"Jewelry for America" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Led by Beth Carver Wees '72

Jewelry for AmericaPlease join the Smith College Club of New York City for a tour of Jewelry for America, a journey through the evolution of jewelry in this country. Ticket includes price of museum of admission.

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Price: $35 (Now open to members, non-members, and guests)

About the Exhibit

Spanning three hundred years, Jewelry for America explores the evolution of jewelry in this country, from the early eighteenth century to the present day. Its five chronological sections reveal changes in styles, materials, and techniques, all woven into a sociohistorical narrative. Some one hundred examples from The Met collection—including recently acquired and rarely exhibited objects—are displayed.

About the Guide

Beth Carver Wees ‘72 oversees the collections of American silver, jewelry, and other metalwork, and is the consulting curator for this jewelry exhibition. Prior to joining the Museum's staff in 2000, she was curator of decorative arts at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is the author of two major collection catalogues—English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (1997) and Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013). She holds degrees in art history from Smith College and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, established 1831). Chatelaine (detail), 1887. Silver and glass, W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich Gift, 2001 (2001.326)