From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith

June 14, 2014 to December 7, 2014 | Focus II Gallery

From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith features 26 pieces including silver and gold jewelry created by African American artist, Art Smith, as well as select pieces by his contemporaries. Inspired by surrealism, biomorphism, and primitivism, Smith was one of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-twentieth century. His work is dynamic in both size and form. The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, is enriched by archival materials from the artist’s estate, including sketches, tools, and model photos. Smith was an active supporter of black and gay civil rights, an avid jazz enthusiast, and a supporter of early black modern dance groups.

Admission is FREE

Programs

Gallery Talks

Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.

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Jazz in the Atrium

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Every Thursday evening, enjoy live jazz concerts by some of the area's greatest musicians, and join us for a casual dinner and cocktails in the DMA Cafe. FREE admission to performance; food and cocktails available for purchase.

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Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Third Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - midnight

Join us for an evening of art, jazz, and dance inspired by the jewelry design of Art Smith. Listen to the jazz stylings of the Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble and The Funky Knuckles and watch a special premier performance by Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Stockton Helbing Trio.

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Studio Creations: Marvelous Modernist Jewelry

Saturdays and Sundays, August 2-31, at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.

Explore the whimsical works of modernist jewelers and be inspired to design and create yoru own piece of wearable art. Please note: This class will not teach metalwork.

FREE; limited to the first thirty-six participants. Pick up tickets outside the Art Studio in C3 thirty minutes before each workshop begins.

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C3 Artistic Encounter with James Thurman

Sunday, August 17, 1:30 p.m.

Wonderful wearables! After a brief visit to the inspiring Art Smith jewelry exhibition, we will return to the studio to design and create modernist-inspired wire jewelry. A variety of basic metalworking techniques used by Art Smith in the creation of his work will be explored, including bending, forming, and hammering. Each participant will have the opportunity to make his or her own piece! All materials provided.

For ages 18 and older

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