Baubles, Bangles, and Beads: American Jewelry from Yale University, 1700–2005
Tuesday, February 7, 2006–Sunday, July 23, 2006
Mourning rings, miniatures, knee buckles, bracelets, and other notable and unusual selections from the Yale University Art Gallery’s collections of gold, silver, and costume jewelry are presented in this exhibition, many on public view for the first time. From a necklace of gold beads created by a colonial goldsmith to insignia from the Society of the Cincinnati and the Masons; from Bakelite bracelets from the 1930s to studio jewelry from some of the country’s finest contemporary artisans, the exhibition reveals how Americans have adorned and accessorized themselves for over 200 years.
Exhibition and publication organized by Erin Eisenbarth, Acting Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts, Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by the Friends of American Arts at Yale and a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.