Marrying Old and New: Ancient Treasures and Contemporary Statements with Sasha Nixon, Historian, Curator and Practicing Metalsmith

Episode 29

Sasha Nixon is a curator, historian, and practicing metalsmith. She specializes in the study of contemporary art jewelry, particularly how individual artists are influenced by ancient and historical jewelry styles and techniques. She is co-curator of the Museum of Arts and Design’s (MAD) exhibition Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines (October 2018–March 2019) and received MAD’s 2018 Windgate curatorial internship. She also co-curated the exhibition ANTIQUEMANIA, presented at Pratt Manhattan during the inaugural New York City Jewelry Week (November 12–18, 2018).

The Society of North American Goldsmiths awarded Sasha their 2017 emerging curators grant for her exhibition, A View from the Jeweler’s Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements. She presented her paper “Pixels Bejeweled: Modern Media, Contemporary Jewelry, and the Replication of Desire” at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s international symposium “Digital Meets Handmade: Jewelry in the 21st Century” in May 2018. That paper and “In the Studio: Lin Cheung,” written for Metalsmith magazine, will be published later this year.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Sasha’s path to becoming a hands-on metalsmith as well as a jewelry historian and curator.
  • The process for creating A View from the Jeweler’s Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements.
  • The challenges overcome when putting together the exhibition.
  • What people will take away from visiting A View from the Jeweler’s Bench.

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Episode Transcript

Sharon Berman