There are a bunch of fun museum exhibitions featuring jewelry this fall and I think all are worth seeing. So, if you are traveling or happen to live in one of these places, go visit!!
Starting November 13th through January 11, 2016, 300 pieces of authentic Navajo jewelry will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, located in downtown Manhattan. Glittering World presents the story of Navajo jewelry through the lens of the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico, one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time. The silver, gold, and stone inlay work of Lee Yazzie and his younger brother, Raymond, has won every major award in the field. Their sister Mary Marie makes outstanding jewelry that combines fine bead and stonework. The diversity of design in the pieces reflects a long history of migrations, trade and cultural exchange, and the jewelry emphasizes reciprocity, harmony, balance and respect for family.
This exhibit is open now and runs through December 23, 2014. The exhibit marks Verdura’s 75th Anniversary on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The Power of Style, is a retrospective exhibition featuring over 150 jewels created by the master jeweler Duke Fulco di Verdura. The exhibit is being shown only in New York. The hours are Monday thru Friday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays starting November 29 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The address is 745 Fifth Avenue in gallery space adjacent to Verdura’s flagship location.
The exhibition opens November 16th and runs through March 15, 2015. The Denver Art Museum will showcase more than 250 pieces of jewelry, watches and other precious objects produced by Cartier and traces the brand’s history from 1900 to 1975. This exhibition highlights Cartier’s rise to preeminence and the historical events pushing the Maison’s, or design house’s, evolution as it transformed itself into one of the world’s most prestigious names in jewelry and luxurious accessories.
Death Becomes Her opens October 21st and runs through February 1, 2015. This Costume Institute exhibition will explore the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries through the attire, accessories and jewelry worn by people in mourning throughout history.
The exhibit is open and runs through January 4, 2015 at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. The exhibiton will showcase the clothing and jewelry from the award winning PB series Downton Abbey. Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Forty historically inspired costumes from the television show are displayed and supplemented by photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur so visitors have the chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century.
Let me know if you go and see one of these or for that matter, some other great museum exhibition.