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Museums and Galleries 34.3

THE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, a Cleveland-based non-profit organization, has recently declared the winners of the 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship. Twenty Cuyahoga County artists received twenty thousand dollars and additional support services for their outstanding work and innovation in the field. Two more artists received a twenty-five hundred dollar Seth Rosenberg Prize. This third iteration of the program marks $1.2 million distributed to Cuyahoga County artists since July 2009. The twenty artists who received the award include craft artists William Brouillard, Stephanie Craig, Matthew Hollern, Michael Romanik, Roberta Williamson, Brent Kee Young, and Stephen Yusko; design artists Michel Ina, Brian Andrew Jasinski and Sai Sinbondit; media artist Kasumi; and visual artists Laura Cooperman, Michael Loderstedt, George Mauersberger, Paul O’Keeffe, Mark Slankard, Niki Smith, Randall Tiedman, Douglas Max Utter, and Jonathan Wayne. Shown from far left is I Long For Your Touch by Roberta Williamson, AIM necklace by Matthew Hollern and Eastern Bluebird brooch by Michael Romanik, with artists Matthew Hollern, Roberta Williamson and Michael Romanik.



THE MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM presents San Diego’s Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern to California Design, an exhibition showing from October 11 to April 15, 2012. This local exhibition will reveal the important contribution of San Diego craftsmen to the post-war Southern California art scene. The progression from sleek modernism to unconventional handmade objects of use such as furniture, doors, jewelry, and ceramics will be explored. Many of these San Diego-based artists received national attention and participated in major Los Angeles exhibitions, including the California Design series held in Pasadena and Los Angeles. This exhibition will feature over sixty artists including Toza and Ruth Radakovich, Rhoda Lopez, Jack Hopkins, Arline Fisch, Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley, Larry Hunter, Kay Whitcomb, and James Hubbell. 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101; 619.239.0003;


VELVET DA VINCI hosts Under That Cloud, a jewelry exhibit showing through May 29. Curated by Jo Bloxham, the exhibition is inspired by eighteen artists stranded in Mexico City under the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. In April of 2010 the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull began a series of explosive eruptions of ash which disrupted air travel and the environment. Across the globe in Mexico City, the jewelry symposium Walking the Gray Area was coming to an end. Eyjafjallajökull stranded the eighteen jewelers who had attended the event in Mexico City, providing the inspiration for this exhibition. 2015 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109; 415.441.0109.


GALLERY FIVE features new work by jewelers Laurette O’Neil and McKenna Hallett, as well as jackets and shirts by Kay Chapman, porcelain heart rattles by Caroline Koons and batik jackets and shirts by Patricia Farley. 140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555.


THE FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM hosts The Legacy of Atelier Janiyé through July 24. 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;


MOBILIA GALLERY presents Glass Quake 2011, featuring creative glass works and jewelry from sixteen artists. There will be a glass symposium and demonstration at Sherman Street Studios on April 8 from 2 - 5 PM, followed by a private view and artists’ reception at Mobilia Gallery. The exhibit ends May 21. 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617.876.2109.


THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents Scaasi: American Couturier, showing through June 19. 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. 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;


PATINA GALLERY displays the work of Claire Kahn in July. A new arrival to Patina, Kahn creates beaded necklaces and bracelets using Miyuki crochet. Her pieces are often textured with patterns borrowed from snakes. 131 West Palace Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501; 505.986.3432.


THE SANTA FE WEAVING GALLERY participates in Folk Art Week in Santa Fe, from July 6 – 10. Special events in the gallery include lectures, an exhibit by Doshi, Explorations in Surface Design on Cloth, Faust at the Santa Fe Opera, and more. 124 1/2 Galisteo St., Santa Fe, NM 87501; 866.982.1737.



THE COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM hosts Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels through June 5. 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 created exclusively for the American market. Design drawings from the Van Cleef & Arpels archives will also be exhibited. 2 East 91st St., New York, NY 10128; 212.849.8400;


THE CRAFT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND in conjunction with Artists’ Emergency Resources hosted CraftNewYork, a benefit show taking place from April 1 through April 3 in New York City. The inaugural exhibit and sale featured one hundred twenty craft artists in basketry, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. Gate proceeds from CraftNewYork benefited CERF+, a non-profit organization committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States.


THE FORBES GALLERIES hosts Jewelers of the Hudson Valley through June 25. Living within the immediate vicinity of the New Paltz area are a number of prominent studio jewelry artists whose work will be the focus of this exhibition.Featured jewelers include: Jamie Bennett, Pat Flynn, Arthur Hash, Tom Herman, Sergey Jivetin, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, and Jennifer Trask. In addition to work by these artists, there will be pieces from the collection of the Samuel Dorsky Museum, State University of New York/New Paltz on display and selected works by students in the metals program. The guest curator for the exhibition, which is being sponsored by the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts, is Elyse Zorn Karlin. 62 5th Ave., New York, NY 10011; 212.206.5548.


THE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN presents A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry, exhibiting through September 4. Exploring the use of ceramics in jewelry, the exhibition showcases the scope and ingenuity of the more than one hundred works on view. The work of eighteen jewelry artists are featured, including Peter Hoogeboom, Evert Nijland, Ted Noten (The Netherlands), Gésine Hackenberg (Germany), Marie Pendariès (Spain), and Shu-Lin Wu (Taiwan). 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777;


THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART features Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty from May 4 to July 31. 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 10. 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. 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 holds Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles through December 31. Maya peoples of Guatemala and southeastern Mexico are well known for their time-honored traditional dress. Today’s repertoire of Maya traditional clothing, called traje, developed primarily during the Colonial Period (1521-1821 A.D.) as a forced adoption of European dress. Yet elements of traje reach back more than twenty-three hundred years. Maya clothing styles generally are divided along language boundaries. This exhibition features fashions of the Kaqchikel, Ixil, K’iche’, Mam, Tz’utujil, Chuj, Awakatek, Jakaltek and Poqomchi’ from Guatemala, and Tzotzil and Tzeltal from Chiapas, Mexico. 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207; 704.337.2000;


KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM presents Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, through September 4. In 2008, the Kent State University Museum was honored to receive Katharine Hepburn’s personal collection of film, stage and television costumes, as well as clothes worn by her for publicity purposes. At the Higbee Gallery, the museum will host Beyond Fashion: Fiber and Fashion Art by Vincent Quevedo, through February 12, 2012. 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 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, ending in June. 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130; 215.763.8100;


FACÈRÉ GALLERY exhibits ABeCeDarian, a show featuring the work of twenty-six jewelry artists, who each produced a piece that corresponds with a letter of the alphabet. The participating artists include Julia Barello, Ken Bova, Jana Brevick, Nancy Megan Corwin, Tom Hill, Trudee Hill, Melissa Huff, Kristin Lora, Bruce Metcalf, Anthony Tammaro, Cynthia Toops, Kiwon Wang, and Sissi Westerberg. The exhibit displays from May 18 to June 4. 1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 108, Seattle, WA 98101; 206.624.6768.


THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM hosts the traveling exhibition Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, showing through June 5. 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;


STONINGTON GALLERY presented its Staff Picks exhibit through March 27. The Stonington staff picked twelve works from the Gallery’s collection to exhibit during the month of March. Each staff member chose two pieces with which they felt a deep connection, from jewelry and carvings to textiles and prints. These works were displayed with accompanying commentary by a Stonington staff-member. 119 South Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104; 206.405.4040.


TRAVER GALLERY features the new work of jeweler Nancy Worden in the exhibition Protection, along with glass sculpture by Kait Rhoads and painter and metalsmith John Marshall through May 29. Worden’s work is protective, either made as talismans or more literally as symbolic plate armor and brigandines. Devoted to social issues and women’s rights, Worden’s jewelry are modern day wards. 110 Union St. #200, Seattle, WA 98101; 206.587.6501.


THE RACINE ART MUSEUM hosts Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads from October 21 to February 5, 2012. This exhibition emphasizes the development of polymer as an expressive medium for artwork in recent decades. Along with borrowed polymer artwork from artists, galleries and private lenders from across the country, Terra Nova will debut a portion of a large number of works gifted to the museum in 2009 by the Polymer Collection Project. The gift to RAM includes approximately one hundred eighty objects by a number of artists. 441 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262.638.8300;



THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA shows Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture from May 18 through November 20. Four contemporary artists explore the relationship of patterns, communication and spirit in conversation with textiles and symbols from the Museum’s permanent collection of Islamic African artifacts. Magic squares, known all over the world as mathematical games like Sudoku and Kenken, become carriers of powerful and diverse cultural meanings when they are painted, woven or embroidered on textiles in Muslim Africa. The artists in the exhibition include Jamelie Hassan, Hamid Kachmar, Alia Toor, and Tim Whiten. 55 Centre Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2H5, Canada; 416.599.5321;


THE DESIGN MUSEUM holds Marimekko: A Whole Life, 60 Years of Colours, Stripes and Shapes, showing through May 29. For almost sixty years, Marimekko has colored the lives of Finns with its designs. The exhibition in honor of the anniversary year presents the decades of Marimekko, beginning with its founding in 1951. Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Finland 00130, Helsinki; 358 (0)9 622 0540;


THE SCHMUCK MUSEUM IN PFORZHEIM hosts Georg Dobler: Jewelry from 1980 to 2010, ending June 26. Geometrical designs as well as floral elements are the hallmarks of Georg Dobler’s jewelry. Many of his pieces radiate in iridescent black with their black chrome-plated or oxidized silver surfaces. His more recent works are a symbiosis of his entire creative career. He originally trained as a goldsmith in Pforzheim and today teaches at Hildesheim’s University of Applied Sciences and Art. Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim d-75173, Germany; 49.0.7231.39.21.26;



THE PITTI PALACE presents Dianora Marandino: Fantasies of Colour through May 15. The exhibition features a selection of garments created by Dianora Marandino between 1947 and 1971. The craftswoman devoted herself to studying colors to be used in the experimentation of new techniques for painting and printing on fabric, and for the dyeing of wool yarn to be used in weaving. Utilizing her own print-decorated fabrics, she created linear garments, shunning complicated and elaborate models. The show presents a range of dresses, tunics, skirts, and coats, as well as the preparatory sketches that are part of the vast collection generously donated by her consort, Enzo Faraoni. Piazza Dei Pitti, 50125 Florence, Italy;;


THE BRITISH MUSEUM hosts Adornment and Identity: Silver Jewellery from Oman through September 11. This exhibit displays a recently acquired collection of Omani jewelry. Mostly dating from the 1950s, it covers all types of adornment from anklets to amulets, with sections of the exhibit devoted to work made for children, made from coral and carnelian, or utilizing texts from the Qur’an. Great Russell St., London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom;;


THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM presents the work of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto through July 10. Fabric, the artist said, “is everything.” This deep interest in textiles is at the heart of his approach to design. Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early eighties for challenging traditional notions of fashion by designing garments that seemed oversized, unfinished, and played with ideas of gender or fabrics not normally used in fashionable attire such as felt or neoprene. Other works revealed Yamamoto’s unusual pattern cutting, knowledge of fashion history and sense of humor. His work is characterized by a frequent and skillful use of black, a color which he describes as “modest and arrogant at the same time.” Cromwell Rd., London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom;;


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