Friday, March 28, 2008


"Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection,"
contemporary jewelry from a global perspective

Mar. 14-July 6, 2008

The exhibition traces the development of artist-made jewelry and honors its craft roots while also placing the work within a larger framework of seminal movements in 20th century art. Ornament as Art showcases a broad array of national and international works made between 1963 and 2006. The exhibition includes 300 objects, including 275 pieces of jewelry and drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks and sculptural constructions by the artists. 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 curator for the exhibition in Washington.

The Renwick has also organized a symposium, "A Grand Passion: Global Perspectives on Contemporary Art Jewelry," Apr. 12, 2008, with presentations by Drutt as well as artists Robert Baines, Claus Bury, Robin Kranitzky and Kim Overstreet.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery
The Renwick Gallery is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W., steps away from the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington.

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