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.
Ha! Metalsmiths at Play
December 7, 2013 - March 9,
In spite of (or maybe because of) the exacting nature of their work,
many metalsmiths are known for their irreverence and humor. In that spirit we bring you HA!
exhibition that showcases metalsmiths at play. The exhibition is divided into three sections, including
"Loco Motion," in which metalsmiths find the most entertaining (if not the quickest) way of getting
from here to there; "Funny Looking," which might play a trick or two on your eyes; and "Game On!,"
packed with toys and games both elegant and cheeky. Each section includes work by contemporary
metalsmiths alongside playful installations of historic and contemporary objects from our permanent
collection. For kids of all ages!
Photo: Brian C. Anderson, Wheeled Lizard
, 1999, iron.
Image courtesy of the artist.
On the Edge: Process, Material, and Form in
Contemporary Knife Making
January 11 - May 25, 2014
From fantasy weaponry to the most 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.
It will feature work produced by our recent Artist in Residence Andrew Meers in his pursuit of the American Bladesmith Society’s prestigious Journeyman ranking.
Photo: knife by Robert Coogan, 1985, steel, brass, and rosewood. Metal Museum Permanent Collection.
Selections From the Permanent
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.