LOOT:MAD About Jewelry 2019
On Monday, April 8th, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) held their opening benefit cocktail, shopping, and awards dinner evening kicking off their nineteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry. This is their annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry. Honored with the LOOT Awards were jewelry designer and philanthropist Adria de Haume and jewelry and fashion designer Josie Natori, as well as the presentation of the LOOT Acquisition Prize.
The evening started with a cocktail reception at the MAD exhibit to meet the artists and to also preview and purchase these one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Benefit guests received first access to LOOT shopping.
LOOT 2019 features fifty-five artists from eighteen countries and territories: Austria (1), Belgium (1), Chile (2), Finland (1), France (2), Germany (6), Italy (2), Korea (5), Poland (1), Portugal (2), Spain (5), Sweden (1), Taiwan (1), Thailand (1), Turkey (3), the United Kingdom (14), the United States (6), and the US Virgin Islands (1). In addition to a diverse range of artistic practices, the jewelry on display encompasses a wide array of materials, from traditional metals to more unconventional media like leather, glass, porcelain, paper, silicone, resin, textiles, wood, horsehair, recycled skateboards, and ultraviolet-reactive nylon.
Guests attending included, Mickey Ateyeh, Marika and Neil Bender, Young Yang Chung, Audrey Cohen, as well as, MAD chairman Michele Cohen, Isabelle Harnoncourt Feigen, Carole Bailey French and John French III, Joan and George Hornig, Jacqui Lividini, Marsy Mittlemann, Barbara de Portago, Robi Queen, Peter and Barbara Regna, Tom Roush, MAD Director Chris Scoates, Allyson Tang, chair Emeritus Barbara Tober and her husband Donald Tober, Kay Unger, Harriet Weintraub and Lynn Yaeger.
After cocktails guests were escorted upstairs to MAD’s Robert Restaurant for a scrumptious meal of Scottish Salmon and decadent desserts and a short program. New director Chris Scoates welcomes guests and expressed his excitement for his first LOOT. Joan Hornig, herself a former LOOT honoree, graciously introduced her longtime friend and 2019 honoree Adria de Haume. Adria expressed her gratitude in her speech that proclaimed, “Art is the answer to so much that is wrong in the world right now.” Chair Emeritus Barbara Tober took the stage to express her admiration and praise for Josi Natori who answered in a typically short speech, “I am lucky after four decades that I am doing what I love, art.” Marsy Mittlemann announces the winners of the Acquisition Prize, Mariko Kusumoto and Joo Hyung Park. A special thank you went out to sponsor Paolo Costagli who helped make LOOT possible.
PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND SALE HOURS
Tuesday, April 9: 10 am to 6 pm Wednesday, April 10: 10 am to 6 pm Thursday, April 11: 10 am to 9 pm Friday, April 12: 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, April 13: 10 am to 6 pm
Entrance to LOOT is included in the price of Museum admission: $16 general; $14 for seniors; $12 for students; free for MAD members and children under 18 years of age. To purchase tickets online, visit madmuseum.org/visit.