Hi Everyone,

This morning we’d like to introduce you to John Stuart Gordon.


John Stuart Gordon is the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. He received a B.A in Art History from Vassar College, a M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture and is writing his dissertation for Boston University on designer Lurelle Guild. His specialty is American design from the late nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. His latest book is A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery 1920-1950.

Lecture: Making Modern: American Jewelry and Metals, 1920-1950

Americans living in the first decades of the twentieth century felt they inhabited a modern world. A spirit of excitement and experimentation transformed the world around them, and metalsmiths and jewelers endeavored to capture this spirit in their creations. As makers and manufacturers grappled with how best to convey modernism in their products, they drew upon European design, avant-garde art, and science, as well as adopted newly-discovered materials and fabrication processes.

John Stuart Gordon

Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts

Yale University Art Gallery

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