Ornament News
Museums and Galleries 37.3

Star Map Cuff by Genevieve Yang




THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM features “Hollywood Red Carpet” through July 27, at its Ellman Fashion Design Gallery. The exhibition showcases the transformation from cinematic performance to red carpet glamour. Pairing photographs of each actress in costume for the role for which she was nominated with a selection of gowns worn to the Academy Awards, this exhibition illuminates the essential differences between the creative goals of the costume designer and the fashion designer. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685; 602.257.1880;




THE FOWLER MUSEUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES displays “Fowler in Focus: The Yaqui Masks of Carlos Castaneda” through August 17. With long beards cascading from their chins and hair sometimes falling over their eyes, the painted and etched wood masks by the Yaqui of northern Mexico are haunting, humorous, playful, and arresting. The exhibition showcases the collection of Yaqui pahko’ola masks and rattles field-collected in the 1960s by famed author and UCLA-trained anthropologist Carlos Castaneda. It includes video and photographs that show the masks in context and in performances during pahko’ola rituals. The masks are most often carved to resemble human faces or goat heads, and the name, pahko’ola, may be translated as “old man of the fiesta,” suggesting the wisdom and comprehensive knowledge associated with age. The masks usually employ red and white design elements on black backgrounds, and they are a part of birthdays, weddings, death ceremonies, religious holidays, and other celebrations. 308 Charles E Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024; 310.825.4361;


THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART hosts “Kimono for a Modern Age, 1900–1960” from July 5 through October 19. A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taisho (1912–1926) and Showa (1926–1989) periods. During the early twentieth century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. The kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90036; 323.857.6000;  


THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL presents its San Francisco show at the Festival Pavilion on the Fort Mason Center grounds from August 8–10, with more than two hundred twenty-five artisans in both traditional and alternative craft media. The Festival Pavilion provides a spacious environment for viewing some of the best craft artists from the West Coast, as well as other parts of the country, The show features various events, as well as a special sales section Charm, where jewelry artists have created charms, charm bracelets, cluster pendants, and pins. Shown are a Five Cone pendant by Sandra Enterline, Star Map Cuff by Genevieve Yang, Blue Geometry bracelet by Petra Class, a silk top by Deborah Cross, Winter Flower by Cheryl Rydmark, and The Universe Dances collar by Marianne Hunter. 


FREEHAND GALLERY hosted its 2014 Jewelry Show reception on April 26. Included in the reception were two lectures by participating artists Stephen L. Myhre, a New Zealand carver, and Ornament coeditor Robert K. Liu. Discussing the sustainable possibilities of bamboo as a jewelry material, Liu explained how he achieved the heat-bending of his bamboo torques, his prototypical method of steam-bending, and the limitations of growing enough black bamboo for use in jewelrymaking. Myhre presented his development as a carver, with additional information regarding tools and techniques. His slideshow displayed the breadth of his jewelry in various materials, from cobblestones, cow bone to jade. Also in attendance were jewelers Kate Lindsay, Michael Norman Bayes, Janna Gantt. and Jo Baxter. Shown are Freehand Gallery owner Carol Sauvion, director of the PBS TV series Craft in America, with guest lecturers Robert K. Liu and Stephen L. Myhre. 8413 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90048; 323.655.2607; 



GALLERY FIVE shows Kay Chapman’s hand-dyed silk shirts and Cynthia Chuang’s porcelain horse, frog and dolphin brooches. Also displayed are the works of Mary and Doug Hancok of Mummy’s Bundle, who take inspiration from Central and South American designs with handbeaded semiprecious stones, as well as Andrea LeBeau who makes handmade and handpainted shawls. 140 Bridge Rd., Tequesta, FL 33469; 561.747.5555;



THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART presents “African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye” through September 14. People often mistakenly think of African masks as wooden face coverings that hang on museum walls. Within their original communities, however, African masks performed in full costume to serve many vital functions. Music, song and dance are essential to their effectiveness. This show brings together dynamic works of art from western and central Africa, including several masquerades in full costume. 1280 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309; 404.733.4400;



THE CORNING MUSEUM features “René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass” through January 4, 2015. This exhibition brings together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860-1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a successful jeweler Lalique experimented with glass in his designs, which eventually led to a career in which he fully embraced the material. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830; 800.7332.6845;


THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY presents “Exposed: A History of Lingerie” through November 15. The exhibit examines intimate apparel from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, featuring over sixty objects from its permanent collection. Each of the pieces helps to illustrate key developments in fashion, such as changes in silhouette, shifting ideals of propriety and technological advancements. These selections include some of the most delicate, luxurious and immaculately crafted objects in the institution’s holdings. Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558;

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN features “Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography” through September 14. The jewelers in the exhibition draw inspiration from historic daguerreotypes to manipulated digital images. More than eighty artists from over twenty countries are represented. The connection between photography and jewelry extends back more than one hundred fifty years to the invention of the photographic process. The exhibition will provide historical context for this evolving relationship by also presenting nineteenth-century pieces. 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777;


THE MINT MUSEUM hosts “Allure Of Flowers: Botanical Motifs In Craft, Design, & Fashion” at its uptown location through August 10. Floral patterns have appeared in decorative arts since ancient times. Inspired by the forms, colors and textures of the botanical world, artists from across the globe have copied and interpreted individual flowers, bouquets and gardens in glass, ceramic, textile, and jewelry design. The exhibition features a survey of works from the mid-nineteenth century to today that illustrate the evolution of floral ornament in modern and contemporary applied art. Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202; 704.337.2000;


THE KENT STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM unveils “Shifting Paradigms: Fashion + Technology,” a new exhibit showing through August 31. The exhibition addresses pioneering applications of technology that will have a transformative effect on future artistic expression, image and clothing. The exhibition is divided into four categories: Generative Technology Design, Democracy of Preference/Subversion of Traditional Production, DIY, Technology, and Expression. These four categories illustrate how designers are creatively addressing technology in a wide variety of forms to convey changing twenty-first century culture. East Main Street and South Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242; 330.672.3450;


THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT hosts “Fashioning Cascadia” through October 11. This exhibit shows the work of regional clothiers including those involved in all aspects of design and production and focuses on new production models based on locally-sourced and produced supply chains. It also honors the Fibershed ideology laid out by Rebecca Burgess that emphasizes regional and slow fiber systems similar to those appearing in the culinary field. Also explored is the craft of use, or the circulation, modification and social meaning that becomes embedded in garments. For example, how the use of heirloom narrative and re-skilling is a way of examining individual behavior, and prevailing attitudes towards clothing as a disposable commodity. 724 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209; 503.223.2654;


THE PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART presents “Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly” as a corolloray exhibition to the museum’s Patrick Kelly exhibit. Showing through November 30, the exhibit follows the fashion of Gerlan Marcel. Launched in 2009 by the New York–based designer and graphic artist (born 1976), Gerlan Jeans reinterprets Kelly’s signature bows, buttons and other bold embellishments to create clothes for men and women “who have a sense of fearlessness in the way they dress.” Similar to Kelly’s fashions, which were inspired by the designer’s Mississippi childhood, Gerlan Jeans reflects Marcel’s midwestern upbringing, in particular her teenage experiences with American mall culture and admiration for 1980s and 1990s jeans brands such as Esprit and Benetton. 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130; 215.763.8100;




THE NATIONAL ORNAMENTAL METAL MUSEUM presents “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor To Amulets” through September 7. Curated by Suzanne Ramljak, editor of Metalsmith magazine, the exhibit showcases some eighty works—including helmets, brass knuckles, breastplates, aggressive or defensive jewelry, chain mail, amulets, talismans, and protective gear—all designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges. 374 Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, TN 38106; 877.881.2326;


THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON hosts “Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait” through August 31. Among the highlights showcased in this display are Mughal jewelry, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, and decorated ceiling panels. More than sixty examples from the eighth to eighteenth centuries are on view, made in the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005; 713.639.7300;


FACERE JEWELRY ART GALLERY unveils “Tilling Time/Telling Time”, a new exhibition showing from August 20 through September 10. The exhibit’s focus explores tales told and times past. The exhibition is in conjunction with the launch of gallery owner Karen Lorene’s newest novel of the same name and theme. Nine jewelry artists will display their work in the exhibit, and include Kit Carson, Jude Clarke, Kevin Crane, Marita Dingus, Bob Ebendorf, Cynthia Toops, Roberta & David Williamson, Deb Karash and Anne Fischer. An opening reception will be held on August 20 with lectures by participating artists, and a book reading by Lorene. 1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 108, Seattle, WA 98101; 206.624.6768;


THE TEXTILE MUSEUM features “Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories” in late 2014 at its new location at George Washington University. This blockbuster exhibition will unite textiles from across cultures to explore expressions of individual, cultural, political, and social identity throughout the ages. The exhibition will feature more than one hundred pieces that span three thousand years and five continents.



THE MCCLUNG MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND CULTURE presents “Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork” through June 1. Of the many things American Indians acquired through trade, few items held greater value than glass beads, and female artists throughout much of Native North America quickly mastered the craft of beadworking. This exhibition presents exemplary selections of beadwork, primarily from four culture areas—Plains, Great Lakes, Subarctic, and Northeast—and explores the techniques, as well as their functional and cultural significance.



MODEMUSEUM PROVINCE OF ANTWERP hosts “Birds Of Paradise: Plumes and Feathers in Fashion” through August 24. The museum re-opened in March and this first exhibit explores a mixture of accessories, garments and couture dresses. The different characteristics of the various plumes and feathers are highlighted: sophistication, femininity, wealth, luxury, but also dark romance. Accessories with ostrich, pheasant and marabou feathers showcase fashion in the Belle Époque at the end of the nineteenth century. The roaring twenties were the true heydays of garment feathers, as they were used in accessories such as boas and hats for flappers. Gabrielle Chanel and Marlène Dietrich also made elaborate use of feathers in their work. The work of Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester is also on display. Nationalestraat 28, Antwerp 2000, Belgium; 32.3.470.2770;


THE TEXTILE MUSEUM OF CANADA hosts “Fashioning the Intangible: The conceptual clothing of Ying Gao” through September 1. The garments of Canadian designer Ying Gao appear to be made of air and light. Bridging art, science and technology, Gao’s clothing employs poetic effects developed through computational systems, motors, sensors, embedded electronics, pneumatic, and interactive technologies. A focus on urban cultures and transformation is central to this exhibition, which presents six installations produced between 2008 and 2013. 55 Centre Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2H5, Canada; 416.599.5321;  




MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS hosts “Fashion Space: Dries Van Noten” through August 31. Van Noten’s collections and those of the museum will more closely examine the fashion designer’s work. As the first step in this process, nineteenth-century prints selected from the museum’s archives by Van Noten have been replicated and applied to garments of his collection for men for his spring/summer 2014. 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 75001, France;;




THE SCHMUCK MUSEUM IN PFORZHEIM features “Jewellery by Winfried Kruger” from July 19 through October 19. This goldsmith and jewelry designer worked as an instructor at the Technical College of Pforzheim’s Goldsmithing School until 2010 and was awarded the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Arts and Crafts in 1992. Kruger’s jewelry maintains a singular aesthetic of well-defined contours, bold shapes and surface texture, as well as liberal use of contrast whatever his medium, be it silver, enamel or paper. Jahnstrasse 42, Pforzheim d-75173, Germany; 49.0.7231.39.21.26;



THE FASHION MUSEUM IN BATH features “David Sassoon: A Life in Fashion – Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany” through January 1, 2015. In 2011 British fashion designer David Sassoon donated his archive of hundreds of fashion drawings from the late 1950s to the 2000s to the Fashion Museum in Bath. Three years later in 2014 this special display at the museum celebrates both the gift of the archive to the museum, and the three extraordinary designers—Belinda Belville, David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullany—who together have run this uniquely British fashion house for over fifty years. Twenty-five evening dresses have been assembled by Sassoon, borrowed especially for the display at the Fashion Museum in Bath. Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett St., Bath, BA1 2QH, United Kingdom; 44.0.1225.477789;


THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM hosts “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014” through July 27. The exhibition is a comprehensive look at Italian fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story will be explored through the key individuals and organizations that have contributed to Italy’s reputation for quality and style. On display are ninety ensembles and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses through to the next generation of fashion talent. Cromwell Rd., London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom; 44.20.7942.2000;  




THE MUSEUM OF THE DISSENY IN BARCELONA presents “THE CLOTHED BODY: Silhouettes and Fashion (1550-2014)” at the museum’s reopening in December 2014. The exhibit will feature a large selection of clothing and fashion from the sixteenth century to the present. This superb display of one hundred seventy pieces will enable spectators to admire many historic items, including both works from the Rocamora Collection and the latest acquisitions by more recent fashion designers and dressmakers. Pl. de les Glòries Catalanes, 37-38, (Edifici Disseny Hub Barcelona), Barcelona 08018; 93.256.6800;




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