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September 14, 2005

David A. Taylor to Discuss Georg Jensen Jewelry on Oct. 6

Author and exhibition curator David A. Taylor will discuss Georg Jensen jewelry at the Library of Congress at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, cosponsored by the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division and the American Folklife Center, is free and open to the public.

Taylor is a folklife specialist in the American Folklife Center and curator of an exhibition titled "Georg Jensen Jewelry" at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in New York City. The exhibition, scheduled to run through Oct. 14, is a comprehensive examination of the renowned Danish silversmith’s jewelry production, exploring its evolution from the firm’s founding in 1904 to the mid 1970s.

Taylor is the editor of the exhibition catalog, "Georg Jensen Jewelry," published by the Bard Graduate Center and Yale University Press. Taylor also has written another book about Jensen’s work titled, "Georg Jensen Holloware: The Silver Fund Collection" (2003). An expert on material culture, Taylor has written extensively on design and craftsmanship.

Jensen (1866-1935) founded his silversmith business in Copenhagen in 1904. His sculptural style and affordable jewelry designs proved immensely popular. His jewelry was soon followed by holloware and flatware design and production. Considered one of the foremost Danish designers of his time, Jensen was awarded a gold medal for the work he displayed at the 1910 International Exhibition in Brussels. Jensen’s jewelry was first exhibited to critical acclaim in the United States in 1915 at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. A number of international retail outlets were in operation by 1925, and Jensen received the Grand Prix award at international exhibitions in Paris (1925), Barcelona (1929) and Brussels (1935). The Jensen silversmith firm celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Division provides reference service and collection development in the Main, Local History and Genealogy, and Microform reading rooms, and sponsors lectures in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 to "preserve and present American Folklife" through programs of research, documentation, archival presentation, reference service, exhibitions, public programs and training. The center includes the Archive of Folk Culture, established in 1928 and now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world.

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PR 05-189
09/14/05
ISSN 0731-3527

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