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Museums and Galleries 34.4

THE SANTA FE INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET is in its eigth year in 2011, and shows July 8 – 10. The largest event of its kind in the world, the Market offers an unparalleled chance to collect treasures from around the globe and meet the artists who created them. This year, the Market welcomes one hundred seventy artists from more than fifty countries. The 2011 Market will feature more than seventy new participants including artists from Cambodia and Algeria. Many popular artists will be returning, including papier-mâché artists from Haiti, embroidery artists from India, jewelers from Niger, felters from Kyrgyzstan, and rug weavers from Uzbekistan. The market also offers world music and an array of foods from many different ethnic groups. The market opening party takes place Friday, July 8, with a community celebration on July 7. Shown are a North African silver brooch, Huda Salim Mohammed Al Hashmi, a basketmaker and embroiderer from Oman, Karma Lotey of Bhutan Karma Collection, a North African silver pendant, seed bead collar created by La Mega Cooperativa de Saraguro, and Nomphumelelo Dlamini of Tintsaba Craft, Swaziland. 725 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-7516; 505.476.1197;



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;


TABOO STUDIO hosts Play By Ear, which showcases ornaments of adornment for fingers and ears. Gifted and imaginative jewelers from near and far have been hard at work creating pieces. Deanna Jacobsen’s earrings are reminiscent of vintage Mexican silver figurative jewelry. Susan Chin designs chunky rings with a singular focal point as well as diminutive stackers with a variety of motifs and combination possibilities. Canadian jeweler Erin Wahed’s designs in high karat golds and sterling silver draw inspiration from painting, architecture, graphic and industrial design. The exhibition shows from August 5 to September 16. 1615 ½ West Lewis St., San Diego, CA 92103; 619.692.0099.


THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF CRAFT & DESIGN features Fiberart International 2010, showing from October 13 to January 15, 2012. Fiberart International is a juried exhibition of contemporary works of fiber art that documents trends and innovations in the field. Craft traditions and art are blended in this exhibition, which includes innovative work, such as installation, craft and sculpture by emerging and established national and international artists. The work is rooted in traditional fiber materials, structure, processes, and history, and it elicits unexpected relationships between fiber and other creative disciplines. This exhibition is organized by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. 201 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94104; 415.773.0303;


VELVET DA VINCI GALLERY hosts Unnatural Acts, an exhibition showing through August 28 and curated by Lauren Simeoni. The exhibit includes work by Anna Davern, Caz Guiney, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Peta Kruger, Sim Luttin, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Lauren Simeoni, Mark Vaarwerk, and Melinda Young. 2015 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109; 415.441.0109.


THE YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY presents Old Javanese Gold: The Hunter Thompson Collection, through August 14. The exhibition features two hundred objects, including jewelry, sculptures, coins, statues, containers, and accessories, from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection of over five hundred Javanese gold objects originally amassed in the 1980s and early 1990s by Toronto residents Valerie and Hunter Thompson, who donated their collection to the Gallery in 2006 and 2008. 1111 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06520; 203.432.0600;


GALLERY FIVE features a number of new pieces by jewelry artists, as well as belts by Sarah Cavender. Peg Gerard creates polymer twist necklaces, while Cynthia Chuang features her distinctive porcelain pins. Nina Morrow presents driftwood necklaces, while Teresa Goodall offers beaded pieces. 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 hosts Objects of Status, Power and Adornment: The Studio Jewelry Movement 1950 - 2011, from September 6 to October 22. The exhibition features internationally known masters in the field of metalsmithing, as well as emerging talents, all of whom work with a myriad of diverse materials and techniques to creatively explore their vision and interpretation of jewelry. 358 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617.876.2109.


THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents Jewels, Gems and Treasures: Ancient to Modern, from July 19 to November 25, 2012. What is a gem? Today, in the West, the diamond, pearl, emerald, sapphire, and ruby are considered as the most precious of materials. That has not always been the case. Throughout the course of world history, other substances have commanded equal attention, including materials that are largely ignored today. Kingfisher feathers, tiger claws, jet beads, and mica appliqués were at one time worn in different parts of the world with great pride. Some materials, such as coral and rock crystal, have served a protective role, in which they were perceived as being able to guard their wearer from dangerous circumstances or malevolent forces. Other substances, especially those that are rare and available to a select few, are signifiers of wealth and power. Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115;


THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM hosts Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, on view from January 14, 2012 to April 1. Approximately one hundred works from public and private collections worldwide offer an unprecedented exploration of Native American art from 200 B.C. to the present. Shapeshifting, the first large-scale, traveling exhibition of its kind in more than thirty years, presents a new approach to interpreting and appreciating Native American art and culture. Constellations of historic and contemporary artworks—sculpture, painting, ceramics, textiles, photography, drawing, film, video, and monumental installation—explore connections between Native people, art traditions and cultures. East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970; 978.745.9500;


THE GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN exhibits Beyond Peacocks and Paisleys: Handcrafted Textiles of India and its Neighbors, showing through September 25. Artisans in South Asia use a broad range of handcraft techniques to meet apparel and home furnishing needs of consumers in India and around the world. The techniques included in this exhibition include ikat weaving, several varieties of embroidery, block printing, bandhani and lahariya varieties of tie-dye, and more. The exhibition examines each of the techniques’ technical developments occurring over time as the producers reached out to new markets and faced competition from other handcraft and industrial producers around the world. The exhibition also connects American fashion history to the textiles produced in India and neighboring countries for their national markets. 241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108; 612.624.7434;


THE MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART presents Folk Art of the Andes, a major exhibition featuring over eight hundred fifty works of art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This diverse group of Andean folk arts includes weaving, embroidery, woodcarving, ceramics, painting, and metalwork, reflecting the interweaving of indigenous craft traditions with European artforms and techniques. This longrunning exhibit ends September 9, 2012. Also showing at the museum in October is Young Brides, Old Shirts: Macedonian Embroidered Dress. Until the mid-twentieth century, Macedonian women wove, embroidered and wore magnificent ensembles of dress that indicated to a knowing eye what village and region they came from and where they were in the cycle of life. 706 Camino Lejo, On Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505.476.1200;


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 through August 7. 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 hosts an exhibit on Daphne Guinness from September 16 to January 7, 2012. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred garments and accessories from Guinness’s personal collection, including designs from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, John Galliano for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Valentino. Guinness’s own designs will also be on display. The exhibition is co-curated by Daphne Guinness and Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT. Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558;


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 (A.D. 1521-1821) 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 NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM hosts Digital Mettle: Jewelry and Objects of CAD from June 24 through September 11. The exhibition features works designed with and inspired by Computer-Aided Drafting tools. The work blurs the traditional boundaries of the art, craft and design disciplines and affords great opportunities for meaningful innovations and contemporaneity. Also showing is Tributaries: Andy Cooperman, featuring the work of metalsmith and jeweler Andy Cooperman, also ending September 11. Cooperman’s series, Esoterica, is based on obscure facts and bits of arcane knowledge. 374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, TN 38106; 901.774.6380;


STONINGTON GALLERY hosts an exhibition exploring the themes of Tlingit robes through painting in the exhibit Clarissa Rizal: A Language of Tlingit Robes, from September 1 – 30. Rizal, an accomplished Tlingit weaver and painter, has created paintings inspired by an intricate robe or button blanket created by the artist in the past twenty-four years. 119 South Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104; 206.405.4040.



THE MUSEE NATIONALE DES BEAUX-ARTS DU QUEBEC hosts Ying Gao: Art, Fashion and Technology, an exhibit examining the work of fashion designer Ying Gao through August 28. The exhibition Ying Gao: Art, Fashion and Technology presents a dozen pieces that include three series of “intelligent” garments which move and change in response to noise, sound, motion, or light. These garments represent state-of-the-art research on textiles with integrated technologies but still have an amazingly poetic dimension. They draw the viewer’s eye, inflating, unfolding, transforming while protecting the virtual body they cover. For Gao, apparel art serves as a means to investigate the various ways people relate to their environment as well as contemporary complex social and technological issues. Ying Gao is a fashion designer and professor of design at the University of Quebec and Montreal. Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Québec G1R 5H3, Canada; 418.643.2150;


THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA shows Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture 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 SCHMUCK MUSEUM IN PFORZHEIM presents Hammer, Sketch and CAD, showing from July 10 through October 30. Marking the ninetieth anniversary of Pforzheim’s Technical College for Goldsmiths, which is part of the city’s Goldsmithing and Watchmaking School, the Jewelry Museum will present a retrospective on the nine decades of the College’s existence. The exhibition will show the works of former students, some of whom have become successful jewelry artists, from the college’s very first years up to the present day. Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim d-75173, Germany; 49.0.7231.39.21.26;


THE KUNSTMUSEUM WOLFSBURG displays Art and Fashion: Between Skin and Clothing, showing through August 7. The exhibition explores the relation between art and fashion. Since the sixties art and fashion have shared the same avant garde feeling. From then on, fashion no longer exclusively expressed power, money and social class. Instead it started to express art and culture. Fashion and popular visual cultures—like pop art— became the new visual aesthetics of society. Fashion and art both became conceptual in nature. The exhibit features the work of Walter Van Beirendonck, Louise Bourgeois, Hussein Chalayan, Christophe Coppens, Comme des Garçons, Salvador Dalí, Naomi Filmer, Robert Gober, Martin Margiela, Francesco Vezzoli, Viktor & Rolf, Anna-Nicole Ziesche, and more. Hollerplatz 1, Wolfsburg 38440, Germany; 49.0.5361.26.69.0;


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;;


LESLEY KRAZE GALLERY exhibits Cinderella Stories: Contemporary Jewellery from Western Austalia, on display from September 9 through October 14. The exhibition from Western Australia showcases the vibrant work of seven Western Australian artist jewelers who exhibit internationally. Featured are artists Dorothy Erickson, Carlier Makigawa, Felicity Peters, Gillian Rainer, Brenda Ridgewell, Christel van der Laan, and David Walker. 35 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU, 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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