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PREVIEW: Interpretations of the menorah in glass in upcoming Philadelphia exhibition

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Eunsuh Choi, Consciousness. Borosilicate glass. H 11, W 13, D 4 1/2 in.

The Gershman Y’s Borowsky Gallery in Philadelphia will be showing an exhibition of menorahs fashioned in glass of varying styles. Opening mid-October, “A Touch of Glass” will run through early December.
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EVENT: Paul Marioni to discuss his 1972 award-winning film that predates his involvement with glass

Paul Marioni

Filmmaker turned glass artist Paul Marioni

On October 2nd at Seattle’s Project Room, American glass artist Paul Marioni will appear for a discussion of his 1972 film Hole , which will be screened later that evening at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum as part of its ongoing “How is Seattle Remembered?” series. Interviewed on the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Marioni described the film:

“It’s a pseudo-documentary about a man obsessed with holes. It’s 20 minutes long, and I shot it in 16-millimeter, and anybody that knows me would know it’s a pseudo-documentary. But it appears to be a documentary about a man obsessed with holes. And it’s, I hope, funny and I hope intelligent and obviously well enough to have won several prizes, and got branded and shown a lot. By the time that happened, I was totally sucked into making – working with glass.” Continue reading

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Regional art museum changes name to indicate new focus on glass art

The new Bergstrom-Mahler logo

The new Bergstrom-Mahler logo

In a return to its roots as an institution with a focus on glass, The Bergstom-Mahler Museum in Neenah, Wisconsin, has changed its name to the “Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass.” Effective this past Sunday, September 15, 2013, the name change can be seen as a return to the institution’s roots. The museum was founded in 1959 to house the donated paperweight collection of one of its founders, Evangeline Bergstrom, as well as the historic Germanic glass collection of its other founders, Ernst and Carol Mahler. “The name change is an outward sign of how the museum has evolved since its beginning more than 50 years ago,” the museum’s executive director Jan Mirenda Smith told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet in a telephone interview. The museum’s rich history and 3,500-object glass collection has played an increasingly important role in the museum’s vision. In the past, the museum shifted to a focus on local contemporary art of a variety of mediums, but by 2011, when the museum’s board of directors indicated that a return to glass-oriented exhibitions would be more aligned with the museum’s resources and programming. Continue reading

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Influential critic who expanded the definition of craft appointed director of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design

Incoming Museum of Arts and Design Director Glenn Adamson

Incoming Museum of Arts and Design Director Glenn Adamson

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) has announced that Glenn Adamson, the head of research at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), will take over the New York institution in October, succeeding the outgoing Holly Hotchner. Adamson has achieved an international profile for his books and lectures, in which he has turned the knee-jerk marginalization of craft by many art critics on its head by exploring what he sees as a false dichotomy. Expanding on his analysis in Thinking Through Craft (2007, Bloomsbury), Adamson’s most recent book, The Invention of Craft (2013, Bloomsbury), traces the artificial separation of craft to the Arts and Crafts Movement’s founding in the Industrial Revolution, when the desire to preserve hand skills was seen as anti-progress, and eventually, defined as an obstacle to Modernism. Continue reading

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OPENING: Tagliapietra debuts new work in bold color palette inspired by Australia visit

oca, 2013. Blown and carved glass. H 36 3/4, W 9 3/4, D 6 3/4 in. courtesy: traver gallery

Oca, 2013. Blown and carved glass. H 36 3/4, W 9 3/4, D 6 3/4 in. courtesy: traver gallery

Glass maestro Lino Tagliapietra will be unveiling a new body of work this week at the Traver Gallery. Entitled “Profumo del Vetro” (“The Aroma of Glass” in English), the exhibit will feature over twenty never-before-seen pieces by the celebrated artist, and include works with bright new colors inspired by a trip to Australia.  In a press release, the artist writes about visiting Down Under: “I must say that my experience there has come through strongly here. They embody my personality.” The nature of this experience certainly comes through in each piece’s color story as well as the artist’s use of flamboyant embellishments and patterns. The shapes of many pieces are reminiscent of the unique flora and fauna that are often romantically associated with the subcontinent of Australia. Continue reading

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Katherine Gray reprises tree installation for UrbanGlass exhibition

Forest Glass, 2009. Glass and Mixed Media. 63 x 30 x120 in.

Katherine Gray, Forest Glass, 2009. Glass and mixed media. H 120 (tallest), W 63, D 30 in. Installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art in 2009.

To celebrate the October 2013 reopening of its facility in Brooklyn, UrbanGlass invited sculptor Katherine Gray to commemorate the event with an installation artwork. (Disclosure: The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet is published by UrbanGlass.)  In a nod to her 2009 installation Forest Glass that debuted at Los Angeles’ Acuna-Hansen Gallery to positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times, Gray is modifying the original concept for her latest project. The new work, A Tree Grows (referencing the Betty Smith classic novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) seeks to capture the spirit of UrbanGlass, an organization that has served the glass art community for over 40 years.

For this project, Gray is inviting public participation, soliciting donated glasses out of which the piece will be constructed. “Overcoming dire circumstances and obstacles in life to become something greater: that’s what UrbanGlass is doing,” Gray told the GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet in a telephone interview. To her, the resilience of a tree was the most accurate representation of the significance of the organization’s move. Continue reading

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Final weekend for botanical glass exhibit in Edinburgh

Keiko Mukaide, Glass Plants, 2013. PHOTO: SHANNON TOFTS

Keiko Mukaide, Glass Plants, 2013. photo: shannon tofts

Pop Up! Edinburgh, a UK-based nonprofit arts group, is currently displaying its first exhibit, entitled “Grow!” which runs through Sunday, August 25th. Though the organization originally started as master’s coursework for graduate students at the the Edinburgh College of Art, it has quickly developed into a creative organization and curated its first of hopefully many public exhibitions. An experienced team including Alison McConache, former head of the Edinburgh College of Art’s glass department, and Elinor Gallant, the exhibitions manager of the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) curated the series, which features glass works from 15 international artists. The project owes an unacknowledged debt to Dale Chihuly who pioneered the synergy between botanical gardens and glass beginning with his 2002 exhibition entitled A Garden of Glass in Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. Since then, Chihuly’s glass works have inhabited botanical gardens from New York to Missouri, and is on permanent display at Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened in 2012 in Seattle. “Chihuly in the Garden,” the latest installment in his garden series, will debut in November at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix and will run through May of 2014.

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