Long Island Museum: ‘Silver: Contemporary Metalsmithing’ / Sept 21 – Dec 30


Silver: Contemporary Metalsmithing

Long Island Museum Shines with Silver Exhibition 

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Visitors to Stony Brook may notice a brilliant shine coming from the Long Island Museum soon. That’s because from September 21 through December 30, 2018, the museum will present Shaping Silver: Contemporary Metalsmithing, an exhibition highlighting a small group of exceptional contemporary artists in New York and Long Island working in silver.
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The seven artists featured in Shaping Silver include Michele Oka Doner, a renowned artist who has work in many U.S. and European museum collections and is also widely known for public art installations at places such as New York’s Herald Square Subway Station and Miami International Airport; and Michael Izrael Galmer, a silversmith whose career includes collaborations with Tiffany, Gorham and Lenox.  Galmer’s designs have been exhibited at museums including the Cooper Hewitt, Renwick Gallery and Newark Museum of Art.  Brian Weissman and Erin Shay Daily, the creative co-founders of Brooklyn Metal Works, a cooperative metal art studio, also have works in this exhibition, along with Wendy Yothers, an outstanding silversmith and FIT professor whose work in included in the collections of institutions such as the Corning Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian; Patricia Madeja, an exceptional jewelry-maker based in West Islip, and professor at Pratt Institute where she runs the prestigious jewelry design program; and Eric Messin, resident jewelry maker and silversmith based inside the current Pelletreau Silver Shop in Southampton.     
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Created alongside a companion exhibition about colonial American silversmith Elias Pelletreau, these contemporary artists draw inspiration from silver’s long global history in jewelry and decorative arts. The natural world, geometry and architecture inspire works that are both traditional and innovative. The resulting collection gives visitors a chance to explore the breadth and fascinating range of possibilities that silver can take. 
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Shaping Silver is on display in the Art Museum’s Victoria V. Costigan Gallery from September 21st through December 31st. On November 3rd and November 10th the museum will host a two-part jewelry-making workshop with sculptor and jewelry maker Julio Saenz, known for his hammered copper works.
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Bee vase, by Michael Izrael Galmer, 2000-2001. Silver old plate, garnets, amber, shell. Collection of the artist.
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Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.longislandmuseum.org
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AAQ Resource: McDonough & Conroy Architects
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