Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection

November 17, 2017 – May 28, 2018

Brooch, Giampaolo Babetto, Italian, b. 1947
The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY

The exhibition, co-curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman and Cooper Hewitt, features 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets and rings, and traces radical developments in jewelry from the mid-20th century to the present. Works on view highlight jewelry design’s expressive and innovative achievements, ranging from works that make a political statement by eschewing silver and gold for industrial materials, to pieces that employ found materials to tell a personal narrative.