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Museums and Galleries 35.4

THE AMERICAN CRAFT EXPOSITION shows from August 23 – 26. The Exposition is a nationally renowned exhibition and sale of fine craft where attendees can meet the artists behind the work. This show gathers the country’s finest artists and more than a dozen emerging artists showcasing new achievements in metal, glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, leather, wood, mixed media, and baskets. Funds raised at ACE directly support pioneering research being conducted at NorthShore that is already showing promising results in preventing ovarian cancer in at-risk women. The show takes place at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus. Shown are shibori jacket by Amy Nguyen, wood sculpture by John Mascoll, bead necklace by JoAnn Baumann, brooch by Tai Kim, and ceramic vase by Patrick Dragon. The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Northwestern University, 2311 North Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208;



THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM displays The Sea, an exhibit at the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery through July 15. This exhibition explores the far-reaching influence of the romance of the sea on fashion design. Featuring ensembles from the nineteenth century to the current collections, the designs included are drawn from the Museum’s extensive permanent collection, private collections and international fashion houses including Emilio Pucci, Emanuel Ungaro and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. 1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.257.1222;


nobel-egg-faberge-silver THE BOWERS MUSEUM presents Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars, through January 6, 2013. Perhaps best known for Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian Royal family, the House of Fabergé also fashioned jewelry and luxurious gifts for many ruling families of Europe, as well as other wealthy patrons. Some examples of the items on display are personal gifts to the Tsar and Tsarina, a tiara, the Fire Screen picture frame, and the Nobel Ice Egg, one of the few Imperial-styled eggs in private hands. The jewelry, clocks, picture frames, boxes, and eggs in this collection have been thoughtfully selected to exemplify extraordinary materials and workmanship. Shown are the Empress Josephine Tiara, and the Nobel Ice Egg, with a rock crystal and diamond pendant watch that is included with the egg. 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92706; 714.567.3600;


THE MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM displays Hats & Headdresses: Selections from the Permanent Collection, showing through September 9. Celebrating the breadth and depth of Mingei’s permanent collection, this exhibition features hats and headdresses from cultures and countries around the world. Simple, straw peasant hats from Southeast Asia will be featured alongside colorful South American felted hats and beaded African headgear. 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101; 619.239.0003;


SILVER BLUE AND GOLD GALLERY pairs photography and jewelry in Big Inspiration, a show inspired by the coast of Big Sur, California. The exhibit shows photography by Marni Grossman and new works of botanical jewelry by Karin Worden. A portion of proceeds from exhibition sales will be donated to conservation and research organizations in Big Sur. The exhibition runs from July 5 through August. 1492 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651; 949.715.3000.


TABOO STUDIO presents Structure and Purpose, a jewelry exhibit featuring artists Emanuela Duca, Anne Hallam, Mary Kanda, Gina Pankowski, Beth Solomon, Deb Stoner, and Yuko Yagisawa. The exhibition opens August 10 and closes September 21. 1615 ½ West Lewis St., San Diego, CA 92103; 619.692.0099.

new-guinea-painted-barkcloth THE FOWLER MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES presents Second Skins: Painted Barkcloth from New Guinea and Central Africa, through August 26. The exhibit juxtaposes two separate traditions of fabricating vibrantly graphic clothing from the inner bark of trees: one shared by diverse peoples who live in and around the Ituri rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the other produced by the Ömie of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. Focusing on twentieth century and contemporary iterations of possibly ancient traditions, the exhibition will explore barkcloth’s contemporary “migration” from the body to the gallery wall, highlighting the genre’s artistic inventiveness and the differing ways the two traditions have interacted with the international art market. Shown are Mbuti barkcloth, and Odunaigë by Vivian Marumi from Papua New Guinea. West Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Place, Los Angeles, California 90077; 310.825.4361;


THE DENVER ART MUSEUM hosts Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, ending July 8. A retrospective of the designer’s forty years of creativity, the exhibition features a selection of two hundred haute couture garments along with numerous photographs, drawings and films that illustrate the development of Saint Laurent’s style and the historical foundations of his work. Organized thematically, the presentation melds design and art to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his evening dresses from 2002. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204; 720.865.5000;


THE DURANGO ARTS CENTER presents TOP, a juried fashion design exhibition, show and auction exhibiting from September 18 – 21. The fashion show and auction will take place on the 21st. New Face Productions, the fund- and awareness-raising group hosting the show, invited artists to submit original fashion designs using the T-shirt style garments or fabric provided by NFP. Artists will be receiving fifty percent commission on successfully auctioned designs. 802 East 2nd Ave., Durango, CO 81301; 970.259.2606;


GALLERY FIVE features new work in jewelry. Lisa Ceccorulli presents oxidized and brushed sterling silver pendants with minimalistic design. Susan Green and Teresa Goodall show their beaded creations in a variety of necklaces.
140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555.


THE HEADLEY-WHITNEY MUSEUM exhibits The Cutting Edge II: Gem and Jewelry Invitational through July 8. This exhibition features the beautiful creations of over twenty contemporary jewelers and gem carvers. This is gems and minerals shown at their finest in necklaces, brooches, rings, eyewear, and everyday objects like pens and spoons.
4435 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510; 859.255.6653;




yemeni-silver-braceletyemeni-silver-necklace THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM features Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen, showing from October 27 through January 20, 2013. This focus show of approximately twenty-five objects introduces Yemeni-Jewish silverwork from the Zucker Family Trust collection. The rarely exhibited pieces dating from the seventeenth to nineteenth century are inscribed in Hebrew and Arabic and reference the Muslim ruler and Jewish craftsman. From the inception of Islam in the seventh century, Jewish and Muslim communities co-existed in Yemen, although few Jews live there today. Yemeni-Jewish craftsmen produced beautiful silver pieces characterized by elaborate granulation and filigree decoration for Muslim and Jew alike. This exhibition explores the significant role and superb craftsmanship of the Jewish silversmith in the Arab world. Shown are silver bracelet, woman’s silver headband, and pair of triangular pendants from a woman’s headpiece. 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201; 410-547-9000;




THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART’s Costume Institute will be reopening after renovations in 2014. While renovations are in progress, the institute will host Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: On Fashion at the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the museum's first floor, ending August 19. The exhibition explores the striking affinities between these two Italian designers from different eras. Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair in the 1930s, fictive conversations between these iconic women will suggest new readings of their most innovative work. Approximately eighty designs—by Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) from the late 1920s to the early 1950s, and by Miuccia Prada from the late 1980s to the present—will be displayed. Signature objects by both designers will be compared and contrasted to explore the impact of their aesthetics and sensibilities on contemporary notions of fashionability. 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028; 212.535.7710;


THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NEW YORK features Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part Two through November 10. The Museum at FIT has long been recognized for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, but less well known is the fact that their permanent collection encompasses more than fifty thousand garments and accessories and thirty thousand textiles dating from the eighteenth century to the present. The Museum has organized two consecutive exhibitions in the Fashion and Textile History Gallery that celebrate the best of the permanent collection. Since its collection is especially strong in designer fashion from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it was decided to organize an exhibition that focuses on modern and contemporary fashion and accessories. Seventh Avenue at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558;


THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN presents Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta through September 23. This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta (1903-1964), a pioneer in American studio jewelry whose modernist creations remain as fresh and vital today as when they were initially conceived in the mid-twentieth century. Featuring De Patta’s most spectacular brooches, pendants and rings, Space-Light-Structure explores the major contributions of this groundbreaking San Francisco artist and sheds new light on her radical design philosophy. 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777;


KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM displays On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life, through August 26. On the Home Front focuses on the daily life and experiences of the American civilian population during the Civil War and in the years immediately following. The pieces on exhibit, including women’s and children’s costumes, supplemented with related photographs, decorative arts and women’s magazines, are organized thematically. Far from being a simple trivial diversion during such a critical period, fashion provides a unique window into the lived experience of Americans during the Civil War. East Main St. and South Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450;


STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS hosts Finer Things: Jewelry & Accessories from the 1880s – 1930s through October 7. Stan Hywet is the former home of F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The focus of this exhibition is to display the type of jewelry that F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling might have worn during the time that they lived at Stan Hywet. This refers to both jewelry that is appropriate in style to the time period and also of the quality that people of their social status and wealth might have owned. 714 North Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303; 330.836.5533;


THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART presents Craft Spoken Here, an exhibition on view through August 12. Drawn mainly from the Museum’s rich holdings, Craft Spoken Here celebrates the artform of craft with about fifty objects ranging from large sculptural works to small pieces of jewelry that represent a diversity of cultures. The objects are accompanied by works borrowed from private collections and artists, all brought together to reinforce the importance of craft to the Museum’s mission. Through these objects, a larger discussion about how museums, collectors, artists, and critics approach and understand craft, and, of course, about how the universal language of craft is evolving, may begin. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130; 215.763.8100;




THE NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM hosts Tributaries: Marlene True through August 26. True received her B.F.A from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and M.F.A. in metals from East Carolina University. She is currently Program Director for Pocosin Arts’ Metal Arts Business Program in Columbia, North Carolina. She has taught workshops and given lectures at colleges, universities and art centers including Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Craft Alliance in St. Louis. Her work is in various collections throughout the US and most recently the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles and The Racine Museum of Art in Racine, Wisconsin. 374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, TN 38106; 901.774.6380;




THE HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM AND GARDENS presents Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave through December 30. Inspired by the rich history of fashion represented in European paintings, famous costumes in museum collections and designs of the grand couturiers, Isabelle de Borchgrave has turned her passion for painting toward the recreation of elaborate costumes—crumpling, pleating, braiding, and painting the surface of simple rag paper to achieve the effect of textiles and create the illusion of haute couture. By reconstructing dresses from key periods in fashion history, Prêt-à-Papier presents a range of styles from the late seventeenth to the early twentieth century. 4155 Linnean Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008; 202.686.5807;


THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF WASHINGTON, D.C. hosts Woven Treasures of Japan’s Tawaraya Workshop through August 12. Japan has a remarkably refined textil e tradition, and for centuries the Japanese have admired the silks produced in the Nishijin neighborhood of Kyoto as the epitome of beauty and opulence. Woven Treasures will feature some of the sumptuous pieces created in one of Nishijin’s oldest and most illustrious workshops: Tawaraya. With a history stretching back more than five hundred years, the Tawaraya workshop is renowned for supplying the Japanese Imperial Household with yusoku orimono—fine silks in patterns, weaves and color combinations traditionally reserved for the garments and furnishings of the aristocracy, including the Emperor. 2320 South St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008; 202.667.0441;




emilie-trudel-brooch GALERIE NOEL GUYOMARC’H hosts Les Cobayes (The Subjects) from September 21 through October 7, presenting creations in jewelry made by artists during workshops led by Noel Guyomarc’h. During these meetings, the participants must realize objects or jewelry based on a theme, idea or concept, or by challenging themselves with stimulating materials. Shown is a brooch by Emilie Trudel. 4836 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec H2T 1R5, Canada; 514.840.9362.


THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA hosts Perpetual Motion: Material Re-use in the Spirit of Thrift, Utility and Beauty, showing through September 3. Combining the old with the new has been an enduring practice across centuries of textile production, providing a unique lens on the evolution of cultural histories, narratives and identities. In many cultures, cloth is precious, and cherished fabrics or worn out fragments have often be reused in inventive ways, employing techniques that have developed from utilitarian needs to a high level of sophistication. The reuse and reinvention of textiles to create new clothing and items for household use can been tied to scarcity, as well as to the high value placed on cloth for its aesthetic beauty and cultural weight. 55 Centre Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5G 2H5, Canada; 416.599.5321;




Shan-Shui-Shui-Mo-V-Shui-Zhong-Shu THE BISHOP LEI INTERNATIONAL HOUSE hosts the work of jeweler Tricia Tang, through June 30. Her exhibit is part of a joint exhibition with her father, Tang Cheong Shing. Cheong Shing is an established Chinese calligraphy and seal carver; whereas Tricia Tang is a contemporary jewelry artist. The two are different in terms of creative direction, generation, concept, medium, as well as mind set. Nevertheless, both of them are passionate in art, and Tang Cheong Shing has a great influence on Tricia Tang. Their works employ the same materials, but utilize different concepts and medium. Shown are Shan Shui Shui Mo °V Shui Zhong Shui necklace, It is the Buddhism I Respect and the Catholicism I Embrace necklace, and What I have Become stamps on paper necklace. Bishop Lei International House, Lobby & Terrace Room, 4 Robinson Road, Mid-levels, Hong Kong, China.




THE SCHMUCK MUSEUM IN PFORZHEIM hosts the Universal Language of Ornamentation, through September 30. Ornamental designs count among the earliest signs of human cultural activity. Starting from simple carvings in various archaeological finds via intertwining lines to Baroque opulence, ornaments can also be found in jewelry. This show presents the wide variety of ornamental forms of expression in jewelry, from Europe, India and East Asia.
Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim d-75173, Germany; 49.0.7231.39.21.26;




treasure-to-pleasure-by-silvia-weidenbach JERWOOD VISUAL ARTS hosts Jerwood Makers Open, an exhibit of five rising stars in craft, from ceramic artists and sculptors to glass artists and jewelers. Jewelry artist Silvia Weidenbach combines traditional gold and silversmithing skills with contemporary technologies such as 3D printing. For the exhibition, she will craft three chunky neckpieces, using objects she has collected or created as a starting point. By photographing these objects and then using digital symmetry computer programs, Weidenbach designs new forms for her jewelry pieces. She prints the forms in 3D to create prototypes which are then adapted and cast in resin, silver or titanium before being embellished with precious and semiprecious stones. Shown are Made to Treasure and Pleasure pieces 2 and 4. 171 Union Street, Bankside, London SE1 0LN, Great Britain;


THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM hosts Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, showing through January 6, 2013. The exhibit will be the first exhibition in the newly renovated Fashion Galleries and will feature beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening gowns and catwalk showstoppers. There is a strong British design tradition of creating sumptuous ballgowns, one that has been upheld in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries through the work of designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. The exhibition will cover more than sixty years of a tradition that continues to flourish. Cromwell Rd., London SW7 2RL, Great Britain; 0.20.7942.2000;


THE WHITWORTH ART GALLERY displays We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today, through September 16. We Face Forward is a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, taking place across three galleries, two museums, four music venues, libraries, community spaces, and on an art bus. It features thirty-three artists and a host of musicians from eleven West African countries. Major new sculptural installations, painting, drawing, photography, textiles, video, sound, and fashion ask us to consider global questions of trade and commerce, cultural influence, environmental destruction, and identity. Oxford Rd., Manchester M15 6ER, Great Britain; 0.16.1275.7450.




Il-Portale-spilla-emblema-del-sito-Hab-brooch MAISON CIRIO, a noted jewelry house from Turin, Italy, announced on May 4 the first International Enrico Cirio Talent Award Competition, aimed at young aspiring designers. In participation with the European Institute of Design of Turin, the competition, themed Matter and Movement, will give two prizes in the Youth and Designer categories. Enrico Cirio, founder of the Maison Cirio and one of the most exclusive Italian masters of the goldsmith’s art, who passed away in 2007, was an enthusiast of mechanisms and shapes as shown by the sculpture pieces he made. The participants in the competition will have to create works inspired by the jewels of the master and which will also enhance the concepts through some specific mechanical movements. Entries are due by July 13 and October 15, for the Youth and Designer categories respectively. Shown is Hab brooch and Cactus ring.




THE SCOTTISH GALLERY presents Maker, an exhibition on the work of engraver and jeweler Malcolm Appleby, showing from July 4 – 28. Often using silver and gold, Appleby creates tumblers, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, belt buckles, and cufflinks. His engraving adds subtle and complicated surface design to many of his pieces. The gallery is also hosting jewelry showcases of the work of Claus Bjerring and Jacqueline Ryan from August 3 through September 5. This will be Claus Bjerring’s first showcase in the gallery. He is a Danish silversmith and jeweler. 16 Dundas St., Edinburgh EH3 6HZ, Scotland; 44.0131.558.1200.




THE SWEDISH NATIONAL MUSEUM hosts Slow Art, an exhibition showing through January 20, 2013. The exhibit celebrates a contemporary movement in fine craft where technique, materials and the work process are considered especially important. Some thirty silver, textile, glass, and ceramic objects, all of them unique and crafted with care, will be on display. Inherent in the slow process of creation is respect for the audience­—the kind of respect that is often lacking in today’s modern society, dominated by mass production and mass consumption. Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Stockholm 111 48, Sweden; 46 8-5195 4410;




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