“Hanging Around” Exhibit Makes Statement with Statement Necklaces

Miao Neckpiece, Guizhou Province, China. Southeast Asian Artisan, Chinese 19th - 20th century. Silver.

New York—With neck collars a hot item in jewelry today, you won’t want to miss “Hanging Around: Neckpieces from the MAD Collection,” the latest exhibit coming to the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Running January 24 through May 12, the show features 75 works by more than 70 designers from around the globe—from anonymous tribal artisans to famous jewelers like Art Smith.

“Hanging Around” features a broad array of materials, construction techniques and aesthetic approaches. Exotic and experimental neckpieces are crafted from traditional (gold, silver, and precious stones) and industrial materials (steel, plastic) to modern-day garbage (old photo transparencies, fruit-wrapping paper) and even those that defy categorization (pig intestines).

Methods used are equally varied, from ancient goldsmithing techniques like chasing and casting to contemporary technologies like digital prototyping.

Untitled, Collar, Wally Gilbert. British. 1986. Steel, silver, gold.

“These free interpretations of this ancient form encourage us to reconsider the role of the necklace as more than an accessory or a status symbol, but as a reflection of our physical and social environment,” says Ursula Ilse-Neuman, MAD’s Curator of Jewelry. “’Hanging Around’ reveals how diverse and exciting MAD’s jewelry collection is and what a wellspring of inspiration it can be,” adds Holly Hotchner, MAD’s Nanette L. Laitman Director. “It attests to what a creatively fertile field art jewelry is today.”

Highlights include:

Emiko Oye’s series out of assembled white Lego bricks, and Korean artist Choonsun Moon’s neckpiece made from cardboard and plastic. Other works are distinguished by their unusual combinations of media, like “Dieg Bou Diar” by the Amsterdam-based Mieke Groot, fashioned out of hand-blown glass globes mixed with beads made from tomato paste containers from Ghana, and Ted Noten’s “A Siberian Necklace #1,” featuring an 18K gold necklace linking beads made out of synthetic rubies and resin-encased insects!



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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.