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LOOT - MAD About Jewelry

LOOT 2013: MAD About Jewelry, The Museum of Arts and Design’s annual curated exhibition and sale of one of-a-kind, artist-made jewelry returned this fall from October 2—5, 2013. Now in its 13th year, LOOT has become the ultimate pop-up event for contemporary studio and art jewelry in New York City, offering the public the rare opportunity to meet some of the most innovative jewelry artists in the world. Amongst the 53 jewelers from 20 countries Janka Juhos, the exceptional jewelry designer from Hungary represents her home country at this year’s exhibition and sale.

HUNGARIAN ARTIST presented by Balassi Institute New York

Janka was born into a family of artists which marked out her future carrier well in advance. Currently she is a graduate student at the Metal design Department of Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design. After receiving her BFA, she founded her own jewelry design company, JUJJ in 2010. Apart from her personal projects and cooperation with designers like Dóri Tomcsányi and Klára Kalicz, Janka also participated in the Absolut Vodka Mode Edition Jewelry Design contest in 2011 and designed the Deloitte CE Sustainability Report Award in 2012. She has already achieved international reputation with numerous shows worldwide such as the Color Reinvented Exhibition in Helsinki, the event Hungarian Fashion in Paris, and the Polyhedron jewelry show in Moscow.

Janka’s work is concerned with the belief in the power of the material and its potential to express ideas and construct narratives as visual metaphors in a witty and sophisticated way. Each design piece is characterized by experimentation with surfaces and textures. JUJJ jewelry is about the constant search for harmony between contemporary and traditional forms, local production and global inspiration, the stringency of architectural structures and feminine lightness, repetitive shapes and the softness of the organic human form. This gesture is reiterated in the process of production: the physical act of creating an object plays an essential role in our increasingly virtual world. This penchant for contrasts defines the name of the brand, as well.

JUJJ refers to the feeling of being surprised, that which makes you uncertain at first but then makes you realize that what you see is what you were always looking for. These craft-based objects go hand in hand with fashion, they are signs of claiming a personal position, a place of one’s own in the world, as they appear in a quiet symbiosis with its wearer. "Objects worn on the human body fundamentally shape our world and impressions. We are being forced to rethink our image and role as individuals within an ever more diverse and culturally complex community, a world in which jewelry can serve as a guide." - stated Janka.
Bryna Pomp, 
jewelry specialist and curator of the show added “We are constantly looking for artists whose work shows original and innovative design, artistic expressiveness, and outstanding craftsmanship. The process took us to different parts of the world and allowed us to meet a far-reaching group of artists and explore the latest trends and techniques in contemporary jewelry-making. We are very pleased to be able to bring such a diverse and exciting array of work together for LOOT.” Bryna Pomp selected all artists for their originality, use of materials, and expert craftsmanship.


The Museum of Arts and Design’s collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry documents the development of studio jewelry from its origins in the post-World War II era to the present day and includes over 600 jewelry pieces ranging from the pioneering work of early American Studio Jewelers, such as Margaret De Patta and Sam Kramer, to the groundbreaking and nontraditional methods of contemporary artists like Peter Chang and Joyce Scott. MAD explores the intersection of art, craft, and design today, through exhibitions and programs focusing on contemporary creation, materials and processes, from handmade to digital. A dynamic roster of public programs engages visitors in the creative process, including open studios, workshops, tours, and master classes. Lectures, films, performances, and symposia related to the Museum’s collection and current topics in the world of contemporary art, craft, and design are held in MAD’s auditorium.

LOOT 2013

LOOT 2013 showcases the work of jewelry students from New York’s Pratt Institute and a varied mix of international jewelry artists who has long been one of LOOT’s attractions, and this year is no exception. Countries represented this year include Argentina, Denmark, Indonesia, Hungary, Japan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. A wide variety of materials is also well represented, including traditional ones like 18K gold, sterling silver, bronze, titanium, aluminum, pearls, and semiprecious stones to more unusual ones like 3D printed nylon, glass, felt, porcelain, volcanic lava, recycled rope, fossils, and industrial springs.
“There is no other event that offers the public a chance to see such a wide variety of expressive and original jewelry from around the world and meet the artists” says
 Michele Cohen, LOOT Chair. “LOOT builds on MAD’s longstanding history of presenting contemporary art jewelry. We are delighted to bring so many artists into the Museum and so much new work to the public through this event.” Like last year, a Museum-wide jewelry study day, featuring panels and programs on contemporary art jewelry is part of the exhibition. 
As part of this year’s festivities, the Museum honors two fashion icons with the 2013 LOOT Award for Contemporary Art Jewelry:
 Iris Apfel and Barbara Berger. At 92, Apfel continues to be a doyenne of personal style. Regarded as a fashion icon, she is often seen wearing elaborate and colorful costume jewelry as documented by style photographers like The New York Times’ Bill Cunningham. 
As a young woman, Apfel began her foray into fashion and design working for Women’s Wear Daily. While running a textile firm with her husband, Apfel established herself as an in-demand interior designer, with projects including design restorations at the White House for nine U.S. presidents. Her friend and fellow award recipient Barbara Berger is a well-known figure among jewelry and fashion enthusiasts. Berger has built an impressive collection of fashion jewelry, over 4,000 pieces, spanning the past five decades. Highlights from this treasure trove of jewels, which includes couture jewelry from Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Miriam Haskell, will be on view in the exhibition Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger at MAD from June 25, 2013 – January 11, 2014.

Venue: Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York 10019-NY
Opening hours: 
October 2, Wednesday 10am - 6pm
October 3, Thursday 10am - 9pm
October 4, Friday 10am - 9pm
October 5, Saturday 10am - 6pm


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