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Current Exhibitions

Judith Leiber x Micaela Erlanger

Sunday, November 14, 2021 - Sunday, July 17, 2022

Designer Judith Leiber created exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories that blur the boundaries between function and art. Most known for her semi-precious adorned minaudières, or compact occasion cases, her creations also include day bags, belts and pillboxes.

Considered one of the largest repositories of Judith Leiber bags in the United States, the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection comprises more than 130 pieces gifted by regional donors Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman, for whom the gallery is named. This gallery in the museum is dedicated to the permanent display of this collection and is frequently rotated to showcase the limitless range of Leiber’s artistic legacy.

For this installation, Micaela Erlanger mined the collection to highlight her favorites by Leiber - a designer she greatly admires. 

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Image Previous Page: Snake Box Handbag, 1986, Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, gold-plated metal, Gift of Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman, 2008.013

Above Image: Geometric Box Handbag with Prawn Clasp (detail), 1990, Swarovski crystals, pearl, garnet, gold-plated metal, Gift of Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman, 2008.055

Images (left to right): 

Snake Box Handbag, 1986, Swarovski crystals, semiprecious stones, gold-plated metal, Gift of Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman, 2008.013

Starshape Handbag, 1996, Swarovski crystals, gold-plated metal, Gift of Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman, 2008.02

Beckoning Cat Pillbox, undated, Swarovski crystals, garnet, gold-plated metal, Gift of Rosalie K. and Sydney Shaftman, 2005.005