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1995 Marcia Bruno Born: Norristown, Pennsylvania 1965 fabricated acrylic and sterling silver overall: 2 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 in. (7.3 x 8.8 x 2.5 cm) A (brooch): 2 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 1 in. (7.3 x 8.8 x 2.5 cm) B (clasp): 1/4 x 3/8 in. (.7 x 1.0 cm) diam. C (clasp): 1/4 x 3/8 in. (.7 x 1.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Zack Peabody 2000.62.4A-C Not currently on view

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This piece uses one of Marcia Bruno’s favorite materials: guitar strings. The artist enjoys the flexibility, durability, and literal tension the strings contribute to her pieces. The brooch is part of Bruno’s Galvanometer series, which was inspired by her husband’s old physics textbook, describing an instrument that measures the strength and direction of an electrical current. The shape of the brooch is actually similar to an old-fashioned galvanometer, while her materials seem to act out the movement of the current.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver

plastic - acrylic