New York Silver, Then and Now – June 2017




Museum of the City of New York – New York Silver, Then and Now

Contemporary silversmith Kaminer Haislip was invited to collaborate with Constantin Boym, a well renowned New York industrial designer and architect, on a custom silver object for the Museum of the City of New York. Their collaborative silver Pillinger, designed by Constantin and handcrafted by Kaminer, is on display for the exhibition New York Silver, Then and Now from June 28 – November 26, 2017.  The exhibition links the rich history of silversmithing in New York City to present-day artistic practice. It features newly commissioned works by leading metalworkers, created in response to historical objects from the Museum’s extensive silver collection. Jeannine Falino was the Guest Curator for the exhibition.

Pillinger was inspired by a historic porringer, but is a contemporary and thoughtful twist on the traditional form. Conceptually the piece makes commentary on how dependent our society has become on pills and medications. It’s smaller than a traditional porringer size makes it a scoop for pills, so one can shovel them in quantity.

See below for pictures of the Pillinger installed in the exhibition as well as some other exhibition highlights from Kaminer’s visit to the opening reception and show.





To visit the Museum of the City of New York or to learn more about the exhibition New York Silver, Then and Now visit

For more information on Constantin Boym and to view his award winning designs that are in numerous permanent museum collections visit