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RINGS!
1968 - 2021

MAR. 27 - JUNE 12, 2022

 

Conceived by Helen Drutt 

 

Gasparrini Galleries

Per Suntum, Ring of Bloom, 1994/2021. Gold.

Artwork courtesy of the Helen Williams Drutt Family Collection. Photo: Virginia Price.

“Drutt’s distinguished eye and longtime bonds with artists guided her selections, resulting in an exhibition that layered sculptural expressions
and personal narratives across the landscape of the ring form.”
Elizabeth Essner (1) 

RINGS! 1968 – 2021 showcases a remarkable collection of contemporary rings that reveal the wide-ranging creativity of artists working in this timeless jewelry form. These wearable art pieces examine the cultural, political, and personal meanings of the ring and reveal a wide variety of traditional metalsmithing techniques, experimental methods and materials, and contemporary processes. This exhibition features over 100 rings by international artists from Australia, Austria, England, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.  

 

First opening last summer at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design (Philadelphia, PA), this traveling exhibition was on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (Houston, TX) in early 2022 before moving to the Metal Museum in spring 2022.

 

RINGS! highlights many works owned by exhibition organizer Helen Drutt, a renowned educator, gallery owner, author, patron of the arts, and advocate of modern and contemporary craft. Drawing on her many and diverse experiences in the art world, Drutt adds historic context and scholarly weight to the diverse assemblage of rings on display.

 

Wearable art, Drutt believes, invites conversations about contemporary art into everyday life and emphasizes the importance of jewelry in modern-day society. This exhibition was researched by independent curator Elizabeth Essner with assistance from Colleen Terrell.

 

A selection of rings from the Metal Museum’s Permanent Collection will accompany this exhibition. 

 

 

1. Elizabeth Essner, “RINGS!,” Metalsmith Vol. 41, No. 3 (2021): 40. 

​NEW!

EXHIBIT CATALOG

 

Commemorate the exhibit that changed the way we think of 
adornment with this
display-worthy
exhibit catalog, available in the Museum Store.

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FEATURED ARTISTS

Australia 

Robert Baines 
Helen Britton 

Austria 

Elisabeth Jesus Guennaibim Defner 
Helfried Kodré 
Fritz Maierhofer 
Petra Zimmermann 

Belgium 

Emile Souply 

Czech Republic 

Svatopluk Kasalý 
Milan Nováček 
Oldřich Sládek 
Josef Symon 
Karel Votipka

 

Denmark 

Kim Buck 
Per Suntum 

 

Estonia 

Kadri Mälk 

 

France 

Pierre Cavalan 

Germany 

Peter Bauhuis
Manfred Bischoff 
Claus Bury 
Ute Decker 
Georg Dobler 
Iris Eichenberg 
Karl Fritsch 

Toni Goessler-Snyder

Margit Jäschke

Hermann Jünger

Martin Kaufmann

Ulla Kaufmann

Falko Marx

Gerd Rothmann

Stephan Seyffert

Barbara Seidenath 

India 

Niki Sawansukha 

Italy 

Giampaolo Babetto 
Monica Cecchi 
Paolo Chimeri
Bruno Martinazzi 
Paolo Marcolongo 
Gigi Mariani 
Stefano Marchetti 
Barbara Paganin 
Fabrizio Tridenti 
Giorgio Vigna 
Annamaria Zanella 

Japan 

Yasuki Hiramatsu 
Jiro Kamata 

Takashi Kojima

Miye Matsukata
Ritsuko Ogura 
Fumiki Taguchi 

Mexico 

Dania Chelminksy 

The Netherlands 

Hans Appenzeller 
Gijs Bakker 
Paul Derrez 
Peter de Wit 
Philip Sajet 

Norway 

Sigurd Bronger 
Tone Vigeland

Russia 

Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya 

South Korean 

Ji Soo Lee 

Spain 

Ramón Puig Cuyàs 

Sweden 

Christer Jonsson 
Märta Mattsson 
Margareth Sandström

Bernhard Schobinger 
Sanna Svedestedt Carboo 
Tore Svensson 

Switzerland 

David Bielander 
Max Fröhlich 
Therese Hilbert 
Othmar Zchaler 

Ukraine 

Masha Avina 

United Kingdom

Peter Chang 

Breon O’Casey 
Wendy Ramshaw 
Anni Turner 
David Turner 
David Watkins

United States 

Jamie Bennett 
Lola Brooks 
Doug Bucci 
Sharon Church 
Betty Cooke 
Cappy Counard 
Kenneth Derengowski 
Ben Dory 
Sandra Eternline 
Thomas Gentille 
Caroline Gore 
Adam Grinovich 
William Harper 
Daniel Jocz 
Jessica Jane Julius 
Shana Kroiz 
Stanley Lechtzin 
Keith Lewis 
Alexandra Lozier 
Zach Mellman-Carsey 
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray 
Rika Mouw 
Louis Mueller 
Nash Quinn 
Debra Rapoport 
Marjorie Schick 
Lauren Schott 
Joyce J. Scott 
Biba Schutz 
Sondra Sherman 
Kiff Slemmons 
Stacey Lee Webber 
Mark Wagner 
Renée Zettle-Sterling 

Venezuela 

Samuel Guillén 

Vietnam 

Sam Tho Duong 

Yugoslavia

Peter Skubic

EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING SUPPORT

Hyde Family Foundation 

Windgate Charitable Foundation 

OPERATING SUPPORT

ArtsMemphis  

Tennessee Arts Commission