FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Modernist Jewelry of Claire Falkenstein
May 2 – August 15, 2004


Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803
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(562) 439-2119, ext. 229
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Claire Falkenstein, “Body Chain”, ca. 1971-72,
brass and quartz geode, 16 x 12 x 8 inches
Private Collection, Santa Monica

Long Beach, CA. - The Modernist Jewelry of Claire Falkenstein features over 100 examples of forged and cast metal jewelry – rings, earrings, necklaces, buttons, brooches, pendants, bracelets, and vest-like body ornaments – created between 1945 and 1980 by the pioneering California-based sculptor Claire Falkenstein (1908 – 1997).

The exhibition is co-curated by Falkenstein scholar Maren Henderson and Long Beach Museum of Art Director Harold B. Nelson.

Widely known for the iron and colored glass gates she made in 1961 for Peggy Guggenheim’s Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, American-born artist Claire Falkenstein created a vast body of work in a wide array of materials, from the forged metal sculpture for which she is best known, to paintings, ceramics, prints, stained glass windows, and jewelry. Throughout her long and productive career, Falkenstein frequently experimented with various craft media as a means of exploring new ideas, forms and materials, and as a vehicle for integrating art and daily life. Her stunning forged and cast metal jewelry was among the finest work produced during these years of exploration and experiment.

The Modernist Jewelry of Claire Falkenstein advances the Long Beach Museum of Art’s mission to feature work by California artists, to serve as a showcase for the decorative arts, to shed new light on little-known aspects of an artist’s work, and to feature the work of women and other traditionally under-represented artists. In that the Long Beach Museum of Art has significant holdings of Claire Falkenstein’s work, including her jewelry, The Modernist Jewelry of Claire Falkenstein also creates an educational context in which the artist’s work might be seen and better understood by the public.

Claire Falkenstein’s work is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Oakland Museum of California; and the Long Beach Museum of Art.

The Modernist Jewelry of Claire Falkenstein is accompanied by a catalogue with essay by Falkenstein scholar Maren Henderson, and an introduction by Long Beach Museum of Art Director Harold B. Nelson.

About The Long Beach Museum of Art
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