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This exhibition on Aluminum tells the story of aluminum through an extraordinary array of objects, ranging from rare and precious jewelry produced in the 19th century to the popular folding lawn chair and now even cabinets. The seven-part tour begins with aluminum’s introduction to the public at the 1855 Paris Exposition, where the metal was heralded as “silver from clay” and regarded as a scientific marvel, and ends with “Crossing Boundaries,” a survey of aluminum’s multifaceted role in the design world today, from furniture to high fashion and domestic robots.

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Although transportation, packaging and construction represent the three main markets for aluminum today, the metal is used in everything from mass-produced items to exclusive one-of-a-kind objects. Its qualities make it ideally suited for the colorful surfaces of plates , as well as the internal structure of objects.

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