A dazzling debut

They had us at “jewelry.”

It was back in July, when shopping at the Book Store of Neue Galerie New York, that the clerk noticed my purchase included several jewelry-themed titles.

She asked if I knew about Jewelry Week, an autumn event.

No… but it became my mission to find out more. I tracked down the organizers, got on their radar and am pleased to note they have now shared the details of the inaugural edition of New York City Jewelry Week (NYCJW).

And for those with a love of all things dazzling, Nov. 12 through 18 is going to be pretty amazing.

More than 50 events are planned across the city – and beyond (think Katonah Museum of Art and The Newark Museum) – over the course of the week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry. There will be tie-ins to exhibitions plus curator tours, pop-up shops, lectures, open studios, installations, demonstrations and more.

NYCJW is the creation of two industry leaders from the worlds of contemporary art jewelry and retail, Bella Neyman and JB Jones, with the help of an advisory committee featuring industry experts and leaders.

“The impetus for this week came from our desire to promote the jewelry industry and highlight its importance to the city,” co-founder Jones said in advance materials. “This week unites the different worlds of jewelry, from vintage to contemporary, to tell its far-reaching story.”

Added co-founder Neyman, “We want people to walk away from this week with a greater understanding of how jewelry is made, where it is made and who makes it. Furthermore, we are providing the public with the tools, by way of the exclusive programming, to become educated consumers and patrons.”

In addition, NYCJW is launching the One for the Future initiative, directed at emerging talent in the jewelry industry and designed to provide honorees exposure aimed at jump-starting their careers.

Here is just a handful of NYCJW programming highlights:

  • An exclusive pop-up shop will be held Nov. 9 through 11 at the Katonah Museum of Art, featuring the work of local jewelry artists. The boutique will debut with a Members and VIP Opening Night Party Nov. 9. It coincides with the museum’s exhibition “Outrageous Ornament: Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century,” which is also being featured in the October issue of WAG.
  • An exclusive NYCJW curatorial-led tour of “Jewelry: The Body Transformed” will be offered Nov. 13 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. WAG advances the anticipated show in our current issue.
  • A tour of “Focus: Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry” with curator Janis Staggs will be held Nov. 14 at Neue Galerie New York. The exhibition will feature miniature jeweled masterworks created by the notable names of the Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops) including Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. (You may recall WAG’s December 2017 story on the Wiener Werkstätte).
  • A private, behind-the-scenes viewing of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s holdings will be led by Cynthia Trope, associate curator of Product Design and Decorative Arts, on Nov. 15.

For more, visit nycjewelryweek.com.

– Mary Shustack

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