This is a brooch. It was designed by Art Smith. It is dated Designed 1949, thisexample probably after 1949 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is bent and flattened brass and copper wire. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
One of the few African Americans creating jewelry in the 1940s and 50s, Art Smith was drawn to making “wearable art.” He took inspiration from modern sculpture, dance, and jazz. This brooch demonstrates Smith’s ingenuity as a metalsmith and designer. Peaked at the top, the brooch easily transforms into a pendant by adding a small bail.
This object was
It is credited
The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 8.5 × 8.7 × 1.5 cm (3 7/8 × 3 1/4 × 1/4 in.)
It has the following markings
On reverse, lower right - Signature "Art Smith"
Cite this object as
Angular Brooch; Designed by Art Smith (American, 1917–1982); bent and flattened brass and copper wire; H x W x D: 8.5 × 8.7 × 1.5 cm (3 7/8 × 3 1/4 × 1/4 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-104
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.