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Museums and Galleries 37.5

A BASE OF A WATERPIPE, two huqqa mouthpieces.




THE HEARD MUSEUM presents the 57th Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market from March 7 – 8, 2015. Held at the museum itself, the show gathers together more than six hundred of the best Native American artists, from painting to jewelry and sculpture. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Art of Basketry.” The Best of Show Reception and Dinner occurs on Friday, March 6, from 5:30 – 8 PM.


THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts “Fashioned in America” through March 15, 2015. This exhibit examines how economics, ecology and labor ethics are driving a revival of fashion designs made in the United States. Featuring more than forty ensembles, the installation highlights work by contemporary designers such as Ralph Rucci, Anna Sui, Nanette Lepore, and J. Mendel, drawn from the museum’s extensive fashion design archive, design houses and private collections. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.257.1880;




THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS MARKET hosts its biannual show from June 5 – 7, 2015, at the Pasadena Convention Center. More than two hundred craftspeople present their work in a variety of media. This is an opportunity to see some of the West Coast masters, as well as view a wide range of affordable art objects at one of the largest craft shows in Southern California.


THE LEGION OF HONOR displays “High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection” from March 14, 2015 through July 19, 2015. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than sixty costumes, thirty costume accessories and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection. It focuses on key points of twentieth-century fashion design, in particular rare pieces from French couture houses, and work by seminal American designers from the 1930s and 1940s. It is curated by Jan Glier Reeder, consulting curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and organized by the Met. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121; 415.750.3600;


THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING features its “23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition” from February 10, 2015 through April 25, 2015. Costumes from selected films of 2014 will be displayed in this annual exhibition of cinematic costume design. Highlighted in the exhibition will be the previous year’s Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, The Great Gatsby, designed by Catherine Martin. 919 South Grand Ave., Suite 250, Los Angeles, CA 90015; 213.623.5821;


THE SAUSALITO ART FESTIVAL holds its sixty-third annual show from September 5 – 7, 2015. Two hundred and sixty-five artists are present at this event, with a focus on two-dimensional media. There are also artisans in ceramics, clothing, jewelry, glass, and sculpture.


TABOO STUDIO presents “Together Again”, a jewelry exhibition showing from February 13, 2015 through March 27, 2015. Each of the six artists exhibiting studied under Arline Fisch at San Diego State University. This metalsmiths reunion features the work of Steven Brixner, Joanna Rhoades, Jane Groover, Randy Long, Christina Smith, and Brigid O’Hanrahan. The opening night preview on February 13 is from 6 – 8 PM. 1615½ W. Lewis St., San Diego, CA 92103; 619.692.0099;


VELVET DA VINCI hosts “Jane Dodd: Rococo Revolution” through February 28, 2015. Inspired by a recent tour of European museums, palaces and treasure houses, the exhibit demonstrates Dodd’s simultaneous seduction and revulsion to luxury. Referencing an interpretation of the late Baroque aesthetic, the artist’s carved bone and wood pieces take the form of wearable objects, each representing symbolic elements drawn from the natural world. 2015 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109; 415.441.0109;



THE DENVER ART MUSEUM presents “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century” through March 15, 2015. Organized by the museum and curated by Margaret Young-Sánchez, Frederick and Jan Mayer, the exhibition will feature an assortment of jewelry, timepieces and precious objects produced between 1900 and 1975. Also showing at the museum is “Glitterati: Portraits & Jewelry from Colonial Latin America”, open through November 27, 2016. This exhibit pairs portraits and jewelry from the museum’s Spanish Colonial collection, as well as furniture, to paint a picture of embellishment in Latin America from 1521 – 1850. 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver, CO 80204; 720.865.5000;



GALLERY FIVE has new arrivals for the winter season. McKenna Hallett’s wire-wrapped jewelry uses copper and aluminum. Lisa and Scott Cylinder feature their Chickenscratch jewelry line, abstracted figurative designs harkening back to folk jewelry with a cartoonish edge. Traci Paden is also featured with her handpainted silk jackets and tunics. 140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555;


THE PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT SHOW returns in 2015 to the Palm Beach County Convention Center, from February 27 through March 1. The show features one hundred twenty-five craft artists in all the traditional media categories, including many well-known faces from the craft circuit. The event will be accompanied by fashion shows, as well as a sculpture garden at the entrance.




THE RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS MUSEUM presents “Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry” beginning February 14, 2015. The exhibition features more than two hundred fifty works of art jewelry between the Victorian Era and the First World War, including cloak clasps, hair ornaments, pins, brooches, rings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and several tiaras. This exhibition examines the international proliferation of art jewelry through the lens of woman as its maker and muse. 40 East Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611; 312.482.8933;



MOBILIA GALLERY features several “Spotlight Exhibitions” on various jewelrymakers. The work of Lynne Sausele will be on display from February 14 through March 7, 2015. Sausele creates tightly woven beaded jewelry and constructions. Starting March 3 and ending April 4, master enamelist and metalsmith Barbara Seidenath and ceramicist Karen Thuesen Massaro will have their work exhibited. Massaro’s hand-fabricated beads, jewelry and sculpture are being presented in tandem with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ conference from March 25 – 28. 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617.876.2109;


THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON hosts “Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen” through March 8, 2015. The exhibit presents designer gowns and jewelry from the 1930s and 1940s. It focuses on the iconic style of famous stars of the period, including Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Joan Crawford. Hollywood style in this era was a blend of on- and off-screen fashion and accessories, including costumes created for the screen by famous designers such as Adrian, Travis Banton and Chanel, and jewelry from makers of the era like Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin and Paul Flato. Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115; 617.267.9300;




THE CRANBROOK ART MUSEUM presents “The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia” beginning March 14, 2015 and ending October 11, 2015. Former Cranbrook Academy of Art student and metalsmithing instructor Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) has received international acclaim for his metal furniture and sculpture, but his exploration of the medium originated in jewelry design. Out of the hundreds of jewelry works attributed to Bertoia, the majority was produced during his years at Cranbrook, offering an early glimpse of a creative vision that would crystallize as his career matured. The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia examines the artist’s experimentations with form, dimension, and fabrication on a concentrated and bankable scale—establishing Bertoia as a pioneer of the American Studio Jewelry movement. Also showing at the museum is the exhibit “Nick Cave: Here Hear”, showing from June 20, 2015 through October 11, 2015. African-American artist Nick Cave is famed for his embellished costumes titled Soundsuits staged in public spectacle. The artist conceives some as fragile sculptural totems, and others as wearable costumes designed for sound, mobility, and dance. 39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303; 248.645.3320;



THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS will close its two-year exhibition, “Gown of Cloud & Rainbow: Miao Costumes & Jewelry from China” on February 22, 2015. In China, a beautiful piece of clothing has often been called a “gown of cloud and rainbow,” and this phrase well describes the costumes and jewelry of the Miao people of China, mostly from the Guizhou/Yunnan plateau. Miao artists are famous for their embroidery skills and indigo dyeing techniques. With a collection of some twelve hundred Miao textiles and four hundred fifty pieces of jewelry, the museum now presents a choice selection of these Asian adornments. 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404; 888.642.2787;



THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM presents “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” through February 15, 2015. More than one hundred sixty historical and contemporary heels are on loan from designers, the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Bata Shoe Museum. Presented alongside the objects in the exhibition are six specially commissioned short films inspired by high heels. 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY 11238; 718.638.5000;


THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART presents “Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection” through January 25, 2015. Sponsored by Cartier, the exhibition features the progression of Indian royal jewelry from the Mughal period through the early twentieth century. Derived from the personal collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani, sixty luxury objects, including vessels, ceremonial weapons and jewelry are displayed. As European influence and political connections increased on the subcontinent, Indian royalty began commissioning highly embellished gemstone jewelry from European jewelry design firms, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chaumet, Lacloche Freres, Mauboussin, and Mellerio. This exhibition is a potent concentration of bejeweled items which adorned Maharajas and Maharanis, princes and other royalty. 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028; 212.535.7710;


THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY hosts “Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits” through April 25, 2015. Authenticity and copyright protection against knock offs are two of the most debated topics in fashion today. This exhibit investigates the history of both authorized and unauthorized copying, as well as the various factors that have led to gray areas in authenticity. The exhibition opens with two identical suits from 1966—an original by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and a licensed copy—alongside a video featuring side-by-side comparisons of the suits. Exploring the confluence of notoriety and demand, and the issue of proprietary ideas, “Faking It” tackles one of the fundamental issues of fashion. Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558; 


THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN illustrates the narrative orchestrated by African-American bead artist Joyce Scott in “Maryland to Murano: Neckpieces and Sculptures by Joyce J. Scott.” Showing through March 22, 2015, the exhibit features the personal presentation of society’s many poignant issues embedded in Scott’s work, such as poverty, rape, love, sex, racial stereotypes, social disturbances, as well as tales from American and African history. 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777; 


THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN in New York presents “Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family” through January 10, 2016. The exhibition explores the work of a Navajo family living in Gallup, New Mexico. The Yazzies are second generation silversmiths, with nine out of the thirteen siblings involved in jewelrymaking. An introduction to the exhibit thoroughly explains the traditional Navajo motifs, as well as providing the background of the Yazzie family and Gallup. This, including a presentation on the types of turquoise, gives context and setting to the exhibit’s stunning jewelry. Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004; 212.514.3700;



THE MINT MUSEUM hosts at its Uptown location “Halston And Warhol: Silver And Suede”, from March 7, 2015 through June 14, 2015. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in collaboration with Lesley Frowick (the niece of Halston), Silver and Suede integrates approximately forty of Halston’s creations, including the iconic pillbox hat designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and his signature Ultrasuede shirtdress, with a broad selection of paintings, photographs, and videos by Warhol. It also features a variety of archival material and ephemera that further link the two men both creatively and socially and explore their shared influences and interests. 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202; 704.337.2000;


THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM displays two exhibitions focused on wearable art. “American Jewelry Design Council: Variations On A Theme: 25 Years Of Design” shows through April 26, 2015. The AJDC’s annual design project began in 1996, and each year a design theme is chosen for which members create one-of-kind pieces. Also at the museum is “The Great War: Women And Fashion In A World At War” showing through July 5, 2015. This exhibition explores how the roles for women changed during and in the immediate aftermath of World War I through a careful look at how they dressed. East Main Street and South Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450;



THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM features “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945” from February 7, 2015 to May 3, 2015. The story is explored through the key individuals and organizations that have contributed to Italy’s reputation for quality and style. The exhibition will include both women’s fashion and menswear, highlighting the techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become known. 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205; 503.226.2811;


THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART presents “Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly” as a corollary exhibition to the museum’s Patrick Kelly exhibit. Showing through November 30, the exhibit follows the fashion of Gerlan Marcel. Launched in 2009 by the New York–based designer and graphic artist (born 1976), Gerlan Jeans reinterprets Kelly’s signature bows, buttons and other bold embellishments to create clothes for men and women “who have a sense of fearlessness in the way they dress.” Similar to Kelly’s fashions, which were inspired by the designer’s Mississippi childhood, Gerlan Jeans reflects Marcel’s midwestern upbringing, in particular her teenage experiences with American mall culture and admiration for 1980s and 1990s jeans brands such as Esprit and Benetton. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130; 215.763.8100;



THE EL PASO ART MUSEUM hosts “Body Art: Contemporary El Paso Jewelry” through March 29, 2015. The exhibit celebrates contemporaneous local expressions of the jeweler’s art, a form with an exciting history and present in El Paso. The principal center of jewelry production and training in the area has been and remains the University of Texas at El Paso, whose Metals Program was directed for many years by Wiltz Harrison and since then by Rachelle Thiewes. The exhibition will include several pieces by Thiewes, along with selections from approximately ten other area jewelers, many of whom studied with Thiewes years prior or as recent UTEP graduates. One Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901; 915.532.1707;


FACÈRÉ JEWELRY ART GALLERY holds its winter show, entitled “The Outer Limits” from February 4 – 24, 2015, with an opening reception at 4 PM. Eleven artists have been asked to push art, design and fashion that is orbital, extreme and ignores boundaries. They include Jana Brevick, David Choi, Rebecca Hannon, Arthur Hash, Shayna Illingworth, Tia Kramer, Emiko Oye, Rachelle Thiewes, and Myung Urso. 1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 108, Seattle, WA 98101; 206.624.6768;

THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM hosts “Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection” from February 12, 2015 through May 17, 2015. Shaped by the Dikers’ passion for American Indian art and culture, coupled with an aesthetic sensibility honed by their long engagement with modern and contemporary art, this collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Native American art in private hands. Around one hundred ten cultural objects, wearables, sculpture, paintings, and functional craft from Indian tribes across North America will be included. 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101; 206.654.3100;



THE RACINE ART MUSEUM hosts “Charlotte Kruk: Consumer Couture – The Politics of Having” through July 26, 2015. This exhibition featuring the work of Charotte Kruk displays the artist’s wit in visual form. By using discarded packaging materials as the foundation for her provocative fashion, Kruk makes a statement about how our consumerist society relentlessly throws away matter into the trash only to regurgitate it back out to be bought and purchased all over again. With both humor and a serious intent, she has created a series of vignettes for the museum’s Windows on 5th Gallery that explore the dynamics of a “disposable, packaged society.” Also showing at the RAM through February 1, 2015 is “(in)Organic”, where artists investigate the biological through artificial materials, such as polymer, acrylic yarn or organic-based media, like fibrous handmade paper, pencils, or ceramic. 441 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262.638.8300;


THE NATIONAL BARDO MUSEUM OF PREHISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY, in Algiers, presents “The Powers Of African Beads” showing through March 29, 2015. This exhibition aims at changing the visitors’ view on beads, from pretty objects, to an intrinsic part of the African culture. It documents different functions of beads in various, mainly West African, rituals: beads as part of healing or health protection rituals; the importance of beads for the Dogon Binou cult, and for the Vodou rite. It is accompanied by a catalog, in French and in Arabic. 3 Ave. Franklin Roosevelt, Sidi M’Hamed, Algiers 16100, Algeria;;


THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM hosts “A Fine Possession: Jewellery & Identity” through September 20, 2015. Jewelry has been made and worn for personal, social and cultural reasons through millennia. Styles, materials and practices have varied across time and place, yet the desire to adorn ourselves has been universal. This exhibition celebrates the central place of jewelry in human life, from antiquity to the present-day, through a selection of jewelry made, worn and collected in Australia. The exhibit is divided into a number of sections to focus on different motifs, time periods, and themes in jewelry. These include Belief & Magic, Love & Death, Nature, Classical Inspirations, Gold & Australia, Status & Wealth, Men & Adornment, Modern & Chic, Contemporary Expressions, and Our Stories. 500 Harris St., Ultimo, Sydney, New South Wales 1238, Australia; 02.9217.0444;



MODEMUSEUM PROVINCE OF ANTWERP hosts “Dries Van Noten: Inspirations” from February 13, 2015 to July 19, 2015. For the first time in his career designer Dries Van Noten reveals his oeuvre in an exhibition. Instead of a classic retrospective, the exhibition is a glance into the designer’s creative world. Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770;


THE MUSEUM OF BRESSE-DOMAIN PLANONS features an exhibition examining the history of enamels in Bresse. Titled “Enamels of Bresse. Jewels of Everyday Life”, the show ends November 15, 2015. Bressan enamel is a decorative art that was very popular in the nineteenth century, and reached its peak with the international exhibitions of the time. During the twentieth century it underwent a progressive decline, and now there is only a single designer-jeweler based in Bourg-en-Bresse. 987 Chemin des Seiglières, Saint-Cyr-sur-Menthon 01380, France;



THE SCHMUCKMUSEUM PFORZHEIM presents “With Their Heads Held High: Headgear from all over the World” through February 22, 2015. The exhibition will be showcasing a wide variety of headgear ranging from diadems and crowns, bonnets, hoods and hats to burial wreaths and turbans, including their multifaceted variants in terms of shapes and colors. The exhibits will cover the gamut from specimens worn at court in the occidental world to folkloristic and ethnographic examples. Pforzheim’s Art Association will be staging a concomitant show on the same theme. Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim d-75173, Germany; 49.0.7231.39.21.26;



THE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN BRITAIN presents “Hatched, Matched, Dispatched – & Patched!” from March 14, 2015 through November 1, 2015. This exhibition brings together objects that commemorate family milestones. As well as featuring historic quilts from major collections, the exhibition will also showcase costumes. Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD, United Kingdom; 0.1225.460503; www.


THE DESIGN MUSEUM hosts “Women Fashion Power: Not A Multiple Choice” through April 26, 2015. The exhibit takes a look at how princesses, models, CEOs, dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world. The exhibition is co-curated by fashion expert and commentator Colin McDowell and Donna Loveday, Head of Curatorial at the Design Museum. 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD;;


THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM presents “Wedding Dresses 1775–2014” through March 15, 2015. This exhibition highlights exceptional craftsmanship and brings together couture and designer-made wedding garments from key fashion designers including Charles James, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. Cromwell Rd., London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom; 44.20.7942.2000;



THE WERELDMUSEUM presents “Gold of the Gods” through April 6, 2015. This exhibit explores the royal jewelry of Java. On special occasions Javanese royalty would adorn themselves with jewelry originally intended for the gods, honoring Vishnu, Shiva and Parvati by embodying them. This interweaving between representation and ritual portrays the active role played by the gods in Javanese society. Willemskade 25, Rotterdam 3016, The Netherlands; 31.10.27071.72;


THE MUSEUM OF THE DISSENY IN BARCELONA hosts “Dressing the Body: Silhouettes and Fashion (1550-2015)”. This new exhibition, which opened in December of 2014, features a large selection of clothing and fashion from the sixteenth century to the present. This display of one hundred seventy pieces will enable spectators to observe many historical items, including both works from the Rocamora Collection and the latest acquisitions by more recent fashion designers and dressmakers. Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, (Edifici Disseny Hub Barcelona), Barcelona 08018, Spain; 93.256.6800;



THE REZAN HAS MUSEUM displays “Mystery of The Urartian Jewellery” through July 31, 2015. The exhibition features jewelry such as pectorals (breastplate), medallions, beads, amulets, neck rings, fibulae, armlets, bracelets, rings, as well as the most comprehensive Urartian belt collection of Turkey with approximately seventy belts. The purpose of the exhibit is to utilize the medium of jewelry to expose the philosophy, religious beliefs and traditions of Urartian society. Kadir Has University, Cibali 34083, Istanbul; 90.212.533.65.32;






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