Muskegon Art Museum to display work of Detroit artist

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The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) will host a temporary exhibit from Nov. 11-Feb. 20.

Jewelry Box is a 1980’s hip-hop fashion-inspired exhibition created by multimedia artist and metalsmith Tiff Massey. An opening reception will be held from 5-6 p.m., with an artist talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the museum located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in Muskegon.

The exhibit, located in MMA’s Olthoff Gallery, will feature the transformation of large-scale jewelry pieces, gold and mirrors into a flashy display of dynamic exploration, self-identity and fashion. Through the concept of adornment, Massey examines the African diaspora and issues of race, class and pop culture through her work.

Massey, whose studio is in Detroit, was the first Black woman to earn an Master of Fine Arts in metal smithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been displayed locally and internationally and has earned her multiple awards, including two John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge awards and being a 2015 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship recipient.

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