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Museums and Galleries 34.5

THE SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW presents Smithsonian Craft2Wear, a jewelry and clothing venue taking place October 22 – 23. Featuring forty exhibitors, all previously juried from the Smithsonian Craft Show, Smithsonian Craft2Wear offers a compact selection of excellent wearable art. Twenty percent of the sales at the show will support Smithsonian Women’s Committee grants to the Smithsonian. Among the participating artists are Susan Bradley, Hulda and Kenneth Bridgeman, Cynthia Chuang and Erh-Ping Tsai, Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens, Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca, Michael Kane and Steve Sells, Selma Karaca, and Judith Kinghorn. Smithsonian Craft2Wear is held at the National Building Museum. Shown are Ebony Turquoise Cuff by Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca, jacket by Starr Hagenbring, Aqua Chunk Necklace by Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca, Polka Dot by Patricia Palson, Snow Pin by Ken Loeber and Dona Look, and scarf by Michael Kane and Steve Sells. Each year Ornament sponsors the Craft2Wear award. 401 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001; www.craft2wear.smithsonian.org.


 

CALIFORNIA


CALIFORNIA THE CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM in conjunction with Craft in America hosts Golden State of Craft: California 1960 – 1985, from September 25, 2011 to January 8, 2012. The exhibit surveys an innovative artistic period that blossomed in post-World War II California. Promoted in large part by two central figures, Edith Wyle, founder of the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and Eudorah M. Moore, director of the Pasadena Art Museum’s California Design exhibition series, a group of artists made significant contributions to the American Craft Movement, the art world at large and influenced modern American taste overall. Working in a range of materials and forms—from furniture, ceramics and metals to textiles, jewelry and glass—artists such as Sam Maloof, Laura Andreson, Allan Adler, Lia Cook, Arline Fisch, and Marvin Lipofsky defined the ethos of the era and the West Coast way of life through their creations. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.937.4230; www.cafam.org.

 

THE MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM presents San Diego’s Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern to California Design, an exhibition showing from October 11, 2011 to April 15, 2012. This 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 Svetozar 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; www.mingei.org.

 

TABOO STUDIO hosts Play By Ear, which showcases ornaments of adornment for fingers and ears. 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 through September 16. 1615 ½ West Lewis St., San Diego, CA 92103; 619.692.0099.

 

THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF CRAFT & DESIGN features Fiberart International, 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; www.sfmcd.org.



COLORADO


THE DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE presents Around the World with Glass Seed Beads, through June 2012. Throughout the centuries, seed beads have played a significant role in the traditions of social cultures around the world. In addition to adding beauty to everyday life, they have been used to indicate identity and status, as well as to celebrate rituals such as weddings, the passage into adulthood and offerings to the gods. The exhibit features sixteen items from the Museum’s collections that illustrate the traditions of seed beadwork in several countries around the globe. Featured are an Akha headdress from Thailand, a Ndebele girl’s coming-of-age apron from South Africa and a Ute beaded purse from Colorado, in addition to other treasures from Mexico, the Amazon, Indonesia, and Europe. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205; 303.370.6000; www.dmns.org.


FLORIDA


GALLERY FIVE kicks off its thirtieth season in October. The gallery, owned by Paul and Paula Coben, features contemporary handcrafted clothing, jewelry and fine crafts by more than one hundred fifty American artists from forty states. It is one of the largest collections of wearable art by American artists in Florida. The gallery also features new clothing by JES, with hand-dyed silk jackets and boleros by Leni Hoch. Susan Neal offers her handwoven silk scarves, while Ellen Hauptli brings a number of rayon vests. There is also new jewelry by Connie Bates of Fahrenheit New York, who makes metal belts and buckles. 140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555.



MASSACHUSETTS

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. 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. 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; www.mfa.org.



MINNESOTA

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;



NEW JERSEY

THE NEWARK MUSEUM recently installed a permanent exhibition of masterworks from the Museum’s extensive jewelry holdings, dating from the early 1700s to the present day, including objects from Newark’s own historic jewelry industry. Entitled The Glitter and The Gold: Jewelry From the Newark Museum, the Museum is currently one of only four in the United States with gallery space dedicated to its permanent jewelry collections. Its large and diverse collection of European and American jewelry began in 1911 with the gift of a rare New York eighteenth-century gold pocket watch also on view. 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102-3176; 973.596.6550; www.newarkmuseum.org.



NEW MEXICO

THE MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART shows Young Brides, Old Shirts: Macedonian Embroidered Dress, from October 1, 2011 to January 16, 2013. 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; www.moifa.org.



NEW YORK

THE BARD GRADUATE CENTER hosts Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, from September 15, 2011 to April 15, 2012. A collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Stephen Jones, the world’s foremost hat designer, the exhibition displays more than two hundred fifty hats. From a twelfth-century Egyptian Fez to 1950s Balenciaga, a wide range of millinery is selected. The exhibit is divided into four sections: Inspiration, Creation, The Salon, and The Client. 18 West 86th St., New York, NY 10024; 212.501.3000; www.bgc.bard.edu.

 

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART opens renovated Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia on November 1. The greatly enlarged, freshly conceived and completely renovated galleries will house the Metropolitan’s renowned collection of Islamic art—one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of this material in the world. Multiple entryways will also allow visitors to approach the new galleries—and the art displayed there—from different perspectives. 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028; 212.535.7710; www.metmuseum.org.

 

THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts an exhibit on Daphne Guinness from September 16, 2011 to January 7, 2012. The exhibition features approximately one hundred garments and accessories from Guinness’s personal collection, including designs from 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; www.fitnyc.edu/3662.asp.



NORTH CAROLINA

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; www.mintmuseum.org.



OHIO

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM presents On The Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life from September 30, 2011 to August 26, 2012. As Americans observe the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the Kent State University Museum will present an exhibit about the material circumstances and domestic life during the Civil War and in the years that followed. Through the display of women’s and children’s costumes, which will be supplemented with related photographs, decorative arts and women’s magazines, the exhibit will focus on the daily life and experiences of the American civilian population during the Civil War. Far from being a simple trivial diversion during such a critical period, fashion provides a unique window into the lived experience of Americans who despite being far from the battlefields were deeply and immediately touched by the conflict.



TENNESSEE

THE NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM hosts Digital Mettle: Jewelry and Objects of CAD 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 this noted metalsmith and jeweler. The exhibit also ends September 11. Cooperman’s series, Esoterica, is based on obscure facts and bits of arcane knowledge.



WISCONSIN

THE RACINE ART MUSEUM presents Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads from October 21, 2011 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. 441 Main St., Racine, WI 53403; 262.638.8300; www.ramart.org.



VIRGINIA

THE POTOMAC FIBER ARTS GALLERY announces the opening of the juried show Fissures, Fossils and Fragments on October 18, showing through November 13. In the exhibit, the artists are inspired by what the Earth speaks to us. Jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and wallpieces are some of the items that will be exhibited. 105 North Union St., Studio 18, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703.548.0935.



WASHINGTON

FACÈRÉ GALLERY features Signs of Life, a staple exhibition of the gallery for seven years. Showing from October 5 - 27, the exhibition has a novel premise; pairing nine metalsmiths and nine published authors together to create synergistic works between prose and craft. 1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 108, Seattle, WA 98101; 206.624.6768.



WASHINGTON D.C.

THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF WASHINGTON D.C. hosts Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles, showing through January 8, 2012. Throughout the world, textiles were historically so valuable that threadbare fabrics were seldom completely discarded. Drawn from The Textile Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition highlights the ways people in various cultures have ingeniously repurposed worn but precious fabrics to create beautiful new textile forms. Examples include a rare sutra cover made from a fifteenth-century Chinese rank badge, a vest fashioned from a Pacific Northwest coast Chilkat blanket and a large patchwork hanging from Central Asia stitched together from small scraps of silk ikat and other fabrics. 2320 South St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008; 202.667.0441; www.textilemuseum.org.



 

CANADA


THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS hosts The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, ending October 2. The exhibition’s various sections provide a thematic approach to the world of Jean Paul Gaultier, tracing the influences, from the streets of Paris to the world of science fiction, that have shaped the couturier’s creative development. 1379 Sherbrooke St., W., Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1J5; 514.285.2000; www.mmfa.qc.ca.

 

THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA features Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture, showing 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; www.textilemuseum.ca.


GERMANY

THE SCHMUCK MUSEUM IN PFORZHEIM presents Hammer, Sketch and CAD, showing 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; www.schmuckmuseum.de.



THE UNITED KINGDOM

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; 44.0.20.7323.8299; www.britishmuseum.org.

 

LESLEY KRAZE GALLERY exhibits Cinderella Stories: Contemporary Jewellery from Western Australia, 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; 44.0.20.7608.0393.

 

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