Exploring Contemporary Jewelry

The Museum of Arts and Design will present a daylong public program dedicated to contemporary studio jewelry on Nov. 22. It will introduce visitors to the leading trends, techniques, and processes in the field of jewelry design through artist demonstrations, and discussions.

Events are free and open to the public with museum admission and include:

• A Panel discussion on current issues on contemporary studio jewelry with artists Stanley Lechtzin, Jamie Bennett and Iris Eichenberg, moderated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman, MAD’s distinguished jewelry curator;

• Open studio demonstrations with artists Jocelyn Kolb and April Reigart, both students of Stanley Lechtzin, revealing the use of computer-aided design in jewelry production;

• Curator-Led Tour of the Museum’s exhibition, Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry with Ilse-Neuman.

This special initiative is a program of the museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, a resource center and gallery dedicated to the study and presentation of contemporary jewelry. The gallery presents jewelry exhibitions; displays MAD’s distinguished collection of more than 450 modern and contemporary works in publicly accessible study storage drawers; features interactive videos on materials and processes in jewelry making; and provides visitors with access to a public research database on jewelry design and the collection.

The Museum of Arts and Design is located on 2 Columbus Circle, New York. For more information, call 212.799.7780 or visit www.madmuseum.org.

Caption: Jamie Bennett, Aiuola Brooch #19, 1988. Vitreous enamel, silver, 18k gold, copper, paint; fabricated. Overall: 4 1/4 x 3 x 1/4in. Photo: John Lenz.