The ADORN exhibition includes; Judith Peto Leiber: Earthly Delights; The Perfect Dress; Roberto Coin: Jewelry; Walk This Way – an exhibition of juried and selected works; and CharismaSpheres a large-scale photography exhibition by John and Kim Wadsworth.
Earthly Delights- Judith Leiber (American, born in Budapest, Hungary in 1921), known for the creation of exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories which blur the boundaries between function and art, adorns minaudières and compact cases with semi-precious stones. Her creations also include day bags, belts and pillboxes. Beautifully detailed both inside and out, each tiny minaudière takes months to fabricate with special attention paid to the construction including the interior details and hardware.
The Perfect Dress – Hubert De Givenchy says that “The perfect dress can make many things happen in a woman’s life. It can bring happiness. It is so nice to give happiness to your friends.” From debutantes balls to charity galas, and red carpet events, to that one special wedding day, women look for the perfect dress for the perfect occasion only a few times in their lives. Carefully chosen for that special occasion, a gown should not only flatter the wearer, and demonstrate her sense of style, but also illustrate an understanding of the significance of the event. The Perfect Dress exhibit looks at stylish evening wear; designers Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, and Romona Keveza have been a part of these moments. These dresses exhibit that desire in women. “Feminine, sophisticated, luxurious” is how Romona Keveza describes her gowns. These designers are known for making women feel special and beautiful; whether it is an evening dress of black velvet, a stunning wedding dress that is blush & french violet printed silk organza gown or an evening set with gold netting and beading. The exhibition highlights styles, silhouettes, and colors that have been perennial favorites for many years. There is a perfect gown for every woman and every occasion.
Roberto Coin – “Fashion is changeable. Style is not. Style is part of us, our life, in every moment and every expression.”
The company that bears jewelry designer Roberto Coin’s name was founded in 1977 in Italy’s Vicenza. His creativity took shape through the hands of the historical and most renowned Italian jewelry artisans who brought his romantic and borderless imagination to life through their skills, telling his story through jewels that truly become works of art. This exhibition looks at pieces created by Roberto Coin throughout the years. These works are the result of a thorough process, a journey among different cultures and multiethnic influences, through the world of nature, between echoes of the past and future projections. Roberto Coin signs each one of his piece with a small ruby casted inside the jewel, in direct contact with the skin of who wears it. This magical
signature, surrounded by an antique halo of legend, represents the message of good wishes that Roberto Coin dedicates to his passionate clientele. Loans courtesy of private collectors and Hauser’s Jewelers.
Walk this Way will present a contemporary look at fashion inspired art created by artists throughout the United States. Artists across the nation are devoted to what might be considered a “lost art,” creating such handmade objects designed to be functional as well as beautiful, and reflective of both their own aesthetic and a wearer’s chosen style. This attention to handmade specificity, materials, and aesthetic details elevates these useful adornments to the realm of art.
Everyone lives within a CharismaSphere–an aura of adornment that reveals our persona to the world. Our CharismaSphere is a self-curated exhibition of ourselves as works of art. John and Kim Wadsworth’s entrancing CharismaSphere
African Art: Power and Identity
African Art: Power and Identity exhibit opens on January 19th and runs through April 28th, 2019. To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of Africans to the Virginia Colony. Since that dangerous passage, the presence of Africans has had a profound impact on the culture of America in Virginia. The first Africans in Virginia in the 17th century came from the Congo/Angola regions of West Central Africa. This exhibition examines the visual arts and western and central Africa with a strong emphasis on Mali. It features some of the most visual and compelling imagery of the various cultural groups. Works include textiles, figures, masks, pottery, baskets, jewelry and works of art associated with divination alters mask performances, rights of passage and personal adornment.
The exhibition also includes Cash Crop, by artist Stephen Hayes, a piece composed of 15 life-sized casts. The statues each confined by shackles and bound to a wooden shipping pallet, representing the 15 million African people forcefully brought to the New World.