A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS

AUG. 13 - NOV. 5, 2017

Library Galleries

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The Metal Museum’s Permanent Collection focuses on artwork created by American metal artists and artisans from the Post-Craft Revival (1960s and 70s) to the present. International and historic works are included to contextualize the development of the eld as well as past and present influences. The collection eschews the confines of classical academic categorization and instead draws from multiple traditional silos of study to create a focus based on material and process. Contemporary, Modern, Craft and Decorative Arts together tell the story of American metalsmithing and casting. Sculpture, ornamental ironwork, tools, jewelry, blades and hollowware share the spotlight at this institution.

 

Beyond being a repository of metal artwork, the Metal Museum is the home of metal artists and art historians. Blacksmithing and casting apprentices reside on the Museum grounds, while the staff is peppered with coppersmiths, sculptors, jewelers, fabricators and blacksmiths. All of the employees, apprentices, interns and volunteers at the Museum have unique expertise when it comes to metalwork and they were invited to share their perspectives in this exhibition. Everyone selected one piece from the Permanent Collection that is a favorite or one they find particularly interesting and important. The artwork is accompanied by an explanation of why it was selected and why it is important within the Collection.

Motorized Mayfly
Motorized Mayfly

Ira Sherman 1981 Wood, brass, steel, silver, plastic Gift of Eric Stage 2008.1.1

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Excess
Excess

Elizabeth Brim 2000 Steel Gift of John & Robyn Horn 2009.8.1

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Choker #40
Choker #40

Mary Lee Hu 1978 Fine silver, sterling silver, gold, copper L2009.1.1

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Dragster
Dragster

L. Brent Kington c. 1960s Silver Gift of Michael Croft 2016.9.1

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Nile Nite Flite
Nile Nite Flite

J. Fred Woell c. 1985 - 2000 Sterling silver, brass Gift of Micki Lippe 2016.7.1

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Dollops
Dollops

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray 2008 Sterling silver Gift of the Artist 2015.6.1

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The Hollow Land
The Hollow Land

Cozette Phillips 2013 Aluminum, concrete, pewter, steel Gift of the Artist 2014.6.1

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Bow Bowl
Bow Bowl

Jeffrey Funk 1985 Mild steel 2013.1.1

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Porcupine Woven Basket
Porcupine Woven Basket

Ken Carlson 1990 Copper Gift of Gail M. Brown 2011.3.3

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Dwelling II
Dwelling II

Marilyn da Silva 1994 Steel, pewter, copper Gift of the Artist 1999.7.1

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Grape Shears
Grape Shears

Unknown Artist c. 1850 - 1900 Sterling silver, steel Gift of Lynn Glascock 1998.4.1

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Neckpiece #1
Neckpiece #1

Elsa Freund 1963 Silver, amber, glass, clay Gift of Mr. & Mrs. William E. Davis 1993.4.1

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Wheeled Lizard
Wheeled Lizard

Brian C. Anderson 1999 Iron NOMM Purchase 2000.4.1

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Medusa
Medusa

Richard Mawdsley 1979 - 1980 Sterling silver, lapis lazuli Gift of the Artist 1991.2.1

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Mary's Sled
Mary's Sled

James Wallace 1982 Walnut, steel Gift of Mary Lee Hu 2009.1.1

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Spine
Spine

Vivian Beer 2008 Stainless steel Gift of Dana Davis of Davis Steel 2009.5.1

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All photographs courtesy of the Metal Museum

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Windgate Charitable Foundation

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Tennessee Arts Commission