In 2010, Rock Hushka gave a lecture at SOFA NY titled ‘Holding Objects: The Psychoanalytic Mechanisms of Wearing Jewelry.’ In his lecture, Hushka explained that he came to the subject of art jewelry seeking to understand the relationship between the artist and the wearer. He began by exploring the idea that jewelry appeals to many on an emotional level enhanced by facets of one’s particular culture. He then expounded on the unspoken messages of jewelry in general and continued on to examine in particular the meaning and message of studio art jewelry. Using psychoanalytical concepts, Hushka presented four different approaches to interpretation. This lecture was sponsored by AJF.