Antiquemania Lecture

Pratt Manhattan Center, 144 W 14th Street, New York, NY
November 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Curators Ana Estrades and Sasha Nixon discuss the creative processes and historical references found in the work of artists included in Antiquemania, such as jewelry designer Isabelle Busnel whose hand-cut, powder-coated metal jewel stomachers revisit Baroque and Victorian-era fashion, pattern, and decoration.

Pratt student, faculty and alumni can reserve complimentary tickets. General public tickets are $10.



Isabelle Busnel
After a 15-year career in finance and banking, an urge to express herself in a different way led her to retrain academically. Ms. Busnel obtained her HND in Jewelry in 2008 and a Research MA in 2010, both from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (London Metropolitan University). Busnel is a member of Dialogue Collective, a group of London-based jewelers and silversmiths. She is currently collaborating with La Garantie, a French contemporary jewelry association.

Ana Estrades is a jewelry historian, educator and curator, with an MA in decorative arts from the Bard Graduate Center. Currently, she teaches Gems and Jewelry at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and she is working as Sales Coordinator at Fred Leighton/ Kwiat Salon in Madison Ave. Her research interests range from early modern to contemporary jewelry and designers; collectors and collecting; and issues relating to provenance and authenticity. Some of her recent projects include research and interpretation for the digital interactive of the BGC exhibition “NY Crystal Palace 1853,” which won the 2017 New Media Award from the Victorian Society in America, as well as image research and copyright for David Yurman’s publication with Rizzoli “Cable.” Ana is very excited to be co-curating the exhibition Antiquemania during NYC inaugural Jewelry Week this November.

Sasha Nixon is a curator, jewelry historian, and practicing metalsmith. Her Master’s Degree is from Bard Graduate Center in New York City in the decorative arts, material culture, and design history. Her work primarily examines how contemporary art jewelry is influenced by ancient and historical jewelry styles and techniques. She received the 2018 Windgate curatorial internship at the Museum of Art and Design and is currently working with assistant curator Barbara Gifford on MAD’s upcoming exhibitions including the Future of Craft, Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines, 45 Stories, and Anna Sui. Additionally, she was awarded the 2018 Society of North American Goldsmith’s emerging curators grant for her exhibition Statement Jewelry, 1887 BCE - Present: A View from the Jeweler’s Bench, scheduled to be presented by Bard Graduate Center Gallery February, 2019. Nixon presented her paper “Pixels Bejeweled: Modern Media, Contemporary Jewelry, and the Replication of Desire” at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s international symposium Digital Meets Handmade: Jewelry in the 21st Century. That paper will be published later this year. She looks forward to taking part in the vital discourse on adornment that will be New York City Jewelry Week.






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Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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