On view in the Ballantine House Galleries, second floor
Nobody needs silver. Nobody has ever needed objects made of silver. And yet, silver objects have been made and used and treasured here since Europeans first set foot in North America.
100 pieces of American silver from the 1600s to 2017 tell the story of silver in American life—its art, its meaning, its history, its beauty. Amazing objects with amazing stories to tell.
So why would a museum want to create a gallery devoted to the use and production of silver objects for the American home?
The answer is simple: because silver still matters, even if many Americans have forgotten why. This is why museums exist, after all: to remind us of things we’ve forgotten, or maybe didn’t even know in the first place. Silver is part of our history, and it is part of our artistic heritage as a nation.
Made possible in part by:
Ruth L. Hutter
Eleonore Kessler Cohen & Max Insel Cohen
Amy & Bob Katz
The Newark Museum Volunteer Organization