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“Beyond Bling: Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection” showcases highlights from this important donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. See this book and more in this week’s news post.

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Exhibitions

Don’t miss Lauren Kalman’s exhibition “But if the Crime is Beautiful…” at the Museum of Art and Design. She has covered the inside and outside of MAD’s jewelry cases with 2,000 golden brass leaves. This and many more exhibitions in this week’s news post.

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In Remembrance: Betsy Douglas

Betsy Douglas Metal and BeyondWe are saddened to announce that long-time SNAG member Betsy Douglas passed away on September 2, 2016. Douglas was an Arizona icon in the metals field with an illustrious career. Her work ranged from modern designs in silver, gold, pewter and titanium to more recent work with lead computer frames, Chinese coins, aluminum, brass and copper. Douglas served on the SNAG board from 1992 to 1994. In 2014 her art was featured in the exhibition Betsy Douglas: Metal and Beyond at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Mesa, Arizona. As a maker, her strength was in the excellence of design and elegance of form.


Critical Craft Forum: Gender & Jewelry

Call for Papers
Deadline August 30, 2016

“Critical Craft Forum: Gender and Jewelry”
Chairs: Namita Gupta Wiggers, Critical Craft Forum and Benjamin Lignel, Art Jewelry Forum

Critical Craft ForumDespite the connection between jewelry and the body, significant critical analysis of the relationship between gender and adornment – particularly of contemporary art jewelry – is nascent at best. Critical Craft Forum is seeking papers that explore connections between this subject and forms of adornment, ornament, and art jewelry.

Submit 250-300 words on one specific question or issue about gender and jewelry in your research or art practice.
Email: namita_wiggers@yahoo.com, editor@artjewelryforum.org

Selected panelists (six) will be invited to participate in online private and public discussions preceding the College Art Association (CAA) conference (February 15-18, 2017, New York, NY) via Art Jewelry Forum and Critical Craft Forum.

At the CAA conference, panelists will each present a brief, focused eight-minute paper, to be followed by a workshop/discussion among panelists and attendees, to be led by Lignel and Wiggers. Session is scheduled for February 16, 2017.

The goals: to identify and work collaboratively with researchers and artists exploring the relationship between gender and jewelry; to work collectively prior to the panel to build a core group with shared interests; to publicly share individual research investigations in the CAA session; and to use the broader collective group of attendees gathered for the session to further questions, thinking and concerns to expand critical frameworks for further study. Collective project work for this session with panelists and panel attendees will be acknowledged and explored in a forthcoming publication – the first to critically examine gender and art jewelry – currently being researched by Lignel and Wiggers.


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Books & DVDs

“New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World” by Nicolas Estrada. This marvelously illustrated survey showcases 591 contemporary rings, created by nearly 300 designers from around the world, divided into five sections—one for each finger. A list of many more books is in this week’s news post.

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