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Driehaus Museum exhibits art jewelry

The Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry exhibition at the Dreihaus Museum will feature over 250 pieces of jewelry that was created in the early decades of the 20th century. During this epoch, jewelry makers, and artisans throughout the world created new vibrant styles in response to the changing to mass industralization that was occuring throughout the world and the changing of womens roles in society.

This newfangled design was characterized as bold, meticulously detailed, handcrafted and inspired by nature and their surroundings. This specific style became known as art jewelry. Several different paradigms and areas of art jewelry design will be explored such as the Arts and Crafts movement that was found in Great Britian, the Art Nouveau in France, Jugenstil in Germany and Austria, Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York, and American Arts and Crafts in Chicago.

Although the exhibit will display both men and women works side by side, there are distinct differences in styles. Since the roles of women were changing, few of them were present within the workshops of these regions. Contributing to these movements, women highlighted the fashionable clothing at the time while also representing their individual characteristics and likes during the time period.

The Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry exhibition is comprised of jewelry pieces from the museum’s founder, Richard H. Driehaus, Tiffany & Co. and Chicago History Museum. It will run through January 3, 2016.

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