Check out the “LOOT” at MAD Museum Oct. 11

In Industry News, What's New by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

New York–If you’re a fan of admiring, and purchasing, contemporary, one-of-a-kind museum-worthy jewelry, check out LOOT 2011: MAD About Jewelry, a juried pop-up shop at The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), starting October 11.

The four-day, juried exhibition and sale sale of contemporary studio art represents 45 artists from around the world, both emerging and more renowned. LOOT Honorary Chair Robert Lee Morris returns with one-of-a-kind pieces, while renowned jeweler and gemologist Kara Ross makes her debut.  Also participating are four 2011 grads of Pratt Institute’s undergraduate studio jewelry program, department of fine arts (see photo).

To learn more about the artists, the sale and to order benefit tickets online, click here.

From left to right: jewelry designs by Bona Ha, Yoon Ah Paik, Inhwa Yu, and Jina Lee, all 2011 graduates of the undergraduate studio jewelry program in Pratt's department of fine arts.

Lineup of Art Jewelry Events

In its 11th edition, this unusual sale allows the public to purchase unique jewelry directly from the artists.  Related events to occur on October 11th, when the sale opens.

Diane Venet, MAD’s guest curator of Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler will moderate a panel composed of featured exhibition artists Michele Oka Doner and Illya and Emilia Kabakov, along with Corice Arman, the widow of the French-born artist Arman. The panel will address the appeal and challenges of making “wearable sculptures.”

Later that afternoon, historian and curator Lois Sherr Dubin will lecture on the esteemed jewelry artist Barbara Natoli Witt, whose creations have been collected by fashionistas as Diana Vreeland and Eleanor Lambert and a host of museums, including MAD.

Gala attendees of the lecture will receive a complimentary copy of Dubin’s book “Adornment,” featuring Witt’s rare art.

Guests at the opening cocktail party can mingle with artists and MAD curators.


October 11, 3 pm to 8 pm: Opening preview

October 12, 11am to 6 pm

October 13, 11am to 9 pm

October 14, 11 am to 9 pm

MAD is the first American museum displaying both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own contemporary and modern jewelry collection. The Museum has made a curatorial commitment to art jewelry as part of its mission to explore the blur zone between art, design, and craft.