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MAD: Highlights from the Jewelry Collection

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MAD’s exhibit of Highlights from the Jewelry Collection provides an overview of the museum’s collection. Since its founding in 1956, MAD has been committed to collecting studio and contemporary jewelry from the United States and around the world. The Museum has acquired more than 920 pieces over the decades, and continues to avidly collect today. In 2008, as part of the move to 2 Columbus Circle, MAD opened the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, which afforded the Museum the ability to showcase part of its stellar jewelry collection in visible storage. Visitors to the gallery have access to over two hundred pieces, presented in forty-five interactive jewelry drawers.

On display are early studio pieces by Ronald Pearson, Ed Weiner, and Betty Cooke, as well as conceptual and contemporary pieces by Gésine Hackenberg, Otto Künzli, and Wendy Ramshaw, to name just a few. Other works on view include gold pieces by David Webb and necklaces by such popular designers as Diane Love, Mary McFadden, and Jacqueline Lillie. The eighty-four artists featured in the gallery create jewelry not only from gold and silver, but also from unexpected materials such as polymer clay, phone-book pages, pig intestine, kitchen plates, and rubber bands. While our collection focuses on jewelry made in the modern era, it includes inspiration pieces from nineteenth-century Southeast Asia, which influenced many of the studio and contemporary jewelry artists working today.  —Museum of Arts and Design 

 

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Ronald Hayes Pearson, Neckband 8-93, 1977 (designed)/1992 (fabricated) Sterling silver 1 ¼ x 5 ¼ x 5 ½ in. (3.2 x 13.3 x 14 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of the artist, 1994; Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Betty Cooke, Neckpiece, c. 1959; Sterling silver, silver wire 7 ½ x 10 x ¾ in. (19.1 x 25.4 x 1.9 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of the artist, 1995; Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Wendy Ramshaw, Orbit Necklace and Earrings, 1988-89; Nickel alloy, resin; Neckpiece: 11 ¼ x 10 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (28.6 x 26.4 x 4.8 cm); earrings: 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 x ¼ in. (2.9 x 2.9 x .6 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Donna Schneier, 1997; Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Janna Syvänoja; Necklace, 1997, Telephone directory recycled paper, steel wire, acrylic stops 12 x 15 x ½ in. (30.5 x 38.1 x 1.3 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; purchase with funds provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, 1998
Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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David Webb, Monkey Brooch, 1972
18K gold, platinum, enamel, diamond, ruby
3 x 1 ¼ x 1 in. (7.6 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Ida Crawford Stewart, 1998
Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Mary McFadden, Ceremonial Ax, 1977, Gold macramé ropes, hand-forged brass dipped in 22K gold 81 x 5 ½ in. (205.7 x 14 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Ida Crawford Stewart, 1998; Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Pier Voulkos, Waterwave, 1996, Polymer clay 10 x 9 x 1 ¼ in. (25.4 x 22.9 x 3.2 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of the artist, 1998
Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Maria Phillips, Swell, 2005, Pig intestine, steel, thread, beads, sterling silver 11 ½ x 11 x 2 in. (29.2 x 27.9 x 5.1 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; purchase with funds provided by the Collections Committee, 2005; Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Jacqueline Lillie, Neckpiece, c. 2002, Titanium, beads, magnetic closure 11 x 10 ½ x ¾ in. (27.9 x 26 x 1.9 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Pat Rodimer, 2006; Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Ela Bauer, Untitled (neckpiece), 2004, Silicone, pigment, yarn 12 x 9 x 1/16 in. (30.5 x 22.9 x .2 cm)
Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Hope Byer, 2008
Photo by Matthew J. Cox; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Southeast Asian Artisan, Untitled (H’mong Necklace from Laos or Vietnam), c. 1908
Silver 9 ¼ x 6 1/8 x 7/8 in. (23.5 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Daniel and Serga Nadler, 2008; Photo by Daniel Nadler; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Ed Wiener, Silver Brooch with Pearl, c. 1955, Sterling silver, pearl 1 ¾ x 3 x 5/8 in. (4.4 x 7.6 x 1.6 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Michele Caplan, 1999; Photo by John Bigelow Taylor; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

 

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Cover photo: Gésine hackenberg, Kitchen Necklace, 2008, Belgian earthenware plate, polyamide thread, Necklace: 1 ½ x 8 x 1/8 in. (3.8 x 20.3 x .3 cm); plate: 1 ½ x 10 x 10 in. (3.8 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm) Museum of Arts and Design; gift of Jane Korman, 2008, Photo by Matthew J. Cox; courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design.


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