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Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…at MAD

Fashion | September 6, 2016 |

Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…at MAD
Image courtesy of MAD

Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…at MAD

Taking up the subject of gold (specifically jewelry and adornment) as representative of power, wealth, love, and sex, Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…, created by visual artist and metalsmith Lauren Kalman, is MAD’s second POV exhibition in the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery.In reference to Austrian architect Adolf Loos’s 1910 lecture “Ornament and Crime”, in which he declared decoration regressive and fit only for degenerates and criminals (this included women and minorities), Kalman commits a “crime” by covering the inside and outside of MAD’s upright white cases with 2,000 gold-plated brass leaves. Loos’s theories laid the groundwork for Modernism, known for its spareness, rectilinearity, and rationality.

 

Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…at MAD
Image courtesy of MAD

 

In this installation, the upright white cases in the jewelry gallery stand in for Loos’s ModernismKalman employs her gold-plated brass leaves as representative of the leaves of kudzu, an invasive vine species that engulfs, spreads, and creates new decorative forms wherever it thrives. Furthermore, similar to invasive kudzu, as guest curator and installation designer, Kalman recontextualizes the jewelry gallery, MAD’s historic collection, and other artists’ practices in an act both beautiful and suffocating.

 

Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…at MADImage courtesy of MAD

 

The organic, gilded foliage overtakes the pristine gallery space and weaves in and around gold jewelry from MAD’s collection, upending minimalism and austerity. Kalman highlights the relationship between decoration (gold) and female sexuality (another “crime”) in her video work made specifically for the exhibition. Though decoration and femininity are still often marginalized in society, Kalman uses them as opportunities for deviance and protest. MAD’s POV series invites guests’ perspectives on the Museum’s permanent collection through the lens of their own practices. Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful… is organized by Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford.

 

Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful…at MAD
Image courtesy of MAD

 

Lauren Kalman: But if the Crime Is Beautiful… is part of MAD Transformations, a series of six exhibitions presented this fall that address artists who have transformed and continue to transform our perceptions of traditional craft mediums. Building upon the exhibition Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, which celebrates the work of an artist known for drastically changing the way clay is categorized as an art material and discipline, the MAD Transformations exhibitions consider fiber, clay, and jewelry and metals – disciplines (along with glass and wood) that compose the bedrock of the Museum of Arts and Design’s founding mission and collection, and continue to morph in the hands of contemporary artists today.

 

Museum of Art and Design, New York
October 18 to March 15, 2017

 

more. madmuseum.org

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