Margaret De Patta was my first “Margaret Monday” feature and I’m revisiting her because the Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta is at the Museum of Art and Design through September 23rd, 2012. MONDOBLOGO wrote an exuberant post about Margaret De Patta and how her previous blog post was about wire sculptor Ruth Asawa, and then she found a photo of the DePatta in front of her own Asawa piece. I love connections like this, and MONDOBLOGO had a photo of Asawa’s wedding ring, designed by Buckminster Fuller, another favorite of mine.
Bella Neyman has an illuminating interview with Ursula Ilse-Neuman, curator of the Margaret De Patta Exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design, about the sculptural quality of De Patta’s designs, and her use of “opticuts“(intricate faceting of stones to show their interiors with lapidary Francis Sperisen), and one of these she traded for the Ruth Asawa wire sculpture.
Neyman points to an interview with Rupert Deese, who designed the exhibit, which is an artwork unto itself. I was enchanted by Deese’s care for the display of De Patta’s work, his desire to bring the pieces to eye-level, to make their monumental presence known, in spite of being 3 inches at most. As a solution, he created lighted plexiglass cylinders suspended from columns. Deese describes an element from Moholy-Nagy, a teacher of Margaret De Patta:
Moholy-Nagy’s work definitely recognizes that everything is in flux, and therefore, flux should be recognized. And when somebody’s wearing jewelry, it’s a performance. You know, your earrings are fairly static, but nonetheless, they’re there, they move when you move.
Ilse-Neuman sums this up in the title of her article The Transcendent Jewelry of Margaret De Patta: Vision in Motion. Vision in Motion.
Space-Light-Structure at: Museum of Art and Design, New York City, June 5th, 2012-September 23rd, 2012, Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta.
More photos at my Margarets Pinterest Board.