Bard Graduate Center Gallery in Manhattan explores jewelry design, specifically looking at how contemporary jewelry makers are drawing from antique forms and techniques to create modern-day works of art. “A View from the Jeweler’s Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements” continues through July 7.
It’s hard to keep up in conversation with Nathan Lewis, painter and associate professor of art at Sacred Heart University. The slouchy sensibility of a skateboarder with black cap, black turtleneck-T and blue denim pants with red stitching belies what’s ticking in his skull. (Think Nietzsche, Trump, privileged white male, cellphone culture, literature, #MeToo movement, science, philosophy and, oh yes, narrative painting. And then he’s riffing on Ovid’s “Apollo and Daphne.”)