Contemporary Connections: Mastery in Metal
January 28 – May 24, 2020
Lower Level Galleries
Artists are breathing new life into techniques and forms found in centuries-old media, and they are incorporating contemporary attitudes and approaches in their work. The Contemporary Connections series uses the strengths of our collection to make connections to contemporary art. In honor of our fine collection of Georgian silver and the handwrought iron by Samuel Yellin featured throughout our building, we present this exhibition of works by contemporary metalsmiths that shows a variety of metals and approaches. Elizabeth Brim forges feminine and domestic objects such as high-heeled shoes and pillows out of steel. Venetia Dale’s installations of styrofoam cups, key chains and plastic baskets, all cast in pewter, observe and question the common objects that aid us in the comfort of our daily lives. Blacksmith Ernie Dorrill celebrates Gothic and Renaissance motifs in his candelabra, lamps, locks, and keys. Silversmith Chloe Darke is known for her traditional domestic flatware, as well as expressive contemporary vessels and jewelry. Andrew Hayes combines steel with pages removed from books to create unique sculptures with their own strength and stories. The work of Myra Mimlitsch-Gray deconstructs precious silver services and humble cast iron cookware and asks viewers to imagine the domestic lives of women in earlier American households.
PANEL DISCUSSION & EXHIBITION RECEPTION
Thursday, March 12
5:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Reception
Please join several of the artists of Mastery in Metal as they discuss how they focus not only on traditional processes and materials, but also on contemporary cultural and environmental ideas.