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Current Exhibitions

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.

On the Edge: Process, Material, and Form in Contemporary Knife Making
January 11 - May 25, 2014

From fantasy weaponry to finely honed Damascus blades, this exhibition explores the ways in which contemporary knife makers push the medium in surprising directions while upholding the highest standards of craft. The exhibit includes work by past Artist in Residence Andrew Meers, which earned him the American Bladesmith Society’s prestigious Journeyman ranking.

Photo: knife by Robert Coogan, 1985, steel, brass, and rosewood. Metal Museum Permanent Collection.

March 8 - June 15, 2014

Inspired by both micro and macro universes and the mechanics of the solar system, Lang has produced a new body of kinetic sculpture for this exhibition. Driven by a sophisticated motorized system, which is activated by sensors, each sculpture will move and respond to the presence of viewers. Based in Seattle, Washington, Lang has taught at the University of Washington and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Photo: Kirk Lang, Constellation 2, 2014, anodized titanium, powder coated aluminum, brass, steel, meteorite, carbon, and custom electronics. Image courtesy of the artist.

Alison Ouelette-Kirby and Noah Kirby: Un Chien Regarde bien L'Evêque
March 22 - May 25, 2014

Alison and Noah are well known to the Metal Museum, having exhibited their work here previously in group exhibitions and having organized our popular Art Cookers exhibitions. For the first large-scale exhibition of their collaborative work, they will take over our entire second floor with a site-specific installation consisting of old and new work, animated by mechanical elements and sound.

Photo: Image courtesy of the artists.

Selections From the Permanent Collection

On view in our Library galleries - The Metal Museum Collects. The Metal Museum Collects is now 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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