Bent, Cast & Forged The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia at The MAD

Coming to MAD from the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bent, Cast & Forgedexplores the jewelry designs of Harry Bertoia (b. 1915 – d. 1978) and follows his investigations of form and material in his early days as an artist and designer.


A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and a former metalsmithing instructor, Bertoia has received international acclaim for his woven wire metal furniture and large bronze and copper sculptures. His exploration of the medium, though, originated in jewelry design while he was still a high school student in Detroit in the 1930s. Of the hundreds of jewelry pieces attributed to Bertoia, the majority were produced during his years at Cranbrook in the early 1940s.


Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia displays jewelry works and monotype prints, and offers an early glimpse of a creative vision that would crystallize as his career matured. Though he showed an early talent for silver-plated tableware at Cranbrook, wartime rationing forced Bertoia to work on a smaller scale, and he began to create jewelry from melted-down metal scraps—including wedding rings for Cranbrook friends Charles and Ray Eames.

Start Date

May 3, 2016

End Date

September 18, 2016


10:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle New York, NY

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