Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Symposium

Frank Patania, Jr., Necklace, ca. 1963. Sterling silver and turquoise. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Natalie H. and George T. Lee, Jr., B.A. 1957

The Art of Adornment: The American Jewelry Tradition from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

October 16–17, 2009

The 17th Annual Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Memorial Symposium explored the study, production, and function of jewelry in America along four themes: fashion and jewelry; materials and techniques; jewelry as social signifier; and love, loss, and remembrance. Hands-on workshops explored the Gallery’s contemporary, costume, and early American jewelry. The symposium also offered opportunities to visit New Haven studio jewelers and to view gemstones and jewelry at the Peabody Museum. The Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque Memorial Lecture was presented by Cindi Strauss, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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