The Museum's website desicribes the exhibition as a collection of innovative pieces of contemporary art jewelry from our permanent collection, dating from the 1940s to the present. The works on display range from the subtle to the flamboyant, from the purely geometric to the organic, and from narrative to sculptural works that extend the limits of the human body. The exhibition presents the major themes, materials and techniques that make contemporary jewelry visually exciting and intellectually stimulating.
There are four main themes to the exhibition: Sculptural Forms, Narrative Jewelry, Painted and Textured Surfaces, and the Radical Edge. Some notable designers of pieces from the 1960s include Wendy Ramshaw, Ruth Schirmer Roach, Gijs Bakker, and David Webb.
The designs include all styles of jewelry from minimalist styles to orntate and colorful. The website has many pictures of selected pieces of jewelry from the exhibition. You can read more about the Elegant Armor Exhibition of Jewelry here on the MAD website. The exhibition ends on July 5, 2009.
Photo of David Webb ring courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design