Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design

September 15, 2005 — January 22, 2006

Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)
This is an image of a silver cocktail shaker

Charter Company, a division of International Silver Company; Cocktail shaker; 1928; Enameled silver, ebony; Dallas Museum of Art, The Jewel Stern American Silver Collection, acquired through the Patsy Lacy Griffith Collection, gift of Patsy Lacy Griffith by exchange

"Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design" highlights more than 200 outstanding works, from art moderne to contemporary, by the foremost designers of production silver. Widely recognized figures such as Eliel Saarinen, Erik Magnussen, Robert Venturi, Michael Graves, Elsa Peretti and Richard Meier are among the featured designers. The exhibition's primary aim is to chart the stylistic design history of modern American production-line silver from 1925 to 2000, and to reintroduce to the public the many designers working in the industry. ""Modernism in American Silver"" will provide a rich understanding of not only American silver design, but also its relationship to various movements and styles. Many of the works included in the exhibition are from the Dallas Museum of Art's Jewel Stern American Silver Collection which includes over 400 examples of modernist silver.

Kevin W. Tucker, The Margot B. Perot Curator of decorative arts and design at the Dallas Museum of Art, is the project manager and co-curator. Charles L. Venable, deputy director for collections and programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and independent curator Jewel Stern are the guest co-curators of this exhibition. Jane Milosch, curator, is coordinating the exhibition at the Renwick Gallery.


The exhibition catalog is published by Yale University Press. The text was authored by Jewel Stern with additional essays by Charles L. Venable and Kevin W. Tucker. 


"Modernism in American Silver: 20th-Century Design" was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Publication of the exhibition catalog was underwritten by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. The James Renwick Alliance supports the exhibition’s presentation at the Renwick Gallery.