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Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection

Exhibition  /  02 Oct 2016  -  05 Feb 2017
Published: 07.10.2016
Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Curator:
Rosie Chambers Mills, Bobbye Tigerman
Carolyn Kriegman. Necklace: Untitled, 1969. Polymethyl methacrylate, metal rings. 50.17 × 34.93 × 26.67 cm. Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA. Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2015.31) .
. © Carolyn Kriegman Estate. Carolyn Kriegman
Necklace: Untitled, 1969
Polymethyl methacrylate, metal rings
50.17 × 34.93 × 26.67 cm
Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA
Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2015.31) .
© Carolyn Kriegman Estate
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Intro
Beyond Bling showcases an extraordinary assemblage of contemporary studio jewelry from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand from collector Lois Boardman. The exhibition explores the use of nontraditional materials and techniques, the ways jewelry can communicate personal or political messages, and the medium’s potential to shock and delight.
The exhibition, which features a selection of 50 works from the gift of over 300 pieces from collector Lois Boardman, explores the use of nontraditional materials and techniques, the ways jewelry can communicate personal or political messages, and the medium's potential to shock and delight. The collection is the first of its kind to enter a museum on the West Coast. 

Beyond Bling: Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection showcases highlights from this important donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). It reveals how studio jewelers have transformed the medium by confronting social issues and exploring new technologies and unconventional materials. 

Consisting of over 300 objects from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, the collection is by turns edgy, experimental, and even disturbing. Objects range from a necklace featuring a gold cast of a rodent skull to a ring made from a hand- wrought, white-gold nail, bent and thrust through a large smoky quartz. 

The structure of the exhibition is inspired by cabinets of curiosities - a historic mode of display that highlights the diversity and popular appeal of the Boardman collection. The single-gallery exhibition is arranged according to the early scientific categories “animal,” “vegetable,” and “mineral,” with the addition of “plastic” to account for the artificial materials used by many studio jewelers. Related objects from the museum’s permanent collection demonstrate how contemporary jewelry can stimulate new insights when viewed alongside LACMA’s encyclopedic holdings.


This exhibition is included in General Admission.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Support was provided in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Catalogue:
Beyond Bling: Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection
$45 | hardcover
The exhibition is accompanied by a collection catalogue edited by Rosie Chambers Mills and Bobbye Tigerman and co-published by LACMA and DelMonico Books. It features over 200 illustrations and five essays by the exhibition’s co-curators, in addition to Helen W. Drutt English, Blake Gopnik, and Benjamin Lignel.

The catalogue was made possible by the Rotasa Foundation, Typecraft, the John and Robyn Horn Foundation, and the Decorative Arts and Design Council of LACMA.

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Boardman Collection at LACMA
Jürgen Eickhoff
2016
Jürgen Eickhoff was walking around the exhibition opened on October the 2nd and gives an overview of the display and fantastic collection.
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Claus Bury. Brooch: Untitled, 1973. Gold. 6.67 × 6.19 × 1.27 cm. Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA. Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2014.198.38).
. © Claus Bury. Claus Bury
Brooch: Untitled, 1973
Gold
6.67 × 6.19 × 1.27 cm
Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA
Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2014.198.38).
© Claus Bury
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Ann Scott. Neckpiece: Torque, 1982. Screenprinted polymethyl methacrylate, copper alloy, silver. 26.67 × 25.4 × 5.08 cm. Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA. Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2016.21.39).
. © Ann Scott. Ann Scott
Neckpiece: Torque, 1982
Screenprinted polymethyl methacrylate, copper alloy, silver
26.67 × 25.4 × 5.08 cm
Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA
Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2016.21.39).
© Ann Scott
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Bruno Martinazzi. Brooch: Venus, 1980. Gold. 5.08 × 5.08 × 1.91 cm. Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA. Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2013.221.21).
. © Bruno Martinazzi. Bruno Martinazzi
Brooch: Venus, 1980
Gold
5.08 × 5.08 × 1.91 cm
Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA
Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2013.221.21).
© Bruno Martinazzi
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Philip Sajet. Ring: Cactus Quadruple, 2003. Gold, rusted steel.. 4.45 x 3.18 x 3.18 cm. Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA. Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2013.221.29).
. © Philip Sajet. Philip Sajet
Ring: Cactus Quadruple, 2003
Gold, rusted steel.
4.45 x 3.18 x 3.18 cm
Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA
Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2013.221.29).
© Philip Sajet
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Emiko Oye. Necklace: Maharajah’s 6th, 2008. LEGO® bricks, rubber cord, silver.. 57.79 × 39.05 × 6.99 cm. Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA. Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. From series: My First Royal Jewels. Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2016.21.2).
. © Emiko Oye. Emiko Oye
Necklace: Maharajah’s 6th, 2008
LEGO® bricks, rubber cord, silver.
57.79 × 39.05 × 6.99 cm
Photo by: Museum Associates / LACMA
Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
From series: My First Royal Jewels
Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2016.21.2).
© Emiko Oye
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Manfred Bischoff. Brooch: Pomme de Terre - Pathètique -Tragique, 2002. Gold, coral.. 5.08 × 7.3 × 2.22 cm. Photo by: Museum Associates/LACMA. Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2014.198.24).
. © Manfred Bischoff. Manfred Bischoff
Brooch: Pomme de Terre - Pathètique -Tragique, 2002
Gold, coral.
5.08 × 7.3 × 2.22 cm
Photo by: Museum Associates/LACMA
Part of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gift of Lois and Bob Boardman (M.2014.198.24).
© Manfred Bischoff
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