Above, left to right: Helen Britton, Ghost Tra, 2009, silver, glass and paint; Elisabeth Jesus Gu. Defner (1931-2017), Ring, 2012-2014, gold, Australian opal and Mexican fire opal; Peter Chang (1944-2018), Ring, 2009, acrylic, resin, "found object," aluminum and silver. 

Philadelphia, PA — The beauty and symbolization of a small circular band on the finger is at the center of the latest exhibition at The Galleries at Moore, 1916 Race Street, located on The Parkway. On view June 5 through July 17, 2021, RINGS! offers a glimpse into the boundless creative freedom revealed within the ring form. Drop in visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, between the hours of 11am-5pm, and are still required to wear masks.

This international selection brings together over one hundred rings that demonstrate the artists’ wide-ranging expressions through a variety of aesthetic and conceptual ideas. From the traditional techniques of metalsmithing to avant-garde materials and approaches, the rings on view will offer a new examination of the cultural, political and personal meanings of the ring itself. Countries represented in the exhibition: Australia, Austria, England, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.  

Artists with work on view in RINGS! include Elisabeth Jesus Gu. Defner, Helen Britton, Petra Zimmerman, Karel Votipka and Peter Chang. The exhibition is organized by Helen Drutt and researched by Elizabeth Essner with assistance from Colleen Terrell.