NYCJW 2019: AJF in Conversation

November 19, 2019 @ 10:00AM — 11:30AM

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AJF in Conversation: Deaccessioning or When You Can’t Wear It All, All The Time

Tuesday, November 19, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

The Jewelry Library, 1239 Broadway, Suite 800, New York, New York, 10001

Deaccessioning describes the official removal of holdings from an institution’s collection via various methods, but our panel is going to use it to describe the ways you, as a collector, can plan the future of the pieces in your collection. What are your options? What are the questions to ask about your jewelry, and where do you start?

What will happen to your jewelry when you pass away? Who do you want it to go to? Is it a museum-worthy collection—how do you know if it is?—and, if so, how do you find someone at an institution to work with? What do you look for in a museum to make sure it's the right one for you and your jewelry?

What if your collection has changed—you've been collecting jewelry throughout the years, and you no longer see some of your pieces fitting in with the others, or maybe you need to make room for new work you just purchased. What do you need to know before passing your jewelry on to another collector, gifting it to an institution, or selling it through an auction house?

Have you inherited jewelry from a relative who loved their collection, but you don't feel the same way about it? How do you respectfully pass it on?

Moderator: Lindsay Pollock, is the Chief Communication and Content Officer at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Previously she was Editor-in-Chief of Art in America magazine from 2011 to 2017. Pollock wrote on arts and cultural for Bloomberg news from 2005 to 2011. She was also a contributor on art related topics to various publications including The Art Newspaper. Her biography of pioneering art dealer Edith Halpert, The Girl with the Gallery currently the subject of an exhibition at The Jewish Museum through Feb. 9, was published in 2006. She has a M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism and a B.A. in Art History and English Literature from Barnard College.


  • Barbara Gifford, assistant curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, oversees MAD’s esteemed jewelry collection and is curating the upcoming exhibition 45 Stories in Jewelry, which opens in February 2020. She will focus on what museums look for and what you should know when looking for a museum to work with.
  • Mark McDonald, a gallerist specializing in 20th century art and design, has provided appraisal services for leading museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, for three decades, and has worked for years with collectors to create museum-worthy holdings of mid-century decorative arts and jewelry.
  • Sienna Patti, of Sienna Patti gallery, is a leading expert in studio jewelry. She has presented artists and designers in major museums and exhibitions around the world. As an appraiser and dealer, she continues to place artists in public and private collections.

Tuesday, November 19, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy coffee and pastries, and the talk will begin at 10:30 a.m., at The Jewelry Library, 1239 Broadway, Suite 800, New York, New York, 10001

Entry is $10. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Coffee and pastries are included.

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