octobre 1, 2022
Juxtapoz Magazine – The Clamor of Ornament: Exchange, Power, and Joy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present
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Juxtapoz Magazine – The Clamor of Ornament: Exchange, Power, and Joy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present

The Drawing Center // June 15, 2022 – September 18, 2022

Artist Unknown, Moyō hinagata miyako no nishiki / [henshū Yamanaka Kichirobē] : [volume 1], 1886, illustrated book, 10 1/4 inches (26 cm). Watson Library copy. William Alexander Smith Fund. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art LibrariesArtist Unknown, Moyō hinagata miyako no nishiki / [henshū Yamanaka Kichirobē] : [volume 1], 1886, illustrated book, 10 1/4 inches (26 cm). Watson Library copy. William Alexander Smith Fund. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries

Albrecht Dürer, The First Knot. Interlaced Roundel with an Oblong Panel in its Center, ca. 1521, woodcut, 10 11/16 x 8 3/8 inches (27.1 x 21.2 cm). George Khuner Collection. Bequest of Marianne Khuner, 1984. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of ArtAlbrecht Dürer, The First Knot. Interlaced Roundel with an Oblong Panel in its Center, ca. 1521, woodcut, 10 11/16 x 8 3/8 inches (27.1 x 21.2 cm). George Khuner Collection. Bequest of Marianne Khuner, 1984. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Martin Schongauer, Querfüllung auf hellem Grund (Horizontal Ornament), c. 1470. Engraving on white paper, 2 5/16 x 2 15/16 inches (5.9 x 7.4 cm). Museum purchase in memory of George Campbell Cooper, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.Martin Schongauer, Querfüllung auf hellem Grund (Horizontal Ornament), c. 1470. Engraving on white paper, 2 5/16 x 2 15/16 inches (5.9 x 7.4 cm). Museum purchase in memory of George Campbell Cooper, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Martin Sharp, Blowing in the Mind/Mister Tambourine Man, 1968. Lithograph on wove paper, 29 7/16 x 19 7/8 inches (74.8 x 50.5 cm). Gift of Sara and Marc Benda. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. © Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2021Martin Sharp, Blowing in the Mind/Mister Tambourine Man, 1968. Lithograph on wove paper, 29 7/16 x 19 7/8 inches (74.8 x 50.5 cm). Gift of Sara and Marc Benda. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. © Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2021

Wolfgang Hieronymus Von Bömmel, Lion and Hare Composed of Ornamental Leaf-Work, from Wolfgang Hieronymus Von Bömmel, Lion and Hare Composed of Ornamental Leaf-Work, from « Neueersonnene Gold-Schmieds Grillen » (New Designs for Ornaments in Gold), 1698. Engraving on off-white laid paper, 5 x 7 7/8 inches (12.7 x 20 cm). Museum purchase through gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Margaret Concha, Applique and Embroidered Coverlet, 1943. Watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper. 23 7/16 x 19 13/16 inches (59.5 x 50.4 cm). Courtesy National Gallery of ArtMargaret Concha, Applique and Embroidered Coverlet, 1943. Watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper. 23 7/16 x 19 13/16 inches (59.5 x 50.4 cm). Courtesy National Gallery of Art

Perkins Harnly, Boudoir, c. 1931. Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper, 22 5/8 x 17 13/16 inches (57.5 x 45.3 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Index of American Design, 1943.Perkins Harnly, Boudoir, c. 1931. Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper, 22 5/8 x 17 13/16 inches (57.5 x 45.3 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Index of American Design, 1943.

Louie Ewing, Plate 1 (Navajo Blankets), 1940–43. Screenprint, 26 x 20 inches (66.1 x 50.7 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Gift of Reba and Dave Williams, 2008.Louie Ewing, Plate 1 (Navajo Blankets), 1940–43. Screenprint, 26 x 20 inches (66.1 x 50.7 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Reba and Dave Williams Collection, Gift of Reba and Dave Williams, 2008.

Christoph Jamnitzer, Das Neuw Grottesken Buch (The New Book of Grotesques), 1573–1610. Etching, 5 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches (14.3 x 18.3 cm) Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ⓒ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.Christoph Jamnitzer, Das Neuw Grottesken Buch (The New Book of Grotesques), 1573–1610. Etching, 5 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches (14.3 x 18.3 cm) Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ⓒ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Owen Jones, Designs (1 of 51) for publication in Examples of Chinese Ornament (London, 1867) (Plates 10, 40, 56), 1866–67. Paper, gouache, gold paint, drawing, 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (34.3 x 24.1 cm) each. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Purchased with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, V&A Members and The Belvedere Trust, ⒸVictoria and Albert Museum, London.Owen Jones, Designs (1 of 51) for publication in Examples of Chinese Ornament (London, 1867) (Plates 10, 40, 56), 1866–67. Paper, gouache, gold paint, drawing, 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (34.3 x 24.1 cm) each. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Purchased with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, V&A Members and The Belvedere Trust, ⒸVictoria and Albert Museum, London.

Bringing together more than 200 objects produced over the past five centuries, The Clamor of Ornament: Exchange, Power, and Joy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present explores ornament in architecture, art, and design through the lens of drawing. The exhibition foregrounds ornament’s potential as a mode of communication, a form of currency, and a means of exchange across geographies and cultures. The Clamor of Ornament seeks to address the multilayered complexity of the history of ornament, including the dissonance between the unequal and destructive relationships that mediate its movement between sources. Together, the objects on view both celebrate and interrogate ornament’s fluidity by making connections between motifs, methods, and intentions.

The exhibition at The Drawing Center features a broad range of drawings, prints, textiles and objects, including eighteenth-century Indian palampores; Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur drawings; kosode paper designs; Navajo textiles; and Albrecht Dürer’s Islamic-inspired woodblock-print knots. This broad approach to the subject of ornament also encompasses original architectural drawings by Louis Sullivan and Sir David Adjaye; contemporary ornament in the form of logos from luxury fashion brands; and even present-day designs for patisserie.

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