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The lazy month of August is here and everyone is on vacation or cramming in a bit more of it before school starts again. So this newsletter is going to be short and sweet. Enjoy a few more weeks of leisure before it's back to the excitement that comes with fall, and if you need some reading material in the meantime, have a look at our website. Good stuff!


Jane Adlin
Jane Adlin
Ursula Ilse-Neuman

On my recent visit to New York I saw Unique by Design, a show of the collection of Donna Schneier at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and checked out the MAD museum show Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography again. AJF members participated in the exciting openings of these two shows in May. But on this trip I was sad to discover that both of the curators, Jane Adlin at the Met and Ursula Ilse-Neuman at MAD, have left their positions at their respective museums. These two brilliant ladies are seasoned curators and scholars and are now open to new projects. The field needs to help them keep busy. Any suggestions? 


À bientôt,


Susan Cummins

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AJF interviews artists and curators for the blog section of the website and we find it a constant challenge to ask the question that will entice the interviewee to re-examine their assumptions about their work or give them the opportunity to tell their story. It's not exactly critical writing, but it deals with the part of thinking critically that asks questions. 

We have gotten some interesting feedback to our questions about the idea of criticality, with comments from Ruudt Peters, Nanz Aalund, Kristin D'Agostino, and crownmistress. 

Why not have a look and give us your thoughts?

It's that time of year again! Penland is hosting its annual auction. There are many jewelry items available. Check out the catalog and if something catches your eye, you can register to participate in absentee bidding here


AJF is going back in time to capture important events! We are archiving some excellent lectures, interviews, and workshops about contemporary jewelry. Most recently, we've added a video of Kiff Slemmons giving her lecture More Than One to Make Oneabout her work in Oaxaca, Mexico, making paper jewelry with skilled local artisans, as well as much more about her thoughts on jewelry.

Thanks to Billie Jean Theide at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for making the video possible. 

Jennifer Navva Milliken, recently appointed as the Curator of Craft at the Bellevue Art Museum in Washington, is a new AJF writer who reviewed Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection. The exhibition is open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York until the end of August, but if you can't make it, reading the review is almost as good as being there. 

Take a look! 

Looking for jewelry-ness in a haystack of jewelry, Peter Deckers reports on the last Schmuck extravaganza from his kiwi viewpoint.
Back to the Future with The New York Times featuring Gijs + Emmy
Repersonalized: photography's propensity to elicit intimate responses gets rebooted by jewelry at the MAD show, Featureshoot reports.
Hirst gives shabby chic a new lease on life (sort of) with golden pills disgorging rubies. In gold. And rubies (or did we mention that already?).
Quoil Gallery
Nadine Smith: Private Universe August 8-September 4, 2014
Ornamentum Gallery
Silke Spitzer: Breathing
through August 10, 2014
Gallery Funaki
Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery
August 12-September 13, 2014
Heidi Lowe Gallery
Home: Karen Vanmol & Courtney Kemps
August 9-September 9, 2014
Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery
Tilling Time/Telling Time
August 20-September 10, 2014
Galerie Ra
Jorge Manilla: Beyond the Limits
July 19-September 6, 2014



These books make a great addition to any craft-conscious library!

<<< Damian Skinner's survey of different facets of the field, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, with contributions from many thinkers on the topic, is a great introduction to the wide world of contemporary jewelry.


>>> Benjamin Lignel's AJF Best of Interviews is a look behind the scenes into the private thoughts of makers, curators, and collectors. 



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