The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf is the first major exhibition and catalogue focused solely on the artist�s truly engaging and spirited work. Born in 1949, Bruce Metcalf has long been revered as a leading art jeweler, curator and critic of contemporary craft and essayist. This exhibition examines social, moral and political issues, many of which Metcalf has also raised in his essays. Curated by Signe Mayfield, curator at the Palo Alto Art Center, this exhibition features 70 pieces dating from the 1970s to the present, on loan from the collections of the artist, museums and private lenders across the country. Cast in silver or carved in wood, Metcalf's vulnerable protagonists act out issues on the stage of miniature worlds. 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.