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Museums and Galleries 34.2

THE SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS hosts its CRAFTBOSTON Spring show March 25 — 27, 2011 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The craft show features two hundred artists in the categories of basketry, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Additionally, the show presents work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an artist mentor program, a book vendor, an educational lecture series, tours for guests who are blind and visually impaired and other special interest groups, and informational booths promoting nonprofit craft organizations. Another feature of the show is CRAFT Under $100, a program initiated by CRAFTBOSTON to encourage affordable handmade craft. Shown from left to bottom are a coat by Britt Rynearson, scarves by Jeung-Hwa Park, a dress by Lynn Yarrington, a dress by Annette Lynn Frye, necklace by Tami Rodrig, brooch by Reiko Ishiyama, and ring by Liaung Chung Yen.



THE BEAD MUSEUM OF GLENDALE, ARIZONA is closing on March 12. The museum is having a final closing sale from March 21 – 25, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Anything left will be sold at garage sale prices. Price as marked. Among sale items will be office furniture, remaining store fixtures and inventory, books and periodicals, office supplies, art supplies, kitchen supplies, tables, chairs and various other items.


THE MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM hosts A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles, an exhibition celebrating British designer Zandra Rhodes. Since the 1960s Rhodes has been creating imaginative, colorful fabrics and clothing. The installation runs through April 3, 2011. Also showing is Between East and West: Folk Art Treasures of Romania, open through February 13, 2011. The richness of Romania’s related arts—costumes, textiles, architecture, works in wood, pottery, and other objects of daily and ceremonial use—derives energy from the confluence of East and West. 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101; 619.239.0003;

THE LEGION OF HONOR exhibits Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave, open from February 5 to June 11, 2011. Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter by training, but textile and costume are her muses. Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world. Lincoln Park, 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121; 415.750.3600;

THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF CRAFT & DESIGN presents Fashioning Felt, an exhibit examining the many and varied uses of felt over the years. Organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the exhibition of more than seventy works by designers across the globe highlights the material’s unique characteristics and provides an extensive look at this ancient fabric with modern appeal. The exhibition presents historic examples of felts, innovative uses of the material in clothing and furniture design, and the contemporary use of industrial felt in architecture. Fashioning Felt also addresses the sustainability of felt, as its trajectory from raw fiber to finished product involves little opportunity for waste. The exhibition ends February 20, 2011. 550 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94102; 415.773.0303;


GALLERY 5 features new work by jewelers Penelope Weinstein and Sydney Lynch, as well as jackets and sweaters by Diane Prekup, silk ties by Cosette Originals and handpainted shawls by Peggy Russell. 140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555.

THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART hosts Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes of Central Asia, at the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing through January 30, 2011. This exhibit features more than forty handcrafted objects of the semi-nomadic Turkomen people, and includes headdress ornaments, bracelets and clothing clasps with carnelian, gold and silver decorative elements. The Turkomen tribes of Central Asia live in a harsh and arid physical environment, yet the beauty of their ornamentation reflects their rich spiritual beliefs and customs. 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243; 941.359.5700;


THE FIELD MUSEUM presents Gold, an exhibition showing until March 6, 2011. The exhibit features more than five hundred fifty objects from jewelry, sculptures and coins to Oscar statues and the Chicago White Sox World Series Championship trophy. The exhibition explores both the cultural history of gold, as well as its physical properties. 1400 South Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605; 312.665.7100;


THE FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM hosts The Legacy of Atelier Janiyé from January 22 to July 24, 2011. Celebrating the work and legacy of Boston-based jewelry artist Miyé Matsukata (1922–1981), this exhibition presents together for the first time a retrospective selection of Matsukata’s work alongside that of her colleagues Nancy Wills Michel, Alexandra Solowij Watkins and Yoshiko Yamamoto. 455 Oak St., Brockton, MA 02301; 508.588.6000;

MATTHEW FELDMAN GALLERY recently celebrated its tenth anniversary on December 16, 2010. The Matthew Feldman Gallery features the work of jewelers Namu Cho, Judith Kaufman, Hongsock Lee, Junko Nakazawa, So Young Park, and others. Feldman himself creates jewelry, bags and sculptures. 370 1/2 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617.876.1011.

MOBILIA GALLERY features the work of jeweler Etsuko Sonobe from January 4 to February 26, 2011. Sonobe was the recipient of the Diamonds International Award in 1983, and has participated in numerous exhibitions including a 1983 exhibit in the Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, a 1984 exhibit at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and an exhibition in 1990 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617.876.2109.

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents Scaasi: American Couturier, showing through June 19, 2011. Arnold Scaasi, who began his business in New York in the mid-1950s, was one of the few New York designers to concentrate on custom-made clothing rather than ready-to-wear. He has designed for the twentieth century’s most celebrated artists and most fashionable socialites, including Broadway, television and movie stars, such as Arlene Francis, Mitzi Gaynor, Barbara Streisand, Diahann Carroll, Mary Tyler Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor; Palm Beach and New York socialites including Mary Sanford, Ivana Trump, Joetta Norban, Gayfryd Steinberg, and Edna Morris; and First Ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Barbara and Laura Bush. His work has always been synonymous with luxurious materials, exuberant color and refined silhouettes. Scaasi: American Couturier explores the designer’s relationship with his clients and how the garments created for them suited their lifestyles. Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115;

THE COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM hosts Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels from February 18 to June 5, 2011. This exhibition will explore the historical significance of the firm’s contributions to jewelry design in the twentieth century, including the establishment of Van Cleef & Arpels in New York with the advent of World War II. On view will be more than two hundred fifty works including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objets d’art by Van Cleef & Arpels, many of which were created exclusively for the American market. Design drawings from the Van Cleef & Arpels archives will also be exhibited. Shown are Scylla necklace with detachable clip, Roses nécessaire, Goddess Head brooch, and Kikumakie brooch.

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THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART features Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty from May 4 to July 31, 2011. The exhibition, in the Metropolitan Museum’s second-floor Cantor Galleries, will feature approximately one hundred examples of McQueen’s work from his prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket and the Origami frock coat will be on view. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s. Galleries will showcase recurring themes and concepts in McQueen’s work beginning with The Savage Mind, Romantic Gothic, Romantic Nationalism, Romantic Exoticism, and Romantic Primitivism. 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028; 212.535.7710;

THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK presents His & Hers, a new exhibition exploring the relationship between gender and fashion over the past two hundred fifty years. Clothing can act as an immediate signifier of gender—however, while making distinctions between “masculine” and “feminine” styles of clothing may seem natural, gendering is not a biological phenomenon. The exhibit ends May 2011. Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558;

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN hosts The Global Africa Project through May 15, 2011. An exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design and craft worldwide, The Global Africa Project premiered at the Museum of Arts and Design this November 2010. Featuring the work of over one hundred artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world. Through ceramics, basketry, textiles, jewelry, furniture, and fashion, as well as selective examples of architecture, photography, painting, and sculpture, the exhibition actively challenges conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic or identity, and reflects the integration of African art and design without making the usual distinctions between “professional” and “artisan.” 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777;


THE MINT MUSEUM OF ART features The Heights of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now, showing through January 30, 2011. The exhibit highlights sixty examples of platform footwear from the 1930s to the present. Elevated shoes have appeared for centuries in cultures around the world. In Ancient Greece, actors wore thick-soled shoes to heighten their stature before their audience. In Europe, from about 1600 – 1750, some women in high society and the demimonde wore tall pedestal shoes called copines. Thick platform shoes were fashionable in the Manchu culture of Northeast China. Japan’s platform sandals became part of the traditional dress of geishas. 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207; 704.337.2000;


KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM presents Made in India: Indian Textiles, Global Markets, at the Stager and Blum Galleries. The exhibition ends March 20, 2011. Made in India draws from the museum’s extensive collection of clothing and textiles from India in order to highlight the dynamism, flexibility and variation of the nation’s culture. Beyond the impressive assortment of historic garments, which are remarkable examples of “traditional” Indian dress, a sizable portion of the collection was produced in India for the western market. These items include both those pieces designed to be sold in India for the tourist market, as well as a number of pieces, which, while produced in India, were intended for export to and sale in Europe or America. East Main Street and South Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450;


THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART hosts two exhibitions on menswear. Tailoring Philadelphia: Tradition and Innovation in Menswear shows through Summer 2011 at the Costumes and Textiles Study Gallery. Drawn from the museum’s rich collection of menswear, this exhibit focuses on one of Philadelphia’s most important industries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: tailoring. Francis Toscani (1915–1973), one of the city’s most successful tailors, is featured, with over fifteen of the designer’s innovative garments on view. Also showing at the museum is The Peacock Male: Exuberance and Extremes in Masculine Dress, from January 22 to June 2011. 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130; 215.763.8100;


THE NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM and The Society of North American Goldsmiths, in partnership with American curator Lauren Kalman and South African curator Carine Terreblanche, presents Dichotomies in Objects: Contemporary South African Studio Jewelry from the Stellenbosch Area from January 21 to April 3, 2011. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred fifty pieces of work by eighteen South African artists. The curators have chosen to showcase provocative, experimental and formally engaging works. All of the artists selected are affiliated with Stellenbosch University, the only university in South Africa teaching conceptual approaches to jewelrymaking. 374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, TN 38106; 901.774.6380;


THE HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT displays The Color of Enamel: New Work by Leighelena, ending January 30, 2011. Austin jewelry artist Leigh Navarro, of Leighelena, creates beautiful enamel jewelry through a process of applying powders and various fragments of glass onto the surface of hand-cut copper shapes and then firing the pieces in a kiln. As an artist, Navarro is interested in the unpredictable chemical reactions that occur with different materials, and she experiments with enamel and frit. Many of her finished pieces feature bright colors and intricate patterns inspired by the leathers and animal skins that she incorporates into her work. The exhibition features a variety of pieces, from cuffs to necklaces. 4848 Main St., Houston, TX 77002; 713.529.4848;


THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM hosts the traveling exhibition Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, showing from March 10 to June 5, 2011. Having shown previously at the Fowler Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cave’s outstanding Soundsuits utilize many recycled materials and curios to create spiritual and festive creations. 1300 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101; 206.654.3100;


THE RACINE ART MUSEUM featured the work of Mariko Kusumoto in Unfolding Stories, which ended January 23, 2011. Using a variety of metalsmithing techniques, Kusumoto crafts elaborate miniature stage sets, with multiple doors, moving parts, compartments and drawers, as well as the characters and props to inhabit them. Each object can be presented as closed boxes and containers or opened and manipulated so that their stories “unfold.” The narrative potential is even more complex as many elements are created in the form of brooches, necklaces and bracelets that can be worn. 441 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262.638.8300;




THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA hosts Drawing with Scissors: Molas from Kuna Yala, showing through February 13, 2011. This exhibition examines the rich cultural tradition of the Kuna people, who live on a series of small islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama. Mola is a technique utilizing just needle, thread and scissors to apply designs to blouses and other textiles. The exhibition features nearly two hundred women’s blouses and appliqué panels. 55 Centre Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2H5, Canada; 416.599.5321;


THE SCHMUCK MUSEUM IN PFORZHEIM presents The Splendour of Power: The Habsburg’s Imperial Jewels from Vienna’s Kunstkammer Collection, showing until February 13, 2011. The Kunstkammer collection is one of the world’s largest of its kind. The exhibition shows precious jewelry, insignia of the state, vessels and objets d’art fashioned from exotic materials. Most of these pieces date from the Late Renaissance and Baroque periods. Collected in the course of centuries from all around the world, the House of Habsburg’s jewels do not only stand out for their compelling beauty, uniqueness and splendor. They also testify to imperial pomp, a refined sense for the arts and the Habsburgs’ continuous passion for collecting. Sixty pieces of jewelry, goblets, bowls, and vessels will be on display. Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim d-75173, Germany; 49.0.7231.39.21.26;


THE HERMITAGE AMSTERDAM presents The Immortal Alexander the Great, showing through March 18, 2011. The exhibition has over three hundred fifty masterpieces, including the famous Gonzaga cameo, from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. This is the first time that any Dutch museum has devoted an exhibition to Alexander the Great, his journey to the East and the influence of Hellenism. The exhibition spans a period of almost twenty-five hundred years. Several cameos, rings and other personal adornment from the Hellenic age are on display. Nieuwe Herengracht 14, 1018 DP Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 020.530.8751;


THE CATALUNYA NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART hosts Artist’s Jewels: From Modernism to the Avant-garde, ending February 13, 2011. The occasional but fruitful approach by artists to the world of jewelry is the central theme of the exhibit. The show features three hundred works by Catalan as well as international artists who led the different trends that proliferated during the twentieth century. The exhibit has gathered original designs by Hector Guimard, Josep Llimona, Manolo Hugué, Pablo Gargallo, Salvador Dalí, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, and others, from public institutions and museums all over the world and from private collections and the Museum’s own collections. Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona 08038, Spain;;


THE DOLL’S HOUSE MUSEUM BASEL hosts a collection of children’s kimonos dating from the period between 1603 and 1989. Over ninety girls’ and boys’ kimonos are on public display for the first time, coming from Nakano Kazuko’s collection. The exceptionally well-preserved exhibits come not only from wealthy but also from poorer families, who despite difficulties of many kinds—prohibitions, harvest failures, hard times—always did their utmost to give their children festive kimonos. The exhibit ends April 3, 2011. Steinenvorstadt 1, Basel CH-4051, Switzerland;;


THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM presents Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City, an exhibit ending February 27, 2011. This exhibition will show the sumptuous robes and accessories worn by the emperors and empresses of the Qing Dynasty, the last ruling dynasty of China (1644 – 1911). These costumes are on display for the first time in Europe and the exhibition is part of an exchange between the Victoria and Albert and the Palace Museum in Beijing. Official, festive and traveling dress for rituals, celebrations, weddings, and royal visits will be on show as well as beautifully patterned fabrics created for the fashion-conscious court ladies. The Museum will be hosting the first United Kingdom exhibition of Yohji Yamamoto, March 12 - July 10, 2011, with over eighty garments on display. Cromwell Rd., London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom;;


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