Come and experience a new exhibition of contemporary metalwork displayed alongside the intriguing collection of pre-industrial tools and artifacts that inspired it. Forging a Link: Metalsmiths Respond to the Mercer Collection will be on view at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA September 28, 2019 through January 5, 2020.
The Mercer Museum is an extraordinary six-story concrete castle built by Henry Mercer and filled with his collection of more than 50,000 tools and objects documenting everyday life before the industrial revolution. Cory Amsler (VP of Collections and Interpretation at the Mercer Museum) in collaboration with guest curator Cappy Counard (Professor of Metals and Jewelry at Edinboro University) invited twenty-three blacksmiths, metalsmiths, and jewelers to create a piece of artwork directly influenced by their experience with the Mercer Museum’s collection and architecture.
Participating artists are Sue Amendolara, Lynn Batchelder, Erica Bello, Melanie Bilenker, Cappy Counard, Maria Eife, Michael Gayk, Ian Henderson, Warren Holzman, Jera Lodge, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Dan Neville, Nash Quinn, Patrick J. Quinn, Stephen Reynolds, Mike Rossi, Courtney Starrett, Katja Toporski, Pamela J. Wallace, Stacey Lee Webber and Adam Whitney. Their diverse work seeks to disrupt, question, and inject a moment of unexpected wonder into the Mercer experience while asking viewers to contemplate a broader way of thinking through the objects that connect us.
The Mercer Museum will host a broad range of community programs inspired by the new exhibit including artist lectures, curator talks and more. Admission to the exhibit is included with general museum admission. The Mercer Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For pricing, a full schedule of events and additional information, please visit mercermuseum.org.