To kick off The Bench | Southwest Makers Symposium, Andrew Connors leads a special public presentation on the history of adornment in New Mexico.
A Southwest native, Connors studied Art History and Architecture at Yale University. He went on to serve as a curator at several national museums. After being appointed as director of Albuquerque Museum, Connors has curated several stunning exhibitions, including American Jewelry from New Mexico. The exhibition showcased over 300 wearable artworks from prehistory to the present.
Metalsmith Rachel Shimpock will introduce Connors, as well as contemporary jeweler Robert Ebendorf. As an award-winning jeweler and founder of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Ebedorf brings over fifty years of experience to this special presentation. He will discuss how the railway introduced the richness of the crafts in the Southwest to the world beyond.
This event takes place in conjunction with opening weekend of Six Years Smitten, a monumental adornment exhibition that opens Friday, July 26, 5-7 pm at form & concept.