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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

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Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, New York, NY

Reception and Collectors’ Conversation
November 16, 2017
6:30pm-8:00pm
Opening reception, exhibition viewing, and book signing with collector Susan Grant Lewin and contemporary jewelry scholar Ursula Ilse Neuman, who will discuss works on view. View full event details & purchase tickets.

 

Symposium
November 17, 2017
10:30am-5:00pm
Explore the world of contemporary jewelry design with esteemed scholars and renowned jewelers during this day-long symposium highlighting the exhibition. Hear from: Jamie Bennett, Doug Bucci, Helen Drutt, Iris Eichenberg, Thomas Gentille, Bruce Metcalf, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Lindsay Pollock, and Kiff Slemmons. View full event details & purchase tickets.

Celebrating a major gift of contemporary jewelry from Susan Grant Lewin to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the exhibition features nearly 150 objects by over 100 modern and contemporary jewelry designers and makers from eighteen countries, from the late 1940s to the present. Lewin, a preeminent collector in the field, has acquired many significant and unique pieces during forty-plus years of collecting. These works were chosen as superb examples of the creators’ explorations of ornament and idea, social commentary and communication, and for their innovative use of materials, approaches to design process, and technique.

Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, William P. Short III, in memory of Nancy Jean Fulop Short, Helen W. Drutt English, Kim and Al Eiber and Ornamentum Gallery.

Featured Image: Tiara, Bracelets and X-Form Brooch from the Candy Wear Series (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), 1999-2001; Daniel Jocz (American, b. 1943); Electroformed, assembled and soldered silver covered in electrostatically applied rayon flocking bonded with adhesive; magnets (clasps); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,2016-34-49/51; Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

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SWEEPS is Back!

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Do you have metal scraps or old/broken jewelry just sitting around? Did you know you could do good with that stuff just cluttering up your jewelry box?

SNAG and Ethical Metalsmiths are again teaming up for SWEEPS! Just toss those scraps or broken jewelry (refine-able metals like gold or silver) in a bag and bring it to the SNAG conference in New Orleans. Or you can ship it to us during the month of May (see donation form instructions). Hoover and Strong will refine the metals and donate the money back the two organizations equally. Good for you and good for the organizations that support our field!

Every little scrap helps — look for the drop off site at the conference or ship it! Thank you!


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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Exibition in Motion 2016

We want to share some fabulous images from this year’s Exhibition in Motion!

EiM 2016 10The event took place in May at SNAGneXt in Asheville, NC. A tradition at SNAG’s annual conference, the Exhibition in Motion is a live fashion show and fundraising event featuring models wearing cutting edge jewelry.

This year’s theme was Xchange: Fashioning Intersections. The idea was collaboration, calibration and cooperation, where the pieces were made in partnerships and celebrate large scale sculpture worn on the body. The 2016 coordinators were Matt Lambert and Louise Perrone (pictured at right).

Enjoy these images of some of the pieces. Photographs taken by Micah McKenzie.

EiM 2016 1Joshua DeMonte & Emily Cobb, Flock Tower

EiM 2016 2Jan Smith & Linda Savineau, Evening Lasso

EiM 2016 3Lisa Klakulak & Sarah West, untitled

EiM 2016 4Katy Cassell & Elizabeth Shanks, Unfurling

EiM 2016 5Suebin Lee & Sunyoung Cheong, Ruffs

EiM 2016 7Boris Bally & Irene Walker, ROR: Release on Recognizance (Rosary of Rounds)

EiM 2016 9Tara Wilkins & Kathryn Osgood, Papaver Orientale

EiM 2016 8Alissa Lamarre & Jane Ritchie, Routine Maintenance

EiM 2016 6Christine Cooper Hill & Kelly Nye, Big Gems

The 2016 Exhibition in Motion was sponsored by:

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“Simple Steps” Training from Flourish & Thrive

Exclusive FREE live training for SNAG members! Flourish & Thrive presents a FREE live training, “The Simple Steps Method: From the Jeweler’s Bench to Thriving Brand,” on Wednesday, September 30th at 5:00pm EDT.

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