Have you made your plans for the 4th of July weekend yet? Here are five can’t-miss jewelry exhibits in New York, Boston, L.A., Chicago, and Oklahoma City. They’re all open over the long holiday weekend, and most continue throughout the warm weather months ahead. So, if you’re in the neighborhood, why not pop into one of these air-conditioned venues to view some cool-to-exquisite jewelry? Send us news of jewelry exhibits in your city and we’ll add them to our next OBJ list. Happy 4th of July!
New York City
The New Whitney Museum
If Renzo Piano’s magnificent architecture isn’t enough to draw you downtown to the new Whitney Museum on Gansevoort Street, the art-inspired jewelry collections in the Gift Shop will. We love these Kyotte Crescent Earrings by artist Amanda Loos, in pink or blue, for $86. Visit www.whitney.org for a schedule of exhibitions and hours of operation.
Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 Pop-Up Shop
Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 will open its first-ever U.S. pop-up shop at the retail, dining and lifestyle destination, The Grove, from July 3 through July 16. House of Harlow 1960 will showcase apparel and accessories that reflect Richie’s eclectic ‘60s- and ‘70s-inspired style. In addition to the costume jewelry Richie is known for, there will be a selection of fine jewelry, which is new to the brand. Price points range from $24 to $395. For more information visit www.thegrovela.com.
Restoring a Legacy: Rothschild Family Treasures
Museum of Fine Arts
This exhibition celebrates recent gifts to the MFA that tell a story of a great European collection, which was looted during the Nazi era and ultimately restored to its rightful owners. The collection of 186 objects, originally owned by Baron and Baroness Alphonse and Clarice de Rothschild of Vienna, includes European decorative arts, furniture, prints, drawings, paintings, jewelry and jeweled objects, miniatures, and rare books.
Exquisite artistry and craftsmanship can be seen in objects such as a diamond necklace/tiara (1920s) with nine stunning, pear-shaped diamonds, and an Art Deco brooch (Austrian, about 1937) incorporating two emerald beads. “Restoring a Legacy” explores what was once known as le goût Rothschild, or “the Rothschild taste.”
Hurry…the last day of this exhibit is July 5. www.mfa.org
Maker & Muse: Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry
The Driehaus Museum
This show features more than 250 pieces of jewelry created in the early decades of the 20th Century. During this period, American and European jewelry makers created audacious new styles in response to the growing industrialization and the changing role of women in society. Their alternative designs became known as “art jewelry.”
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Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Featuring more than 230 rare treasures created by the House of Fabergé, this exhibition is drawn from the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. It showcases Peter Carl Fabergé’s fine craftsmanship in jewels and adornments once belonging to the Russian Imperial family. Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars is open through September 27. For more information, please click here.