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, California 90048;
MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM hosts “Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal” through March 25, 2018. Kantha is a term used across the Indian sub-continent to denote decorative stitched quilting. In Gujarat, hangings patterned with concentric circles or squares in running stitch are known as kanthas, while in Bengal, kanthas are stitched for a variety of purposes, such as winter quilts, covers and wraps for books and valuables or as mats for ceremonial purposes.
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" from March 25 through July 22, 2018. 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 presents “Guo Pei: Couture Beyond” through March 4, 2018. The exhibition explores the work of fashion designer Guo Pei, the first Chinese national designer invited to join the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. This exhibit presents more than thirty of her gowns from the past decade, alongside a selection of her prêt-à-porter dresses and jackets.
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, 2018. 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, 2018. 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.
THE SOCIETY OF ARTS + CRAFTS hosts CraftBoston Spring from April 20–22, 2018. The show is a selective display of ninety artists presented in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. A benefit party is held April 19 from 6 to 9 P.M.
GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN presents “Then and Now: Fashion Show @ 50” through April 29, 2018. This exhibit is held in concert with the University of Minnesota Fashion Show, and includes work by Apparel Design program Alumni, as well from the senior class. Twenty seven designers display their work. This marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Fashion Show.
364 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55108; 612.624.7434; goldstein.design.umn.edu.
THE MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE presents “Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking in the Southwest” through September 3, 2018. 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” from April 22 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 presents “Beads: A Universe of Meaning” through April 15, 2018. The exhibition traces the history of imported glass beads as a medium of exchange, artistic expression and identity for indigenous peoples throughout North America. It features garments, articles of adornment and works of art dating from circa 1850 to the present. Both contemporary and historical works are on display.
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, 2018. 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” from May 10 through October 8, 2018. 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, 2018. 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” from March 1 through August 19, 2018. 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 presents “The Body: Fashion and Physique” through May 5, 2018. Fashion is inextricably linked to the physical form of the wearer. However, the idealized fashionable body is a cultural construct. The exhibit elucidates the impact the fashion industry has had on how people have viewed and treated their bodies throughout history. It will also consider how fashion has contributed to the marginalization of certain body types within our culture.
Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, New York 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum.
RECENT AWARDS. CHUNGHIE LEE received the Ornament Award for Excellence in Wearable Art, while jewelry artist Namu Cho was honored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show’s Award for Best of Show this past November. Chunghie Lee has revived the traditional Korean folk craft of bojagi as a contemporary artform, while paying homage to the anonymous women who created beautiful objects. Namu Cho continues his mastery of technique, producing stylized and artful sculptures to wear. Lee was recently the cover feature for Ornament Volume 38, No. 5. Cho has been featured as the cover for Ornament Volume 37, No. 2.
THE MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN hosts “William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007–2016” through June 3, 2018. 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 Rd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28207; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org.
THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM features “For the Birds” from April 13 through February 3, 2019. Birds have provided inspiration for fashion and the decorative arts for millennia. Certain birds have meaning in various cultures and their use has had important symbolic value. Feathers have been incorporated into fashion particularly hats, fans and evening dresses. Images of birds have served as motifs on garments fromChina and India to Europe and the Americas. The pieces range from hats, jewelry, saris, and kimonos to glass pitchers, lace and tapestries. The exhibit is organized by type of birds and includes 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 Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242; 330.672.3450; www.kent.edu/museum.
THE FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS presents “Nick Cave: Feat” through June 24, 2018. 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 “Alchemy4” through April 29, 2018. Sponsored by The Enamelist Society, the exhibition presents the work of ninety-eight artists chosen for the 16th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition, located in the Gasparrini galleries, and the 12th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition, located in the Keeler galleries. The objects in the exhibition are divided into three categories: jewelry, objects and wall sculpture. The exhibition features some of the most prominent enamelists working today and highlights enameling techniques and innovations within the field, while also featuring work by students from accredited degree programs throughout the world.
374 Metal Museum Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38106; 901.774.6380; www.metalmuseum.org.
THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON hosts “Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India” from March 4 through August 19, 2018. 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 "Janis Kerman: Featured Artist Exhibtion" from March 22 – April 12, 2018. A practicing jeweler for over forty-five years, Janis Kerman is a master of space, texture, and color. Janis designs and fabricates in her coach house turned studio in Québec. Drawings and sketches are central to her creative practice.
1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101; 206.624.6768; www.facerejewelryart.com.
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY presents “Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China” from February 24 through July 9, 2018. 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” from March 10 through July 9, 2018. 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, 2018. 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 RUTH DAVIS DESIGN GALLERY hosts “Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egúngún Arts of the Yorùbá in Africa and Beyond” through April 8, 2018. The exhibition was researched, organized and curated by students in the Fall 2017 Art History Curatorial Studies-Exhibition Practice class taught by Dr. Henry Drewal. The project was developed in collaboration with the Ruth Davis Design Gallery in the School of Human Ecology. Egúngún masquerades are collaborative family and community creations. Such masquerade pageantry celebrates the spirits of ancestral hunters and warriors, legendary heroes and heroines, founding fathers and mothers, and a pantheon of deified ancestors (òrìsà)—all of whom influence and guide the living.
University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1300 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706; 608.262.8815; designgallery.wisc.edu.
THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM features “Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion” through April 22, 2018. The exhibit presents more than fifty wedding outfits plus accessories covering nearly two hundred years of Australian weddings. The exhibition includes Australia’s first surviving wedding dress from 1822, gold rush fashions, elegant 1920s gowns, unconventional sixties styles, and spectacular contemporary designer fashion, as well as garments reflecting Australia’s culturally diverse communities.
500 Harris St., Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia 2007; 61.02.9217.0111; maas.museum/powerhouse-museum.
THE MODEMUSEUM ANTWERP presents “Olivier Theyskens: She Walks in Beauty” through March 18, 2018. The exhibit explores Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens’s creative evolution of twenty years in the fashion business, his craftsmanship and the changing atmospheres of his work through a multitude of silhouettes imbued with the couture spirit.
Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770; www.momu.be/en.html.
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” from March 7 through July 8, 2018. 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; 18.104.22.16855.5750; www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en.
THE SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM presents “Pretty on Pink: Éminences Grises in Jewellery” extended through April 2, 2018. Like no other color, gray represents the modern era, whose most characteristic materials, i.e. concrete and steel, are also gray. Contemporary jewelry artists, like Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Katja Prins and Ruudt Peters, have turned their attention to this color spectrum, which is in stark contrast to the color pink. This radically different hue will be used to highlight the gray jewelry.
Jahnstraße 42, Pforzheim 75173, Germany; 49.7231.392126; www.schmuckmuseum.de/flash/SMP_en.html.
THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM features “Fashioned from Nature” from April 21 through January 27, 2019. This exhibition will present 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 Rd., London SW7 2RL, England;
THE RIJKSMUSEUM hosts “Lace” through July 22, 2018. The museum has the largest lace collection in the Netherlands. It comprises around thirty-five hundred pieces dating from the late sixteenth to the early twentieth century. An important part of the collection consists of pieces belonging to Queen Wilhelmina.
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam 1071 XX, Netherlands; 22.214.171.12447.000; www.rijksmuseum.nl/en.