Surprising! Erotic! Shocking!
AJF Live with Keith Lewis
Wednesday, November 29, 12 p.m. EST
Keith Lewis was born in the wilds of Pennsylvania. He now lives in the wilds of Eastern Washington, where he teaches at Central Washington University. His jewelry deals with sexual identity, memory, loss, and jewelry as polemic. Sometimes shocking, frequently erotic, and surprisingly moving, Lewis’s jewelry is an act of remembering and witnessing. It joyously asserts that desire and pleasure, wonderful ends in themselves, can collapse historical distance and connect the past and the present.
His favorite tool is a Craftsman brand machinist’s reamer that belonged to his father. As an object it is completely beautiful: tapered, fluted, sharp and poised. It is also singularly specific in its usefulness. It makes holes bigger and is good for nothing else.
You'll get to meet one of the most influential jewelers in queer and identity politics in the US as we celebrate the publication of the new book, Dead Souls: Desire and Memory in the Jewelry of Keith Lewis, by Damian Skinner. During the event, we’ll raffle two books, hot off the press! You must be present to win.
Access this online event in one of three ways:
- Purchase your ticket on this page, above.
- Become a new member or renew at $50 or above and receive all the benefits of membership, PLUS a complimentary ticket to the event. Join or renew here
- Become a new member or renew at $150 or above and receive all the benefits of membership, PLUS an AJF Collectors Pin, PLUS a complimentary ticket to the event. Join or renew here
After you join, renew or purchase your ticket, you'll receive a registration link for the talk.
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You can also buy Keith's new book from AJF for a special price, while supplies last. 100% of your purchase goes to AJF. Purchase here.
Captions: (Top) Keith Lewis, Charm, photo courtesy of the artist, (bottom) the cover of Dead Souls: Desire and Memory in the Jewelry of Keith Lewis, image courtesy of Arnoldsce Art Publishers