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NYCJW: “They Did What?” Mid-20th Century Studio Jewelers and How Their Groundbreaking Work Continues to Shape the Field Today

November 23, 2019 at 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

NYC Jewelry Week logoJoin us for “They Did What?!” Mid-20th Century Studio Jewelers and How Their Groundbreaking Work Continues to Shape the Field Today, a lecture focused on the work of  jewelers: Art Smith, Margaret De Patta, Alexander Calder, Merry Renk, Margret Craver, Sam Kramer, Miyé Matsukata and Winifred Mason.

This lecture, by studio jeweler and Professor Heather White, explores important developments in art jewelry from the middle of the twentieth century to the present. The jewelers included in the lecture have deep ties to the Northeast, and many lived, worked, or studied in Boston and New York.

White will discuss how these pioneers of jewelry helped lay the foundation for contemporary studio jewelers working today. These early practitioners shared a passion for technical, conceptual, and formal innovations that set them apart from commercial jewelers of their time. The lecture points to the ways in which these artists challenged the limited scope of jewelry and revolutionized adornment.

About the Presenter:

Heather White is a studio jeweler and Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt+Design). She is a Fulbright Scholar and Brother Thomas Fellowship recipient. In 2018 she curated the exhibition Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry then and Now at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA. Her works can be seen in The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques, Metalsmith and Sculpture Magazines. Her jewelry is in the following collections: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Museum of Art and Design, NYC, the Rotasa Foundation, Mill Valley, CA, Samual Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, and the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

This event is part of New York City Jewelry Week (NYCJW). FIT is the official education partner.

New York City Jewelry Week is free and open to the public; RSVP for this event here


November 23, 2019
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
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