“Good as Gold” was initially featured on the Smithsonian in 2018. Amanda M. Maples, the museum’s curator of African artwork and the exhibit, mentioned that though she’s been part of the challenge since 2012, she wished to broaden the exhibit to North Carolina.
To take action, Maples added 5 extra full vogue ensembles, accomplished by practising modern feminine artists, in addition to an interactive station the place guests can view jewellery on themselves. The exhibit additionally implements the usage of QR codes to incorporate reproductions of works that might not be put in due to COVID-19.
Molly Trask-Value, the exhibition designer on this challenge, mentioned she wished to not solely showcase the jewellery, but in addition give guests an expertise whereas strolling by the exhibit.
“We wished it to really feel kind of like a jewellery field and that the items had been tiny and treasured,” Trask-Value mentioned. “So we made the room actually darkish and highlighted the items actually brightly.”
Maples hopes that when individuals go to the exhibit, they may see that though jewellery is extra of a male-dominated artwork kind, it is pushed by ladies.
“Gold jewellery in Senegal is made by males — virtually solely made by males — however this present isn’t about males, it is about ladies,” Maples mentioned. “It is about empowering ladies and the way gold jewellery is utilized in such a method that offers energy and respect and standing to ladies.”
A most important theme of the exhibit focuses on the Senegalese idea of sañse, a Wolof phrase for dressing up or feeling and looking good. The exhibit explores how ladies could use a bit of gold jewellery to construct a vogue ensemble.
“Sañse isn’t just about magnificence, it’s not nearly sporting a reasonably piece of clothes,” Maples mentioned. “It’s this ethical upstanding high quality as effectively, displaying that magnificence comes from the within, and you need to assist your group and assist different ladies.”
Trask-Value hopes that when guests stroll by the exhibition, they may take the time to view and admire every object.
“I hope that individuals go in and see it, and I hope that every one the items are individually particular. Hopefully, they arrive in, and every bit stands out simply as a lot as the subsequent,” Trask-Value mentioned.