October 2, 2016: Beyond Bling at LACMA

Posted on September 13, 2016, 1:56 pm
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Image courtesy of LACMA.

Image courtesy of LACMA.

People have long used Jewelry and adornments to express their personal style and personalities. Not only are the accessories beautiful, they make us feel beautiful, too. Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art speaks to this fascination. Presented for the first time, the collection includes over 300 pieces, documenting styles and tastes from multiple centuries. The exhibition will be on view from October 2, 2016 through February 5, 2017. Curators have carefully chosen pieces that “represent the full spectrum of unconventional jewelry-making.”  Indeed, this some one-of-a kind jewelry.

Donor’s recent gifts have transformed LACMA’s jewelry holdings, elevating them to some of the highest in the country. The unique pieces provide viewers with a full understanding of artistic pursuits in the 20th and 21st centuries. Truly, the collection goes beyond pen and paint.

LACMA states, “The jewelers in the collection have followed the lead of earlier makers who defied conventions by creative innovative designs and using non-precious materials to make works prized for their artistic, rather than monetary value. They continue to push the boundaries of their field, making jewelry that is distinguished by its personal and political messages, its unlikely media, and its humor and wit.”

Finally, visit the LACMA website for information on Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection, including tickets and availability.

Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.