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Let’s Stay Connected—Let’s Talk About Jewelry

We are living in an unprecedented moment, where our notion of “normal” is turned upside down. On behalf of AJF’s board and staff, I want you to know that we’re thinking about you and your families at this time, and hoping you’re staying safe, healthy, and protected. 

As we deal with this new reality, I’m reminded of the words of artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois, who famously said, “Art is a guaranty of sanity.” And so, with this in mind, we want to stay connected with you to talk about our art—all things jewelry. Over the coming months, AJF will continue to provide a virtual place of respite from the craziness of the world. In addition to the articles, interviews, features, and critical discourse you’ve come to rely on, we’ll try to engage with you in new and different ways virtually so we can stay connected and feed our collective passion for jewelry. Please watch the newsletter for details.

In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you: How are you doing? What’s on your mind? What topics would you like to talk about? Please use this form to share your thoughts, comments, and concerns. We’ll share your feedback and use it to help us plan how best to stay connected.

Please stay safe, stay careful, stay engaged, and stay tuned.

—Yvonne Montoya, executive director

Image caption: AJF member and collector Marion Fulk with jewelry from her collection
A Brief History of Ra Gallery
by Susan Cummins

After 43 years in existence at three addresses in Amsterdam and some 400 exhibitions, Ra Gallery closed its doors on December 21, 2019. AJF couldn’t let this pass without an in-depth interview with Ra’s founder and director, Paul Derrez.

Image caption: Exhibition poster-bulletin for Ra Gallery, February 1986, artist: Gijs Bakker, photo: Anna Beeke, courtesy of Paul Derrez
Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery
by Ron Porter

I met Ken Trapp at a luncheon during SOFA Chicago, just after he had left the Oakland Museum as the curator of decorative arts to take the position of curator-in charge of the Renwick Gallery, in Washington, DC. We had been invited, along with a few other contemporary studio jewelry enthusiasts, by Susan Cummins to explore the possibility of developing a national organization devoted to the understanding and promotion of this developing field of American craft.

Image caption: Kenneth R. Trapp, photo courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette
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AJF believes that making information available about jewelry as an art form is an important step in advocating for the field. Our digital library supports the jewelry community by providing online access to jewelry scholarship that would otherwise be impossible to find. 

The library has a new feature that prevents PDFs from being downloaded. Just check the appropriate box when you submit—this will allow people to read the texts, but protects you from undesirable access and distribution.

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