The Widespread Liberation of Jewelry

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In October 2015, acclaimed Norwegian craft theorist and historian Jorunn Veiteberg delivered a 40-minute lecture at the Danish Design Museum, in Copenhagen. Her lecture used Susan Cohn’s Unexpected Pleasures exhibition (Design Museum London, 2012–2013) as a point of departure to recontextualize the New Jewelry movement in contemporary terms and signal how current practice has “liberated” jewelry.

Many thanks to Jorunn for letting us put her excellent lecture online.


  • Jorunn Veiteberg

    Jorunn Veiteberg has a PhD in art history from the University of Bergen, Norway. She has been head of exhibitions at Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen and Galleri F15 in Moss, Norway, and head of arts at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. She was editor-in-chief of the Norwegian arts and craft magazine Kunsthandverk from 1998 to 2007, and adjunct professor in creative curating at the Kunst-og designhøgskolen i Bergen (Bergen Academy of Art and Design) from 2007 to 2014. She is currently a freelance writer and guest professor at School of Design and Crafts at Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden. Among her publications are Sigurd Bronger: Laboratorium Mechanum (2011); Konrad Mehus: Form Follows Fiction (2012); “Between Common Craft and Uncommon Art: On Wood in Jewellery,” in From the Coolest Corner (2013); “Visual Pleasures,” in Daniel Kruger: Between Nature and Artifice Jewellery 1974 – 2014 (2014); “In defence of repetition,” in Différence et Répétition (2014); and “Magic Miniatures,” in Felieke van der Leest: The Zoo of Life: Jewellery and Objects 1996 – 2014 (2014).

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