The Museum of Art and Design has spent a lot of time collecting brooches, collars, rings, and pins for its collection — around 200 mid-century pieces over the last few years. About half of MAD’s new stuff is on display in the show, Wear It or Not: Recent Jewelry Acquisitions, which closes this Sunday.
If you can’t get up to Columbus Circle to see the works in person, be sure to check out the new digital archive for the show. MAD has spent considerable time and effort to get its collections pushed out through the web, and the effort really pays off.
This photo of Peter Hoogeboom’s Spanish Collar shows the navigation tools that MAD has designed for its on-line archive that let you zoom in close right in to take in all of the construction details of his ceramic, silver, and brass construction.
Use the + to zoom in, and then click on the arrows to navigate up, down, left, and right across the image. The detail is incredible.
Dive into the archive to zoom in on Robert Ebendorf’s Berlin Wall brooch (made from guess what?), Luis Acosta’s multilayered paper constructions, and The Big Spiderweb. Also be sure to inspect Boris Bally’s brooches that were crafted from recycled traffic signals and the 19th century Sprocket Cuff from Northern Pakistan. It looks on trend right now.
You’ll be inside the archive for hours, since every time you click on an artist’s work, other related innovations pop up in the sidebar.
And what’s up with that red adhesive piece by Rebecca Strzelec? Take a look at how you wear it!