Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is presenting an exhibition of avant-garde jewelry design from the late 20th century up through May 28, 2018.
The exhibit is featuring nearly 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. “Jewelry of Ideas” will illuminate the radical conceptual and material developments in jewelry design that have transformed the field.
Titled “Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection” is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, the 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.
Participating artists for the Ornamentum Gallery include David Bielander, Johanna Dahm, Sam Tho Duong, Iris Eichenberg, Jantje Fleischhut, Hanna Hedman, John Iversen, Jiro Kamata, Ted Noten, Ruudt Peters, Katja Prins and Petra Zimmermann.
Cooper Hewitt is the America’s only museum dedicated to historic and contemporary design, with a collection of over 210,000 design objects. These span over thirty centuries and the museum is located in the landmark Andrew Carnegie mansion and boasting a beautiful public garden, Cooper Hewitt makes design come alive with unique temporary exhibitions and installations of the permanent collection.
It is one of the 19th century museums that comes under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution and is one of three Smithsonian facilities located in New York City. In the similar category are George Gustav Heye Center in Bowling Green and the Archives of American Art New York Research Center in the Flatiron District. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is also the only one in the United States devoted to historical and contemporary design. Its collections and exhibitions explore approximately 240 years of design aesthetic and creativity.