Friday, December 7, 2012

Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age

 Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age Exhibition will be opening at the Forbes Galleries in New York City, Spring 2013
New York, NY, December 6, 2012. The Forbes Galleries is delighted to announce the opening of a cutting edge exhibition this spring, where science and art will come together to showcase the history of beautiful, wearable outer space related jewelry. Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age will be on view from March 16th through September 7th 2012 and will feature over 150 pieces of jewelry, ranging from the Georgian to contemporary as well as including selected decorative arts objects and vintage space-related collectibles.

Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age will demonstrate the many ways  that jewelry and space are connected in our cultural heritage. Curated by Elyse Zorn Karlin, co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and the Related Arts, LLC (ASJRA), it will explore jewelry made from stones that come from outer space, such as: moissanite, meteorite, moldavite, pallasite (along with samples of these materials), and jewelry incorporating materials initially developed for space exploration, such as polymer, titanium and dichroic glass. There will also be space-themed jewelry, such as the recurring Halley’s Comet jewelry, which reappears with each comet sighting, every 75-76 years, mid-century jewelry inspired by the launching of Sputnik by the Russians and the beginning of the space race, and jewels being made by contemporary firms and artists today with space themes.

Bonnie Kirschstein, Managing Director of The Forbes Galleries, says, “We are excited to have this exhibition in our jewelry gallery for jewelry lovers as well as those with a curiosity for science and outer space. The way the two have influenced each other throughout the years is interesting, and has inspired so much creative and thought-provoking design. It is in our nature to be curious about the world beyond our own, and because of that I think this exhibition in particular will have a universal draw.”

Other interesting exhibition highlights include jewelry that has been flown in space on missions. Says Elyse Zorn Karlin, “When I first started to make the connection between space and jewelry while looking at vintage 1960s jewelry I had no idea where this would take me. I discovered that space has captured the imagination of man as represented in jewelry from ancient times and is this is no less true today. It’s fascinating to see!”
For press inquires regarding Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age, contact Olga Gonzalez at