Cindi Strauss, assistant director at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, and AJF chair Susan Cummins take a long stroll through Design Miami’s jewelry galleries, and each bring back their favorite pieces. With comments.
Cindi Strauss is Assistant Director, Programming, and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas. As a curator, Cindi is responsible for the acquisition, research, publication, and exhibition of post-1900 decorative arts, design, and craft. At the MFAH, she has curated more than 20 exhibitions relating to her field, including: Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection (2012); Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection (2008); and The Past Made Present: Contemporary Art and Memory (2006). She has authored or contributed to major catalogs on decorative arts and design topics and has been a frequent lecturer and contributor to decorative arts journals.
Susan Cummins has been involved in numerous ways in the visual arts world over the last 35 years, from working in a pottery studio, doing street fairs, running a retail shop called the Firework in Mill Valley and developing the Susan Cummins Gallery into a nationally recognized venue for regional art and contemporary art jewelry. Now she spends most of her time working with a private family foundation called Rotasa and as a board member of AJF and California College of the Arts.