Photo:© Stanley Lechtzin Courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art
Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection (Renwick)
March 14 through July 6, 2008
Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection explores contemporary jewelry from a global perspective using a multilayered assessment of its history and critical issues in the field with a close examination of the objects themselves. The exhibition encourages an appreciation of contemporary jewelry beyond its traditional boundaries while honoring its craft roots by placing the work in context with seminal movements in the non-craft art world. Approximately 300 objects, including 275 pieces of jewelry, 20 drawings and watercolors and five constructions and sculptures, are included in the exhibition. Cindi Strauss, curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts and design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, organized the exhibition; Robyn Kennedy, chief of the Renwick Gallery, is coordinating the exhibition in Washington.
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