On Saturday, October 1st, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts the Symposium: Beyond Bling: Jewelry Matters. The symposium celebrates the opening of Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection and features a panel discussion and several speakers exploring contemporary jewelry through design, film, and ethnography. Gijs Bakker will deliver the keynote address.
From 2 October 2016 until 5 February 2017, the LACMA will host the exhibition Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection. 'Beyond Bling' showcases an extraordinary assemblage of contemporary studio jewelry from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and includes work by Gijs Bakker.
The exhibition, which features a selection of 50 works from the gift of over 300 pieces from collector Lois Boardman, explores the use of nontraditional materials and techniques, the ways jewelry can communicate personal or political messages, and the medium's potential to shock and delight. The collection is the first of its kind to enter a museum on the West Coast.