The idea for the exhibition, Upended Lives: Jewelry in the Age of Covid, was conceived by Yvonne Markowitz, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator Emerita of Jewelry, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Elyse Karlin, jewelry historian, author, and freelance curator. Markowitz and Karlin are co-directors of ASJRA and co-editors of Adornment Magazine.

The exhibition will run September 11th – October 30th, 2021 at Mobilia Gallery, 348 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 as well as online at An entire issue of Adornment Magazine will be dedicated to the exhibition to be published online in mid-September.

“During challenging times, artists occupy a unique position in society because of their exceptional ability to unearth, absorb, and illuminate what lies hidden or inchoate. It is their creative efforts that provide us with the means to understand, comfort, challenge, and seek solutions in troubling times.” — Elyse Karlin and Yvonne Markowitz, ASJRA.

Yvonne Markowitz and Elyse Karlin of ASJRA have collaborated with Libby and Jo Anne Cooper of Mobilia Gallery to invite 44 international studio jewelry artists to create a special piece or limited series of jewelry reflecting on their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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