Friday, February 26, 2010
The Cartier in America Show has been reviewed with a million superlatives. What interested me most was the promise of images of the people wearing their jewels in their real life contexts. I was looking forward to some visual history including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and The Duchess of Windsor (of abdication fame).
The jewels were sparkly and well presented. We had rented the head sets with the guided tour, which annoyed me after a few paragraphs by jumping around from one voice to another. My friend studiously followed each numbered talking point and listened to every word. I kept looking around for the promised human aspect of the exhibit. In the last room, next to Grace Kelly's engagement ring and a golden, ruby, emerald, diamond crocodile necklace made for a Mexican movie star there were two flat screen TVs showing continuous loops of some brief film clips of bejewelled stars. I thought it was tacky and I could have done a lot better myself. I am of half a mind to contact the curator and speak of the fact that you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
I did come away very impressed to learn that Elizabeth Taylor auctioned off her 69 carat Burton/Cartier/Taylor diamond (original pear shaped cut by Harry Winston) to fund construction of a hospital in Botswana.