Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography is the first museum exhibition to explore how contemporary jewelry artist transform and add new meaning to the pervasive images of this digital age. Drawing inspiration from the historic Daguerreotypes, tintypes, and Kodachromes we have inherited from earlier times, as well as from the digital images currently streaming from our cameras, smart phones, and the internet, international jewelry artist explore changing views of beauty and the human body; examine social, political and cultural issues; probe perceptions of memory and desire; and question the broader relation of jewelry to society and personal identity — issues central to contemporary experience.
More than 80 renowned artists from over 20 countries are represented in the exhibition, including Gijs Bakker, Wafaa Bilal, Mari Ishikawa, Jiro Kamata, Sooyeon Kim, Otto Künzli, Iris Nieuwenburg, Kara Ross, Gabriela Sánchez y Sánchez de la Barquera, Bernhard Schobinger, Bettina Speckner, Joyce Scott, Kiff Slemmons, Andy Warhol, and Noa Zilberman.
The connection between photography and jewelry extends back nearly 200 years to the invention of the photographic process. The exhibition provides historical context for this evolving relationship by presenting outstanding nineteenth-century pieces, many of which have never before been exhibited.
In recent years, both photography and art jewelry have changed dramatically, and the exhibition presents cutting-edge videos and installations that offer viewers a broader perspective of contemporary art jewelry.
Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography is organized by MAD's Curator of Jewelry, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, assisted by Sophia Merkin, curatorial assistant and project manager for the exhibition, and Barbara Paris Gifford, curatorial resident, The remarkable exhibition design is by Rupert Deese.
Support ofr Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography has been provided by Hasselblad, Kara Ross NY, Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen, Washington Square Hotel, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Dutch Culture USA program by Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Creative New Zealand, Janet Kardon, and Frame Finland, as well as through the generosity if the Inner Circle, one of the Museum's leadership support groups. Additional thanks to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the official airline of MAD