Tacoma Museum Exhibits Ornament As Art

‘Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry’ is the name of an exhibition of works from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection prepared to be displayed at Tacoma Art Museum, Washington from June 6 to September 13, 2009.

Ornament as Art is the first major exhibition of contemporary jewelry to fully explore its impact as a global art form.

Drawing from the highly regarded collection of jewelry expert, gallerist, and educator Helen Williams Drutt, the exhibition examines the art and design of contemporary jewelry, placing it firmly within the artistic movements of the 20th century.

Beginning with jewelry made in the 1960s, when a dramatic shift occurred in how ornament and jewelry were perceived, and continuing through to works made in the 1980s and 1990s, the exhibition explores the avant-garde nature of the works, the artist’s sometimes controversial use of scale and form, as well as the value placed on concepts and ideas rather than precious materials.

From: www.tacomaartmuseum.org
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