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Museums and Galleries 35.1

THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM hosts Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, the first retrospective to highlight the extraordinary ingenuity of the American designer. Showing through February 12, 2012, the exhibit spans the late 1960s through the early 1990s and provides an overview of Sant’Angelo’s influence and legacy, featuring more than forty ensembles and accessories. Giorgio di Sant’Angelo (1933-1989) rose to prominence with his exuberant and colorful accessories and collections. With an eye for fantasy, Sant’Angelo created expressive collections that merged his own Latin upbringing with gypsy, Aztec, American Indian, and Asian influences among others. Shown are a lycra dress from fall 1970; synthetic jersey dress circa 1974; bodysuit and skirt from 1992 and stretch gauze dress circa 1987-89; the artist Giorgio di Sant’Angelo; synthetic jersey dress, 1968; and embroidered rayon dress, 1969. 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004; 602.257.1222;,



THE HEARD MUSEUM hosts All That Glitters: American Indian Gold Jewelry, showing from December 10, 2011 to August 5, 2012. This exhibit chronicles the development of American Indian gold jewelry from the 1960s to the present, featuring items from the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. Works by Charles Loloma (Hopi), Harvey Begay (Navajo), Charles Supplee (Hopi/French), and the collaborative work of Yazzie Johnson (Navajo) and Gail Bird (Santo Domingo/Laguna) will be on display. 2301 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.252.8848;


THE CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM in conjunction with Craft in America hosts Golden State of Craft: California 1960 – 1985, showing until January 8, 2012. Curated by Jo Lauria, 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 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;


THE MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM presents San Diego’s Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern to California Design, an exhibition ending April 15, 2012. This exhibition reveals the important contribution of San Diego craft artists 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 are 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 features 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;


TABOO STUDIO presents Jingle This, a jewelry exhibition showing November 18 to December 30. Featured in the exhibit are artists Clara Ines Arana, Ron Boyd, Steven Brixner, Mardi Jo Cohen, Melissa Finelli, Angela Gerhard, Jane Groover, Carol Henning, Micki Lippe, Casey Miller, Rebecca Overmann, Boo Poulin, Reinstein/Ross, Joanna Rhoades, Christina Seebold, and Andrea Williams. 1615 ½ West Lewis St., San Diego, CA 92103; 619.692.0099.



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;


GALLERY FIVE celebrated its thirtieth season in October. The gallery, owned by Paula and Paul 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 silver and opal jewelry by Patricia McCleary, as well as recycled rubber jewelry by Kathleen Nowak Tucci. Anya SF offers new poly-fleece long jackets, and milliner Christine A. Moore brings several rain hats to the gallery. 140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555.


THE FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM presents Traditions and Innovations: Fuller Craft Museum Collects. First unveiled on October 22, the exhibit dedicates the Lampos Gallery to the ongoing exhibition of the museum’s permanent collection. The work is divided along three broad themes: The Vessel examines the functional container as a traditional form and ongoing source of inspiration of the contemporary maker; Abstraction and Figuration looks at the divergent means of expression between the representational and the abstract in craft; Medium, Method, and Meaning examines the relationship between the characteristics of the material, the development of technical ability and the meaning imparted by the maker to their work. The exhibition displays craft from a variety of disciplines, from basketry to jewelry. 455 Oak St., Brockton, MA 02301; 508.588.6000;


THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON presents Jewels, Gems and Treasures: Ancient to Modern, through November 25, 2012. Today, in the West, the diamond, pearl, emerald, sapphire, and ruby are considered 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;


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 explore connections between Native people, art traditions and cultures. East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970; 978.745.9500;


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;


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;


THE BARD GRADUATE CENTER hosts Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, through 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;


THE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN hosts Picasso to Koons: Artist as Jeweler, ending January 8, 2012. In an exhibition of over two hundred forty pieces, Picasso To Koons explores works from an array of artists, not known as jewelers, who have created works of jewelry both reminiscent of their existing artistic vocabulary and in other instances representing a departure from their oeuvre. 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777; 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;


THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK hosts an exhibit on Daphne Guinness through 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;


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;


THE NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM hosts Thomasin Durgin: Ring-A-Day, exploring Memphis artist Thomasin Durgin’s project, in which she made one ring a day for the year of 2010. This year, she has been making rings weekly. Ranging from fashionable and wearable pieces to politically-charged conceptual works, the collection illustrates a broad range of metalworking skills and techniques. For more information about her project, visit her blog at The exhibit ends January 4, 2012. 374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, TN 38106; 901.774.6380;


THE HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT holds In Residence 2010, an exhibition featuring the work of the center’s Artists-in-Residence, ending December 4. Created at the Center, the exhibition features works by Elaine Bradford, Libby DeLyria, Jessica Dupuis, Clark Kellogg, Pamela Sager, Kristi Rae Wilson, and Lisa Wilson. 4848 Main St., Houston, TX 77002; 713.529.4848;


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;


STONINGTON GALLERY hosts Joan Tenenbaum—A Sense of Place: The Ways We Connect to Our Earth, showing through November 26. In her 2011 solo exhibit, Joan Tenenbaum explores the ways in which traditional peoples have rooted themselves within their landscape in order to embrace life. Her work derives from her ever-deepening understanding of the Alaska Native communities where she lived and continues to visit. Tenenbaum creates jewelry expressing such themes as the seasonal subsistence cycle in her Alaskan family’s community, and how tradition and beliefs tie the community to their landscape. 119 South Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104; 206.405.4040.


THE TACOMA ART MUSEUM presents The Eloquent Silver Curve: The Jewelry of Flora Book, open through February 5, 2012. Flora Book has combined her passion for elegant jewelry with her interest in silver and a life-long study of textiles. Unlike many other Northwest jewelry artists who favor narrative content and the use of found objects, Book has focused almost exclusively on the expressive possibilities offered by meticulous strands of slender silver beads. For most of the last decade, Book’s work has evolved into other textile processes such as knitting and machine stitching. These works continue her exploration of the contrast between soft and hard while embracing an aesthetic that is more relaxed and expressive. Her use of reclaimed Mylar from potato chip bags or knitted silver chain allows the forms to be less rigid than her earlier works. Yet, even with these less structured forms, Book cultivates her signature elegant style through the eloquent silver curve. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma WA 98402; 253.272.4258;


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;



THE MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY IN VIENNA presents Naga People: Jewelry and Ashes, from February 1 through June 18, 2012. Long feared by their neighbors as notorious head-hunters, the Naga live in the mountainous northeast of India. They recorded the stories of their life and their world not in ink on paper but in a complex system of textile patterns, jewelry designs and wood carvings. Naga People features the jewelry and ornaments of this culture, accompanied by videos of Nagas being interviewed or singing. Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien, Vienna;


THE RUTHIN CRAFT CENTRE hosts Touching Gold: Jacqueline Mina, from November 19, 2011 through January 15, 2012. Featuring the work of the English goldsmith, the exhibit displays a collection of recent and new work, including previously unseen pieces. Mina recently had a major retrospective at the Goldmiths’ Company in London. Park Rd., Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1BB, Wales; 0.18.2470.4774.


THE DUTCH NATIONAL MUSEUM FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, or Museum Boerhaave, presents Katja Prins, Connexus: Science in Art-Jewelry, showing through January 8, 2012. Prins’s work is about the intimate modern relationship between human bodies and mechanical devices, medical technology and industry. She explores the body and portrays the body as an instrument, as a machine, and instruments/machines as extensions of the body. It is common these days for scientific researchers to intentionally blur the boundaries between their areas of work, in order to gain new insights. For the same reason, in her work Prins has merged the phenomena which have previously been her inspiration: the symbiosis between man and machine, plastic surgery, and gene and nano technology. Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10, Leiden 2312 WC, The Netherlands; 0.71.5214.224;



WOHOOOH!!!, a traveling gallery exhibition of jewelry, features the work of ten contemporary artists from five nations. The goal of the participating artists is to challenge preconceptions of material and concept, to experiment and to surprise the audience. WOHOOOH!!! will be shown at four galleries in Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, and Thailand. From December 15 – 22, 2011, the exhibit is shown at the Gaffa Gallery in Sydney, Australia; and at the Nanhai Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, from January 6 – 15, 2012.


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