Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment
October 6, 2018 – April 21, 2019
Fuller Craft Museum
Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment brings together 75 examples of contemporary jewelry and costume that demonstrate the immense power of adornment to impact us physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Showcasing wearable work in various media national and international artists, including Lauren Kalman, Märta Mattsson, and Mallory Weston (image), the exhibition explores the outer limits of comfort through works that constrict body movement, irritate the skin, make extreme demands, or touch upon sensitive cultural nerves. Uneasy Beauty is part of the Mass Fashion collaborative, a consortium of eight cultural institutions that aim to explore and celebrate the many facets of the Bay State’s culture of fashion. This exhibition is curated by Suzanne Ramljak, an art historian, writer, curator, and former editor of Metalsmith magazine.