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 bracelet differs from his more biomorphic forms, exhibiting a refined symplicity and rhythm in the repeated C-form bands of different colored metals.
This object was
It is credited
The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 5.5 × 7.2 × 2.5 cm (2 3/16 in. × 2 13/16 in. × 1 in.)
It has the following markings
Cite this object as
Bracelet; Designed by Art Smith (American, 1917–1982); bent brass and silver wire; H x W x D: 5.5 × 7.2 × 2.5 cm (2 3/16 in. × 2 13/16 in. × 1 in.); The Susan Grant Lewin Collection, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; 2016-34-103
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection.