New York exhibitions. LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, the Museum of Arts and Design’s annual six-day exhibition and sale featuring designs from emerging and acclaimed jewelry artists, returns this fall from September 28-October 3, 2015. For its 15th anniversary edition, LOOT presents a cross-section of the most exciting and cutting-edge designs, offering the public a rare opportunity to meet and acquire pieces directly from some of the most skilled creators in the field. LOOT champions the vision and craftsmanship of international studio and art jewelers—many of whom have never before shown work in the US—often serving as a launch pad for the next generation of designers. LOOT: MAD About Jewelry is a striking example of the enduring vitality and evolving possibilities of jewelry as an art form.
“Over the years, LOOT has become one of MAD’s most popular and defining events. The exhibition and sale is a nexus for local, national and international jewelers, as well as an invaluable resource for jewelry aficionados,” says Michele Cohen, MAD Trustee and LOOT Chair. “By continually spotlighting the act of making, LOOT serves as a connection point between viewers, wearers and artists through stimulating conversations about process and a stunning presentation of some of today’s most unique contemporary art jewelry.”
LOOT represents the culmination of curator Bryna Pomp’s yearlong process of research and discovery. After traveling and meeting a broad cross section of artists worldwide, Pomp carefully selects a group whose work exemplifies original and inventive design, a range of materials and outstanding craftsmanship. With 55 artists from 21 countries, the resulting exhibition showcases a diverse array of new materials, techniques and innovations in studio and art jewelry from across the globe.
Among the artists featured will be Canadian jeweler Lauren Klassen, widely recognized for her surprising designs inspired by the most generic of mass-produced objects including keys, pins and padlocks, paradoxically crafted from precious materials such as sterling silver, 14 karat gold and diamonds; Jean Grisoni, whose career as a world-class contemporary jewelry designer began in 1989 with a commission for the Paris Mint; and Italian jeweler Olivia Monti Arduini, who creates each of her delicately crafted designs from porcelain. An integral part of LOOT’s mission is to provide a platform and enhance visibility for the next generation of young jewelers. This year’s event will showcase the work of two recent alumnae from Pratt Institute’s acclaimed studio jewelry program, Fangding “Andie” Xu and Casey Sobel.
Since its launch, LOOT has become a premier pop-up shop for contemporary art jewelry. Each year, collectors and jewelry enthusiasts flock to MAD’s galleries for the rare opportunity to learn about jewelers’ processes, materials and concepts, and purchase works directly from their makers. With over 50 designers on-site throughout the exhibition and sale, LOOT offers one of New York’s most unique shopping experiences. This year’s prices will range from $100 to $15,000. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Museum’s exhibition and education programs.
LOOT: MAD About Jewelry is in keeping with the Museum of Arts and Design’s commitment to the exploration of materials and process, as well as its long-standing presentation of jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum with a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry.