Made in Mexico: Contemporary Art Jewelers with Mexican Heritage

October 16, 2016 - February 5, 2017

Not afraid to use jewelry to share stories or reflect emotion, many contemporary art jewelers create work that is thought-provoking and engaging. Even when not being worn, their pieces can reflect the personal, social, and cultural. This exhibition features the work of three artists who use nonprecious materials to explore their Mexican heritage. In addition to investigating ideas and issues that have personal meaning, Lorena Angulo, Jorge Manilla, and Georgina Trevino create works that speak to the influence of collective histories and shared experiences.

The diversity of materials represented by these artists corresponds to the innovation of contemporary art jewelry worldwide. Whether they have a metalsmithing background or not, many of those creating art jewelry freely utilize whatever medium best suits their working style, has specific meaning for them, and/or suits their artistic vision.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition Gallery Notes
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ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Lorena Angulo, Jorge Manilla, and Georgina Treviño

Lorena Angulo
Corazón (Heart) Medallions (Earrings) 1988

Sterling silver with liver of sulfur patina and turquoise
3 1/4 x 1 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: O’Hara Studios

Lorena Angulo
Arbol de la Vida (Tree of Life Neckpiece), 2016

Sterling silver, turquoise, and silk thread
24 inches long
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: O’Hara Studios

Jorge Manilla
Some Moments to Remember (Brooch), 2016

Wood, acryl gypsum, silk, and brass
5 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Alexandra Colmenares Cossio

Jorge Manilla
Lies, Lies (Brooch), 2016

Wood, vinyl gypsum, leather, steel, and copper
6 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Alexandra Colmenares Cossio

Georgina Treviño
Balance (Neckpiece)(detail), 2016

Cement, sterling silver, cork, wood, and acrylic paint
17 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

Georgina Treviño
Untitled (Neckpiece)(detail), 2016

Cement, sterling silver, and string
18 3/4 x 3 x 1 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist

 

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This exhibition is made possible by: Platinum Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, SC Johnson, Windgate Charitable Foundation; Diamond Sponsor - Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Herzfeld Foundation, Johnson Bank, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, W. T. Walker Group, Inc.; Silver Sponsors – Andis Foundation, Real Racine, Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - Burlington Graphic Systems, Inc., CNH Industrial, EC Styberg Foundation, Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Norbell Foundation, Orkney Springs Retreat, Rasmussen Diamonds, Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild, Wisconsin Public Radio