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Jewelry's Power Couples | Lecture | June 22


Jewelry’s Power Couples

A Lecture by Toni Greenbaum



Art historian Toni Greenbaum will discuss several notable modern and contemporary jewelers who are married to one another. Each captivating couple has a different story to tell of how they met and forged their respective careers, as well as what – if any – collaborative practices guided their oeuvres. Beginning with Sam and Carol Kramer, who offered “fantastic jewelry for people who are slightly mad” at their post-war Surrealist-inspired Greenwich Village shop, and ending with current “jewelry anarchists” Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker, Greenbaum will discuss such international luminaries as Toza and Ruth Radakovich, Gijs Bakker and Emmy van Leersum, David Watkins and Wendy Ramshaw, Otto Künzli and Therese Hilbert, and David Bielander and Helen Britton. Rich with anecdotes along with information, Jewelry’s Power Couples is a light-hearted look at how making jewelry makes for love.

Toni Greenbaum

Toni Greenbaum is a New York-based art historian specializing in twentieth and twenty-first century jewelry and metalwork. She wrote Messengers of Modernism: American Studio Jewelry 1940-1960, along with numerous book chapters, exhibition catalogues, and essays for arts publications such as Modern, Metalsmith, Artnews, Wallpaper, and Studies in the Decorative Arts. She has lectured internationally at institutions such as the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has curated exhibitions for many museums including the Victoria and Albert in London. Greenbaum has taught at several colleges and is currently an associate professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she teaches a course in Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Jewelry.


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