"LOOT 2012: MAD About Jewelry" Pop-Shop and Exhibition

Museum of Arts & Design

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"LOOT 2012: MAD About Jewelry," the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary art and studio jewelry, whose proceeds benefit the Exhibition and Education programs of the Museum of Arts and Design, will run from Tuesday through Saturday, September 11 – 15, 2012. Unlike any other jewelry event in the country, LOOT 2012 gives jewelry lovers the opportunity to meet some of the most innovative creators in the field and acquire work directly from them. This 12th edition of LOOT will be the largest and most international ever, with jewelry by more than 50 emerging and acclaimed artists, hailing from 12 countries. It will also showcase the work of jewelry students from New York’s own Fashion Institute of Technology.

Accessibility has long been one of LOOT’s attractions, and this year will be no exception: prices for its unique artist-made jewelry will range from $200 to $12,000, with $1000 the average. Another attraction has been the panels and programs it sponsors on contemporary art jewelry, and this year LOOT will offer a Jewelry Study Day on Saturday afternoon, September 15. Like last year, the exhibition and sale has been curated by Bryna Pomp, a jewelry specialist, and Nancy Olnick, a noted collector; they selected the artists for their originality, use of materials, and expert craftsmanship. Much effort was also made to find distinguished artists from around the world.

Among those in this year’s roster will be the acclaimed German bead artist Axel Russmeyer, who in addition to participating in the exhibition and sale will be awarded the inaugural LOOT Award for Contemporary Art Jewelry. This annual prize is in keeping with the long-standing commitment of the Museum of Arts and Design to presenting jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum to possess a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry, which it began assembling soon after its founding in 1956.

[Image: Emmeline Hastings "Necklace"]


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