"Inspire an openness for exploration, discovery, and making." This is one of the goals officials from the New York Hall of Science and UrbanGlass are looking for from a long-term commission to be installed and exhibited in the Corona, Queens, science museum's dramatic two-story entrance rotunda. Hoping to have a visually striking piece of glass art on view prior to the New York Hall of Science's scheduled summer 2021 re-opening, there is a short deadline for proposals. Entries must be received before midnight, February 8, 2021. The successful proposal will unlock a budget of $45,000, and, to qualify, the selected artist must live in the Northeastern U.S.
Reviving its "Virtual After Dark" programming series, the Louisville, Kentucky-based Speed Museum will feature a discussion this Friday, January 15, of its upcoming exhibition "Collecting – A Love Story: Glass from the Adele and Leonard Leight Collection" by its co-curators. The exhibition, which opens February 5 and will run through June 20, 2021, was organized by Speed curator of decorative arts and design Scott Erbes and artist and educator Norwood Viviano, who developed the exhibition's concept and made the selection of more than 60 works from the promised art collection from the noted Louisville arts patrons.
Museum of Arts and Design curator of collections Samantha De Tillio -- who organized the mid-career retrospective exhibition of the work of Beth Lipman entitled "Collective Elegy" on view at MAD through April 4, 2021 -- will discuss the artist's inspirations and technical challenges in a Zoom lecture on the evening of Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 6:30 PM. The event is being presented as the first of the year by the New York City-based Art Glass Forum. De Tillio (who is a contributing editor at Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, will discuss the rich symbolism in Lipman's works that explore excess consumption, environmental overexploitation, and human mortality.
As it embarks on its 20th year, the Newark, New Jersey-based nonprofit GlassRoots has announced a search for a new executive director to take over as its longtime leader Barbara Heisler steps back. Dedicated to using the unique power of glass art to reach young people, and help them develop the skills and confidence to succeed in life, the organization is poised for a year of major changes. It is preparing to move into a brand-new facility later this year, growing its footprint from a 5,700-square-foot facility to a 25,000-square-foot location in a newly created center called the Newark Arts Commons, and broadening its offerings to include a coffee shop and a worker space to support emerging craft artists in multiple media.
Each year since the turn of the millennium, the Waterford Crystal brand has been involved in the famous ball drop in Times Square. It unveiled a totally updated all-crystal design in 2009, and has been renewing its 12-foot "New Year's Eve Times Square" ball, made up of more than 2,500 individual crystals and weighing almost six tons, around a new theme every year. When the team chose for 2020, the pandemic hadn't hit yet, but the "happiness" theme they arrived at could not be a more perfect reminder as the calendar turns to 2021. With vaccines and promising treatments, there is reason to hope for an improvement and, eventually, a resolution to the Covid-19 virus that has killed more Americans this year than soldiers who died in battle in all of World War II. When the ball descends 70-feet this midnight, it will be to an empty Times Square save for a few celebrity performers. But the event, like so much in 2020, will be experienced virtually through live broadcast on television and via this link, to an estimated 1-billion-person live audience.
Billed by Traver Gallery as a "surprise exhibition" and presented within a high-end interior residential setting set up within the gallery space, the unique experimental work of Matthew Szösz is on view at the leading Seattle glass gallery through January 9, 2021. The Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet caught up with the Seattle-based artist to discuss the show's German title "Luftschlösser", how his experimental forced-air glassblowing process has evolved, and his newfound embrace of color.
For a limited time only, when you give the gift of a year's subscription to Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, there's no waiting for the first issue to arrive. Before Christmas, your gift recipient will receive a special bonus gift ($44 value) of all four issues from 2020, gift-wrapped and sporting a hand-written holiday card with your name on it.
The Winter 2020 edition of Glass: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly (#161) is hitting newsstands and subscriber mailboxes. On the cover is a work as voluptuous as it is complex by the late Michael Glancy (2050 - 2020), who passed away in August due to complications of lung cancer. The 2014 work is titled Shimmer, and features a repeating plus-sign pattern that forms a type of metal armor which is not uniformly protective but is broached several places by clear sections where the pattern on the opposing blown-vessel wall is visible from beneath. The work hints at complexities that lie beneath surfaces, revealing an inner dimension that can never be fully understood given the restricted vantage points. Viewed from our current perspective of political and pandemic turmoil, the plus signs might be seen as voting marks or positive Covid-19 test results, neither on Glancy's mind when he created it, but which speaks to the timelessness of his sculptural expressions.
In 1877, inventor Edward Muybridge used tripwires to photograph a horse in motion, proving something impossible for the human eye to see in real-time. While his photograph that froze a trotting horse with all four hooves off the ground settled a bet, it became one of the best-known motion studies of the Victorian era, a field called chronophotography. The title of Rebecca Solnit's biography of Muybridge, River of Shadows, was adopted by artist and educator Kim Harty for her group photography exhibition that brings together the camera lens and glass artists who use photography to reveal insights into glass process, and could be considered a contemporary type of chronophotography.
The Glass Virus is a European initiative to foster dialogue among educators exchanging ideas about the best approaches to teaching glass art. The semi-annual in-person "Think Tank" gatherings had been centered at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where artist and Glass Virus founder Jens Pfeifer heads the glass program. But the group has changed formats in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and is planning a monthly series of Zoom meetings to discuss a range of current issues and challenges to the field. The first event will take place online on Wednesday, October 28th.
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