The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf

The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf

February 21, 2009 – May 17, 2009

Mint Museum of Craft + Design


Deliverance from a Gilded Cage, 1994

Pins: Sterling silver, brass, 14ky gold, Micarta, 3” x 1 ¼”

Stage: Painted wood, 8 ½” x 7 ¾” x 1 ¼”

Collection of Nan Schaffer



The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf is the the first exhibition and first major monograph with a retrospective view of the artist’s work. Featuring approximately sixty pieces dating from the 1970s to the present, the exhibition conceptualizes Metcalf’s work in relationship to his interest in architecture, the comics, and the narrative. It examines the social, moral, and political issues that Metcalf has raised in published essays about the handmade and that are acted out by his rueful bigheaded and vulnerable protagonists on miniature stages. In their dual life as wearable brooches, they venture into the world, where they engage the unsuspecting viewer with their stories and distinctive visual language.


Organized by Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California.


This exhibition has been made possible through the support of the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation; Rotasa Foundation, Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Arts Council Silicon Valley; and private contributions. Sponsored by The Founders' Circle Ltd., the national support affiliate of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. A full color catalog accompanies the exhibition.



The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf page on the Mint Museum website








About the Artist 




Essays and Multimedia 








Selected Resources In The Mint Museum Library 




Created by Joe Eshleman, Library Assistant for The Mint Museum