A Celebration of Glass (Part 2)
Several arts organizations around Louisville collaborated to create the 2003 exhibition A Celebration of Glass, a wide-ranging look at contemporary glass art from around the world showcased simultaneously at several different venues: the Speed Art Museum, the Louisville Visual Art Association, the Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design, and Glassworks.
Mixed Media continues its look inside the exhibitions, this time focusing on the Louisville Visual Art Association and Glassworks.
The Louisville Visual Art Association show, A New Millennium, A New Light: An International Survey of Architectural Glass Art, is the most complete international architectural glass exhibition in 25 years. Curated by Kenneth von Roenn, a world-renowned art glass designer, it features models and photographs of large-scale architectural installations as well as concept pieces and original stained-glass works by some of the most prominent architectural glass artists around the globe.
At Glassworks, the spotlight is on one particular artist with two exhibitions of works by Dale Chihuly. The first, Baskets, features abstract sculptures in vivid color, grouped together as single works. Chihuly was inspired by woven Indian baskets, exhibited at the Washington State Historical Museum, that were stacked together and slumped under their own weight. The artist has said that none of his subsequent work would have been possible without the aesthetic innovations he perfected while creating the baskets.
The second Chihuly exhibition at Glassworks features new works from the artists signature series.