From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith

June 14, 2014 to December 7, 2014 | Focus II Gallery

From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith features 26 pieces including silver and gold jewelry created by African American artist, Art Smith, as well as select pieces by his contemporaries. Inspired by surrealism, biomorphism, and primitivism, Smith was one of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-twentieth century. His work is dynamic in both size and form. The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, is enriched by archival materials from the artist’s estate, including sketches, tools, and model photos. Smith was an active supporter of black and gay civil rights, an avid jazz enthusiast, and a supporter of early black modern dance groups.

During the month of August, explore the life and work of jewelry artist Art Smith with a month of special programming. View the full Jazz and Jewelry: Celebrating Art Smith in August schedule of events.

Admission to the exhibition is FREE


Jazz in the Atrium

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Every Thursday evening through December 17, enjoy live jazz concerts by some of the area's greatest musicians, and join us for a casual dinner and cocktails in the DMA Cafe. FREE admission to performance; food and cocktails available for purchase. 

With the exciting new additions to the DMA’s north entrance and the programming opportunities it will present, the Museum’s Jazz in the Atrium series will not return in 2016. The final concert will take place on Thursday, December 17, featuring the Freddie Jones Jazz Group. 


Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

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On Friday, November 21, fall into flowers as we celebrate our new exhibition Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse with talks, tours, music and more!


Studio Creations: Marvelous Modernist Jewelry

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Explore the whimsical works of modernist jewelers and be inspired to design and create your own piece of wearable art. Please note: This class will not teach metalwork.

FREE; limited to the first twenty-four participants. Pick up tickets outside the Art Studio in C3 thirty minutes before each workshop begins.


C3 Artistic Encounter with James Thurman

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Wonderful wearables! After a brief visit to the inspiring Art Smith jewelry exhibition, we will return to the studio to design and create modernist-inspired wire jewelry. A variety of basic metalworking techniques used by Art Smith in the creation of his work will be explored, including bending, forming, and hammering. Each participant will have the opportunity to make his or her own piece! All materials provided.

For ages 18 and older



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