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Jewelry: The Body Transformed

January 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am


ASJH members are invited to a Curator-led tour of “Jewelry: The Body Transformed” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Please remember to RSVP to info@jewelryhistorians.org if you plan on attending.

What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meanings does it carry? Traversing time and space, this exhibition explores how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns. This global conversation about one of the most personal and universal of art forms brings together some 230 objects drawn almost exclusively from The Met collection. A dazzling array of headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings are shown along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs that enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells.

Beth Carver Wees is the Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum, where she oversees the collections of American silver, jewelry, and other metalwork. Prior to joining The Met’s staff in 2000 she was Curator of Decorative Arts at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She lectures internationally and is the author of numerous articles and books, including English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (1997) and Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013). Beth holds degrees in art history from Smith College and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She is one of six organizing curators for the Museum–wide exhibition, Jewelry: The Body Transformed (November 12, 2018 through February 24, 2019), as well as a contributor to the accompanying catalogue. In addition, she is preparing a special installation of The Met’s American jewelry, which will be displayed
from June 2019 through January 2020.

Tour Details:
(Limited to 15 members)
Advance reservations required on a first-come-first-served basis.

COST: $55.00 per person
(includes curatorial tour fee, even if you’re already a Met member)

Payment must be received in full by January 5th.
PayPal payments suggested.
If you have any questions, please contact Diana Singer at 917-861-3164.

Image credit: Collage from The Met collection
The exhibition is made possible by Albion Art Co., Ltd. Additional support is provided by Ming Chu Hsu, Lulu and Anthony Wang, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Diane Carol Brandt, the Druckenmiller Foundation, Galerie Magazine, and Barbara A. Wolfe.


January 10, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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