What's Precious?

When we deprioritize jewelry’s monetary value, what else is precious to us in adornment?

  • 1239 Broadway
    8th Floor
    NY, NY 10001
  • Fri, Nov 18
    5:00pm – 12:00am
    Sat, Nov 19
    10:00am – 8:00pm
    Sun, Nov 20
    10:00am – 8:00pm

The artists participating in What’s Precious? offer ways to acquire adornment other than exchanging money.

How can we celebrate and care for ourselves and each other through accessible adornment? Nine artists have been invited to create experiences or pieces that signify how making adornment accessible can generate community care, propagate abundance, and invite connection.

The joy of expression is familiar to all of us as we dress ourselves in the ways we feel most happy and comfortable. In jewelry, this pure joy can sometimes be overshadowed by the desire to boast of wealth. Expressing ourselves through adornment can be a form of non-verbal vulnerability to the world that also allows us to be intimate with ourselves, our own delights. Liberation in expression is ultimately an invitation to connect. When that invitation is accepted, it is a mutual validation of each other’s existence and pleasure.

The exhibition will include forums for sharing ideas between makers, curated by Ada Chen, and a book launch by collaborator, Kate Connell. A zine with work from the exhibition will be published.

Join us November 18th at 5:00pm for an opening reception and artist talk, followed by a night market, open until midnight! RSVP here.

Each artist will host workshops on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th.

Learn more about Saturday’s workshops here.

Learn more about Sunday’s workshops here.