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Modernette Cuff Cuff Bracelet, Designed 1948, this example probably after 1948

This is a Cuff Bracelet. It was designed by Art Smith. It is dated Designed 1948, this example probably after 1948 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is bent and flattened copper wire and bent and patinated sheet brass. 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 for his biomorphic forms from modern sculpture, dance, and jazz. This bracelet gracefully embraces the wrist, using positive and negative space in a dramatic composition that reveals patches of the wearer’s skin creating a new awareness of the body as a living armature.

This object was donated by Susan Lewin. It is credited The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 6.4 × 6 × 6 cm (2 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Signature 'Art Smith' on interior of cuff

Cite this object as

Modernette Cuff Cuff Bracelet, Designed 1948, this example probably after 1948; Designed by Art Smith (American, 1917–1982); bent and flattened copper wire and bent and patinated sheet brass; H x W x D: 6.4 × 6 × 6 cm (2 1/2 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-102

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.

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