Upcoming Exhibitions

Note: These dates are as of September 9, and are subject to change. 

Finding the Words: Pittsburgh and the early Civil Rights Movement

R. P. Simmons Family Gallery
August 30–December 2014

The Scientific Art of Charles Knight

R. P. Simmons Family Gallery
November 8, 2014–April 26, 2015

Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection

Wertz Gallery
January 31–March 30, 2015

Showcasing more than 20 of ketchup magnate H. J. Heinz’s most spectacular time pieces, Time Machines: Watches from the H.J. Heinz Collection, turns back the hands of time with such beauties as a gold mechanical “repeating watch” with figures that strike the hour, an example of clock-making technology that dates to the 17th century. Other rarities include a watch once owned by British naval hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson and a music box watch adorned with a feathered bird.

Time Machines is a repeat presentation of the extremely popular exhibition that appeared in Wertz Gallery in the summer of 2008.

The Collector’s Edge: Sharing the Thrill of Discovery

Wertz Gallery
April 18–June 1, 2015

Bryan Lees established his company, The Collector’s Edge, in 1984. Since that time he and his staff of stalwart professionals have mined museum-quality specimens from mineral deposits around the world. Some of these ventures have produced mineral specimens and gemstones of surpassing beauty. This exhibit presents a selection of spectacular discoveries gleaned from 31 years of mining. Lees is currently a research associate in minerals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the 1997 winner of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award.

Animal Secrets

R. P. Simmons Family Gallery
May 16, 2015–January 10, 2016

Out of This World: Jewelry from the Space Age

Wertz Gallery
June 27, 2015–January 4, 2016

Out of This World: Jewelry from the Space Age brings together scientific fact and pop culture in a showcase of wearable and decorative arts related to outer space, space travel, the space age, and the powerful influence these topics have had on human civilization.

Beginning with jewelry and artifacts memorializing the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1835, Out of this World! travels forward through time to explore nearly 200 objects from landmark moments in space-related history. Pieces in the exhibition include ephemera, jewelry, and objets d’art inspired by events that captured our imagination, such as the 1865 publication of Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, the 1957 Sputnik launch that kicked off the space race of the Cold War, and milestone NASA missions.

Out of this World! was conceived and organized for The Forbes Galleries, New York City, by Elyse Zorn Karlin, private curator and publisher/editor-in-chief of Adornment, The Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts.