Open Book Dreaming in Silver

“For the artist in Mexico, silver is prized as a medium that invites experimentation. Sculptors, architects, painters, graphic artists, and photographers have challenged themselves in Mexico’s silver workshops."

Penny Morrill
  • 1239 Broadway
    Suite 800
    NY, NY 10001
  • Tues – Thurs 11 – 6pm
    Fri 10 – 1pm
    Or by appointment

This summer, TJL does a deep dive into Penny Morrill‘s new book, Dreaming in Silver, with an exhibition and sale, book signing, workshop, and more.

Join us for a special discussion on Surrealism in Mexican Jewelry and Art between Morrill, Christina De León, Associate Curator of Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, Design Museum, and Mary-Anne Martin, renowned expert on Latin American Art and founder of Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art in NYC.

Tuesday, June 18th at 6:30pm

The Great Room @ The Jewelry Library

1239 Broadway, Penthouse

NY, NY 10001

Limited seating. Email to RSVP.


And stay tuned for more information about Open Book: Dreaming in Silver programming coming soon.



  • Penny Morrill

    Dr. Penny Morrill has developed a history of modern Mexican silver, using primary sources. She established the Sutherland-Taxco Collection at Tulane University’s Latin American Library, for which she was inaugurated into the Paul Tulane Society and was honored with the Emeritus Class Lifetime Achievment Award. Dr. Morrill has assisted in the development of permanent modern Mexican silver collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Dr. Morrill’s books include Mexican Silver (1994, 4th edition, 2007), Silver Masters of Mexico (1996), Maestros de Plata, an exhibit catalog (2002-2004), Margot Van Voorhies (2011), and Dreaming in Silver/Soñar en Plata in Spanish and English ( 2019). She remains committed to supporting contemporary Mexican silver designers. Dr. Morrill has written a monograph of a sixteenth-century urban palace, the Casa del Deán in Puebla, Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2014). Morrill has given presentations on early colonial art in Mexico, Europe, and the United States and is currently researching sixteenth century colonial featherwork.

  • Christina De León

    Christina De León is Associate Curator of Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, Design Museum. From 2010–2016 she was an Associate Curator at Americas Society where she worked on modern and contemporary art and design exhibitions. She also held previous positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. Her research interests lie in the material culture and decorative arts of the Americas, specifically the impact of international modernist principals on the creation of regional visual vocabularies during the post-war era. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center.

  • Mary-Anne Martin

    Mary-Anne Martin, a native New Yorker, was educated at Smith and Barnard Colleges, and NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. In 1966 she interrupted her graduate studies to fill in for a month in the Impressionist Department at Sotheby’s NY (then called Parke Bernet Galleries), and stayed for thirteen years. Martin eventually became Head of the Paintings Department as well as Sotheby’s first female Senior Vice President and Officer of the Board. A trip to Mexico City in 1974 kindled Martin’s interest in Mexican Art and in 1977 she organized for Sotheby’s the first auction of Mexican Paintings ever held in the US, followed by the first auction of Latin American Paintings in 1979. The success of these sales led Martin to create their Latin American Department, and important auctions of Latin American Art have been held at Sotheby’s and Christie’s ever since. Noting the absence of private galleries in the United States devoted to the nascent Latin American field, Martin left Sotheby’s in 1982 to found Mary-Anne Martin|Fine Art, a gallery completely devoted to the promotion and sale of Mexican and Latin American Art. Martin has served as Senior Vice President of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and was a founding member of the Selection Committee for Art Basel Miami Beach serving from 2001 through 2010.