You will not likely find any of this stuff in an MTV crib, but a mother lode of bling is tricking out the Wolfsonian in a flashy exhibit boasting the richness of American silver design during the past century. Opening today, Modernism in American Silver: 20th Century Design features more than 200 eye-popping examples of the silver industrys gaudy gems from 1925 to 2000. The show has been structured around themes from Art Moderne and the avant-garde to the Fifties and the space age, and flaunts pieces by bigwig designers of the day.
This is a great opportunity for the Wolfsonian to showcase important examples of American design from the 1920s to today, explains curator Marianne Lamonaca. The shows focus on one industry allows the visitor to explore how designers and manufacturers adapted their designs to suit changing social, economic, and cultural currents. Players can drool over pimped-out cocktail shakers, water pitchers, tumblers, and tea services, among other standouts in the trove. Then, as now, the growing awareness of style among consumers determined how a company could market its products, Lamonaca adds.
The exhibit runs through March 25. Call 305-531-1001, or visit www.wolfsonian.org.
Nov. 10-March 25