Event Recap: MAD About Jewelry Luncheon

In celebration of the Museum of Arts and Design’s (MAD) annual artisan jewelry exhibition and sale, MAD About Jewelry, a luncheon and talk was hosted by Barbara Tober, MAD’s Chair Emerita, with arts and jewelry expert Tiffany Dubin, and MAD Associate Curator Barbara Paris Gifford.

“Tim and I are happy you are here”, said Barbara Tober standing alongside MAD Director, Tim Rodgers.

“MAD is a place of joy, it is a place of ideas, a place of breaking the rules.” The discussion  engaged with handpicked examples of artworks, exploring topics such as the usage of unconventional materials and shapes, and jewelry as a form of expression. “It’s not about precious stones. It’s not about platinum or gold.”, said Tiffany, “It’s about alternative materials, found objects – they tell stories.” 

Following the luncheon, guests were led to the MAD About Jewelry pop-up, which featured the works of 50 jewelers and artists, all from 20 different countries, both on display and for sale.

Barbara Paris Gifford noted “Our collection includes artists who experiment with the boundaries of jewelry.”

Guests included Roberta Amon, Jeffrey Banks, Phillip Bloch, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Pat Cleveland, Cece Cord, Will Cotton, Barbara de Portago, Lauren Ezersky, Han Feng, Barbara Flood, Michele Gerber Klein, Barbara Hoffman, Gemma Kahng, Harold Koda, Martha Kramer, Sally Lee, Laura Lobdell, Fern Mallis, Marsy Mittlemann, Tinu Naija, Katrina Pavlos, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Benny Tabatabai, Kay Unger Pitman, and Barbara Winston.

MAD prides itself on being NYC’s finest collection of artists’ studio jewelry. Their Craft Front & Center exhibition series explores the thematic touchpoints in craft art history. Their current exhibition OUT of the Jewelry Box features works that explore ideas of identity, such as queerness, PTSD, and politics.

Visitors can also stop by The Store at MAD, the Museum’s retail arm, to see RE:FINE Spring 2024, featuring 13 forward-thinking international artists who are redefining the world of fine jewelry.

MAD champions contemporary makers across creative fields, presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving 21st-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.

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