Jewelers & Sculptors of NYC

Lectures  /  OnlineOnly  /  26 Jan 2022  -  09 Feb 2022
Published: 11.01.2022
Ana Khouri, Missy, iron, 2018 | Jill Platner, Kingfisher necklace, sterling silver, 2022. The photo of the necklace was shot by Paxton Winters | Michele Oka Doner, ‘Bloodroot Seed’ Ring, 2007. 22 Karat Gold, From an Edition of 4..
Ana Khouri, Missy, iron, 2018 | Jill Platner, Kingfisher necklace, sterling silver, 2022. The photo of the necklace was shot by Paxton Winters | Michele Oka Doner, ‘Bloodroot Seed’ Ring, 2007. 22 Karat Gold, From an Edition of 4.

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Jewelry and sculpture are not the separate fields they are often classified as.
Join Jonathan Wahl, director of the Jewelry Center, for a discussion with three incredible artists whose work crosses these boundaries and where sculpture and jewelry continually cross-pollinate their practice.
Wed, Jan 26, 1 pm: Jill Platner.
Wed, Feb 2, 1 pm: Michele Oka Doner.
Wed, Feb 9, 1 pm: Ana Khouri.

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>> Jill Platner
Jill Platner was born in 1969 in Norwell, Massachusetts and received her BFA from Parsons School of Design, NY. Since 1993 her jewelry designs have been sold at Barneys New York, Twist, Portland, Oregon and other retailers worldwide. In 1998, Jill opened up her store on Crosby Street, NYC — where she continues to fabricate and showcase her jewelry and large scale sculptures. Jill Platner lives and works in New York City.
As a jewelry designer I have been making what are essentially wearable sculptures for over 20 years now, so designing and building on a larger scale is a very natural progression for me. It always felt inevitable that I would be making full scale sculpture. Working on such a large scale I am able to explore, with an entirely new perspective, movement- which has been amazing and fascinating for me. It is often one of my goals to have mobility in a piece- an element of engagement that encourages the viewer to physically interact with the sculpture. Not that one necessarily has to, but I love that there is that possibility and that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a passive experience. Even if you are not touching it I definitely strive that the work feel “alive” in some way, which is why I especially love outdoor installations. I make the work thinking about how it will move in the wind and how it will weather in the elements.
For my most recent sculptures I combine the processes of casting and forging to create the shapes and finishes that I want. The original models were forged because I wanted to capture the beautiful textures that the heating and hammering of metal creates. I choose bronze as my main material because of it’s warm color and also because it stands up so well outside — allowing the sculptures to be installed inside or outside.

>> Michele Oka Doner
Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist and author whose career spans five decades. Her work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world from which she derives her formal vocabulary. The breadth of her artistic production encompasses sculpture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, artist books and costume and set design. She is well known for creating numerous permanent art installations throughout the United States, including “Flight” at Regan International Airport, “Radiant Site,” at the Herald Square MTA station, New York and the mile and quarter long bronze and terrazzo concourse, “A Walk on the Beach,” seen by 40 million travelers a year at Miami International Airport. Oka Doner’s work is found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (the Louvre), the Victoria & Albert, University of Michigan, Yale and Harvard University museums, and The Detroit Institute of Arts, among others. She has received numerous awards, including those given by United Nations Society of Writers and Artists, Pratt Institute, New York State Council of the Arts and the Knight Foundation. In 2016 she received an honorary doctorate from The University of Michigan, where she earned her undergraduate and MFA degrees. Oka Doner is the author or subject of numerous books, including Miami Beach Blueprint of an Eden, and Intuitive Alphabet, and Everything is Alive.

>> Ana Khouri
Jewelry is my medium and to make it, by nature, is to be mindful of its techniques and the value of such fine materials. But this is secondary. The feeling I want to impart is one of radiance, in every sense: That of light, of emotion, of energy and, of course, that of beauty.
Ana Khouri spent her formative years between the United States and her native Brazil. Ana has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts specializing in sculpture. It was in art school that she first began to think critically about sculpture and jewelry, more precisely about the myriad of ways that a piece can take shape on the wearer, and the balance the work creates with the body. While Ana has been sculpting and working on individual projects since 2002, she officially launched her New York based namesake line in 2013 and it has grown steadily ever since drawing the allegiance of a long list of likeminded women and, in the process, has formed a steady drumbeat under her ascent over the last few years.
Ana Khouri works mainly on one-of-a-kind high jewelry pieces. Khouri’s high jewelry can be viewed at her by-appointment space in New York City or at Sotheby’s. Her edition pieces can be viewed at The Row or Khouri’s by-appointment space.

>> Jonathan Wahl
Jonathan Wahl has served as the Director of the Jewelry Center at the 92nd Street Y since 1999 and has guided the Center’s growth to become that largest program of its kind in the nation and the oldest open studio in NYC. He is responsible for developing and overseeing a curriculum that has more than 55 classes weekly and 15 visiting artists yearly, 25 faculty members, maintaining four state-of-the-art jewelry and metalsmithing studios, and promoting the department locally and nationally as a jewelry resource center. Wahl founded the only Jewelry residency in New York city for a Jeweler and a scholarship based High School Jewelry Program-Teen Gems. Additionally, Wahl oversees and hosts an active lecture program with notables from the Jewelry and Design worlds at 92Y. Biennially he organizes international trips to visit contemporary jewelers and historical collections across the globe.
Jonathan Wahl’s artwork ranges from drawing and sculpture to the decorative arts. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MFA Boston, the Houston Museum of Fine and the Museum of Arts of Arts and Design in NYC. It has been featured or reviewed in publications as diverse as The New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Oprah Magazine, W Jewelry, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Metalsmith Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, the Aventurine and the Advocate, among others. Wahl has been awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships one for Craft and one for Drawing and the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths Award for "Outstanding Achievement." he was named one of the top-10 jewelers to watch by W Jewelry in 2006. Wahl’s work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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