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Exquisite Aesthetics: An Interview with Barbara Levy Kipper

The exhibition ‘Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection’, on view at the Art Institute of Chicago from 19 June to 21 August this year, showcased the extensive collection of jewellery as well as ritual objects from the Himalayas and other Asian regions to be gifted to the museum by Barbara Levy Kipper. Together with her late husband David, Barbara travelled widely in these areas and found herself increasingly attracted to the jewellery of the peoples she encountered. As she developed the collection, she used her skill as a professional photographer to document these diverse and disappearing cultures, taking pictures of people wearing or using objects similar to those she had collected. Orientations talked to Barbara about how she came to develop the collection.

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