New York Silver

Then and Now

Opens June 28, 2017

  • 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

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    A dialogue in silver between past and present.

    New York Silver, Then and Now links the rich history of silversmithing in New York City to present-day artistic practice. It features newly commissioned works by leading metalworkers, created in response to historical objects from the Museum’s collection.

    The Museum’s holdings, widely recognized as one of the foremost collections of American silver in the nation, include leading examples of silver designed and produced in New York from the mid-17th through the 20th century. Comprised of more than 1,400 works by such notable craftsmen as Cornelius Kierstede, Myer Myers, and Charles LeRoux , and renowned retailer/manufacturers like Black, Starr & Frost and Tiffany & Co., the collection demonstrates how, for over four centuries, the city’s silversmiths and designers have adapted international styles to make them distinctively “New York” in look and feel.

    The exhibition will open a dialogue between past and present, pairing historic pieces with remarkable new work by contemporary artists. Internationally recognized artists from the New York area who have been invited to participate include designers Dror Benshetrit and Ted Muehling; architect/interior designers William Georgis and Sheila Bridges; artists Michele Oka Doner, Kiki Smith, and Chitra Ganesh; metalsmiths Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Wendy Yothers, and many others.


    This exhibition is made possible by: John P. Strang Trust, National Endowment for the Arts.

    Additional Support provided by: Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation, Michele and Marty Cohen, Jacqueline Fowler, Mark E. Bryant Charitable Trust, David Diamond and Karen Zukowski, Sarah Eigen, Joann Ryan, Rita and Mark Kromelow. 


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