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The Museum hosts nine to twelve exhibitions per year of national and international significance that draw local as well as out-of-town audiences to the museum. Offerings include themed group shows, the annual Master Metalsmith exhibition, and Tributaries, a series of small solo shows featuring emerging and mid-career metalsmiths. In addition to indoor gallery space, the Museum has a sculpture garden showcasing work from our permanent collection as well as temporary installations.

Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets
May 31 - September 7, 2014

Curated by Suzanne Ramljak, Editor of Metalsmith magazine, Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets showcases some 80 works—including helmets, brass knuckles, breastplates, aggressive or defensive jewelry, chain mail, amulets, talismans, and protective gear—all designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges. The exhibition is accompanied by a book, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, written by Suzanne Ramljak, and published in winter 2014.

Photo: Parker Brown, The Defense of Ignorance (helmet), 2009, steel, brass, bronze, leather, cotton, and wood. Image courtesy of the artist.







Selections From the Permanent Collection

The Metal Museum Collects is on display in our Library and Galleries building. It features five themed exhibits including What Function? New Forms, illustrating contemporary work redefining traditional forms; Integrity and Innovation in the Early 20th Century, featuring Samuel Yellin & J.G. Braun; A Sublime Moment, Frozen: John Marshall's work from 1977-1983; A Metalsmith's Menagerie; and Beauty in the Boundary.

Photo: Violin Padlock with Key, ca. 1900, Mexico. Metal Museum Permanent Collection.

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