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VOL37.1 2014

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m use um s & g alle ri e s paintings to shed light on changes in style; the evolution of pink for girls, blue for boys; and advances in color technology. Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115; 617.267.9300; www.mfa.org. NEW MEXICO THE MUSEUM OF INDIAN ARTS AND CULTURE presents "Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning" from April 13, 2014 through March 2016. The exhibit highlights the museum's extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes, and other objects illustrate how the stone was used and its deep significance to the people of the region. NEW YORK THE CORNING MUSEUM features "René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass" from May 17, 2014 through January 4, 2015. This exhibition will bring together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 18601945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique's death in 1945. As a successful jeweler Lalique experimented with glass in his designs, which eventually led to a career in which he fully embraced the material. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he created have become iconic reflections of these periods. One Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830; 800.7332.6845; www.cmog.org. THE MUSEUM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY features "Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s" from February 7 through April 19, 2014. Despite its dire financial and political environment, the 1930s was a period of stylistic achievement and technical innovation in design. In contrast to the preceding Edwardian era—in which stiff, structured clothes dominated high fashion—1930s garments were softer, minimally ornamented, elegantly proportioned, and reflected the streamlined art moderne aesthetic. The exhibition reveals the transformation that took place in women and men's fashion. Seventh Ave. at 27th St., New York, NY 10001; 212.217.4558; www.fitnyc.edu/3662.asp. THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN presents "Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger" through April 20, 2014. Featuring over four hundred fifty pieces of fashion jewelry by designers such as Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Gripoix, this exhibition displays necklaces, bracelets and earrings, many of them one-of-a-kind. 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019; 212.299.7777; www.madmuseum.org. NORTH CAROLINA THE MINT MUSEUM hosts "Allure Of Flowers: Botanical Motifs In Craft, Design, & Fashion" at its uptown location from March 1 through August 10, 2014. Floral patterns have appeared in decorative arts since ancient times. Inspired by the forms, colors and textures of the botanical world, artists from across the globe have copied and interpreted individual flowers, bouquets and gardens in glass, ceramic, textile, and jewelry design. The exhibition features a survey of works from the mid-nineteenth century to today that illustrate the evolution of floral ornament in modern and contemporary applied art. Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202; 704.337.2000; www.mintmuseum.org. IN MEMORIAM JOSEPH GATTO, 78, innovative jeweler and beloved art teacher, was slain November 14, 2013 in his Silver Lake home in Los Angeles. An intruder shot Gatto and ransacked his home, in a still unsolved case. Gatto helped found the LA County High School for the Arts and was Dean of the Visual Arts Department until his retirement. He also taught at Otis Parsons and the Art Center College of Design. Author of many books, his Exploring Visual Design is in its fourth edition. From the outpouring of praise from his students, it is readily apparent why he was so often honored for his teaching. I knew him since the 1970s, as we shared an interest in antiquities and jewelry. I was always amazed at his innovative ways of incorporating artifacts and antiquities into his unique jewelry, especially his rings and bracelets. Ornament featured Joe in a 2010 article (Vol. 33, No. 4) and in the next issue, I wrote about the hammers Joe made and used in fabricating his jewelry for more than four decades (Vol. 33, No. 5). He was a regular exhibitor in craft shows, especially the Pasadena Bead and Design Show, where I regularly visited his booth, and about two weeks before his death talked with him at the Contemporary Craft Show in Pasadena. I will miss you greatly, Joe. Robert K. Liu 27 ORNAMENT 37.1.2013 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505; 505.476.1250; www.indianartsandculture.org.

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