Gijs Bakker delivered keynote address at opening Beyond Bling

On October 1st, Gijs Bakker delivered the keynote address at the symposium during the opening of “Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection”. The symposium featured a panel discussion and several speakers exploring contemporary jewelry through design, film, and ethnography.

Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection, showcasing for the first time selected works from the Lois Boardman collection of international contemporary studio jewelry, recently donated to LACMA. The collection comprises over 300 pieces that represent the full spectrum of unconventional jewelry-making in the late 20th and early 21st centuries and has immediately vaulted LACMA’s contemporary jewelry holdings to the top ranks in the country.

The jewelers in the collection have followed the lead of earlier makers who defied conventions by creating innovative designs and using non-precious materials to make works prized for their artistic rather than monetary value. They continue to push the boundaries of their field, making jewelry that is distinguished by its personal and political messages, its unlikely media, and its humor and wit.



Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes more than 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art; Latin American art, ranging from masterpieces from the Ancient Americas to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over one million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions through digital initiatives such as online collections, scholarly catalogues, and interactive engagement. LACMA is located in Hancock Park, 30 acres situated at the center of Los Angeles, which also contains the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and the forthcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Situated halfway between the ocean and downtown, LACMA is at the heart of Los Angeles.


Location: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036.


Exhibition: Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection

On View: October 2, 2016–February 5, 2017

Location: Ahmanson Building, Level 2

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