Jewelry: The Body Transformed

12 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York
New York, United States


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What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meanings does it carry?


Traversing time and space, this exhibition explores how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns. This global conversation about one of the most personal and universal of art forms brings together some 230 objects drawn almost exclusively from The Met collection. A dazzling array of headdresses and ear ornaments, brooches and belts, necklaces and rings will be shown along with sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs that will enrich and amplify the many stories of transformation that jewelry tells.

The exhibition is made possible by Albion Art Co., Ltd.

Additional support is provided by Alice Cary Brown and W. L. Lyons Brown, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, Diane Carol Brandt, the Druckenmiller Foundation, and Galerie Magazine.

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