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Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

Southwest Jewelry: Transitions Through Time

Afternoon Course

Monday, September 19, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0284
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Charles Loloma (Hopi), bracelet, 1975

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Join curator Elizabeth Lay, a regular lecturer on the topics of fashion, textiles, and American furniture, for an image-rich lunchtime lecture series focusing on decorative arts and design topics.

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Southwest Jewelry: Transitions Through Time

When talking about Native American jewelry, Diana Pardue, chief curator at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, likes to use the phrase “expect the unexpected.” For more than a century, jewelers have used their skills and imaginations to create an amazing range of metalworks, some of which are enhanced with turquoise, coral, and shells and for more than 50 years with semi-precious stones, pearls, or diamonds. Classic works made as early as 1850 with simple tools led to the development of diverse techniques and materials. Pardue examines and discusses early silver jewelry forms and traces the transitions that have developed through time, with a special focus on the pioneering artist Charles Loloma. After a brief career as a muralist and then as a ceramic artist, he introduced new techniques and materials to Southwest jewelry. Loloma’s efforts opened doors for generations that would follow, including younger artists working today.

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