Ooh, Shiny!, American Folk Art Museum: NYC-ARTS | Exhibition

An attraction to shiny things is a primal human impulse. It may be instinctive and emotional, or profoundly meaningful within a cultural context. In the visual arts, this has been expressed through the use of myriad materials that glitter and reflect. "Ooh, Shiny!" highlights three centuries of artworks—ranging from needleworks by 18th-century schoolgirls to sculptures by contemporary icons including Howard Finster—that are embellished with such materials as spangles, mica flakes, glass, marble dust, sequins, glitter and aluminum.