Touching Warms the Art
MoCC Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers introduces Touching Warms the Art, an experimental exhibition that centralizes the experience of wearing art jewelry by placing work made by artists directly into the hands of museum visitors.
Guest co-curator and metalsmith Rebecca Scheer addresses the wearers of contemporary art jewelry and explores about the ideas and experiences that informed Touching Warms the Art.
During Touching Warms the Art visitors were invited to try work on, to view themselves in a mirror and to take pictures of themselves at a photo kiosk. All pictures were uploaded to a Flickr site, from which visitors – and artists – may better understand the relationship between object and wearer, display and portability.
Artists Forum: Touching Warms the Art
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The Lab, 12 pm
Extending the Conversation: A Call and Response Exhibition
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The Lab, 2 pm
Excellence in Craft Lecture: Arline Fisch
Elegant Fantasy: A Journey Through Textile Techniques in Metal
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The Lab, 7 pm
Action/Re-Action Runway Show
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Lab, 7pm
Workshop: Fiber Freak Jewelry
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The Lab, 12–5 pm
January 19, 2008 – March 03, 2008
Curated by: Rebecca Scheer, Rachelle Thiewes and Namita Gupta Wiggers
Presenting Sponsor: Maloy's Jewelry Workshop
Despite being made in relation to the body, the use of precious and delicate materials prevents museums from allowing visitors to handle – let alone wear – contemporary art jewelry. As a result, the physical experience of such work often remains in the hands of the privileged few.
Developed in response to an exhibition review written by Rebecca Scheer in Metalsmith magazine 2006), Touching Warms the Art provides a new approach to the exhibition of art jewelry. Here, jewelry created by artists is available for visitors to touch and to try on. Visitors can photograph themselves wearing works on view and can make their own jewelry at the Art Bar.
A challenge was put forth, asking artists to create work using unexpected materials and construction techniques, nothing precious or inherently fragile, and to consider a design capable of being physically handled by thousands of visitors. Juried by Rebecca Scheer, Rachelle Thiewes and Namita Gupta Wiggers, selections by 67 artists from around the world are on view, generously donated by each artist to the Museum’s Teaching Collection for use in this exhibition and for future educational programming.
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED BY:
Additional support provided by: Rotasa Foundation