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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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Compelling Questions: Nanz Aalund

This is SNAG’s third installment of “Compelling Questions.” We pose a question to one or more people in the field of jewelry and metals and post their answer(s). This month we hear from Nanz Aalund about “Paradigm.”

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Exhibitions

The permanent collection returns to the Renwick Gallery with a dynamic new presentation of more than 80 objects celebrating craft as a discipline and an approach to living differently in the modern world. This and more exhibitions can be found in this week’s news post.

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“Metal Man: The Story of Victor Ries”

Victor ReisWatch “Metal Man” on May 16, 2016 at 9:00pm PST, Bay Area PBS Station 22 KCRB

“Metal Man” is a fascinating documentary about the gifted artist and jeweler named Victor Ries. Born in Germany in 1907, Victor lived and worked until 2013, when he was 106 years old. After his apprenticeship as a silversmith, Victor fled the Nazis to Palestine, ultimately landing in Northern California just as the post-war crafts revival was beginning.

As both a highly regarded teacher and visionary artist, Victor Ries’ work has earned great respect. Victor’s mastery of metal and the range of his work, from small jewelry pieces to large scale art installations, are featured in synagogues and churches.

“Metal Man” was produced, directed and narrated by Bill Chayes. It premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October, 2014. This enchanting short movie flows colorfully, sprinkled with words, metal work and drawings by Ries, as well as conversations with Alan Revere. This is an inspiring story of a man who spent 85 years as a working artist, his times and the evolution of crafts in America.