I just found out about two very exciting events that will be taking place in October.
NATONAL DESIGN AWARDS GO TO WASHINGTON D.C…. AND THEN BACK TO NEW YORK.
On July 24, 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the winners of the 10th annual National Design Awards hosted by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and Smithsonian. This year was unlike any other as the First Lady organized a series of free design events, which included the participation of the recipients of the awards, throughout Washington D.C. The festivities will continue during the National Design Week, October 18–24, 2009, in New York. In the meantime, you can view all of the panel discussions and the awards presentation at http://www.nationaldesignawards.org/2009/webcast
THE ART OF ADORNMENT: THE AMERICAN JEWELRY TRADITION FROM THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Symposium Yale University Art Gallery Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 9:15 am-5:00 pm
This two-day symposium explores the study, production, and function of jewelry in America along four themes: fashion and jewelry; materials and techniques; jewelry as social signifier; and love, loss, and remembrance. Hands-on workshops explore the Gallery’s contemporary, costume, and early American jewelry, as well as offer opportunities to visit studio jewelers on Chapel Street and to view gemstones and jewelry in the Peabody Museum’s new Hall of Minerals, Earth, and Space. The organizer’s have a great line-up of renowned scholars and curators such as Jeannine Fallino, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Janet Zapata, Cindi Strauss, Yvonne J. Markowitz, and the jeweler Bruce Metcalf. Metcalf is the subject of a traveling exhibition titled, “The Miniature World of Bruce Metcalf,” that is still making its way around the country and is not to be missed. For information on the symposium visit http://artgallery.yale.edu/pages/info/adornment.html