It is particularly fitting that The Mint Museum is organizing an exhibition around the theme of
and its most imaginative expressions in current tattoo, nail art, studio jewelry, and
fashion design. The Mint is at the forefront of institutions that challenge current definitions of
art, craft, and design, and is a thought leader in the discourse about the interdisciplinary nature of
much contemporary practice. Moreover, this project strikes through to the core of the museum’s
artistic vision to collect and exhibit the most innovative international work.
is focused on twenty-first-century works that modify, expand, and
otherwise transform the natural corpus. Groundbreaking scholarship has led to this exhibition and
is the first museum show for many of the artists. Even for those
more widely known, this is the first exhibition in which work of avant-garde tattoo artists, nail
artists, studio jewelers, and fashion designers with a fascination for creating objects that modify
the body in extreme ways has been presented together.
This exhibition catalogue is the Mint’s first foray into digital publications. It demonstrates the
museum’s interest in twenty-first-century graphic design and underscores the museum’s
commitment to increased accessibility.
I thank Annie Carlano, the Mint’s exceptional Senior Curator, Craft, Design, & Fashion, and her
talented team, Rebecca E. Elliot, Assistant Curator, and Sarah M. Wolfe, Curatorial Assistant,
for the originality of
, and for their cutting-edge scholarship.
The Mint Museum of Craft + Design Board of Directors’ “Adopt-a-Design” programwas an inventive
and successful fundraising model. I deeply appreciate their ongoing creativity and generosity. The
Founders’ Circle Ltd. and U.S. Bancorp have provided additional funds for
with several other valued community partners. I am grateful for our community’s support of the Mint
and this exhibition.
Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO