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
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
The Metal Museum Collects
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.