Tributes to Chihuly and LeMay Museum at MOG

17 May

Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly, May 19-Oct. 21, 2012

Classic Heat, May 23-Jan. 2013

“Persian Sea Forms” by Dale Chihuly. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

In celebration of next week’s opening of Chihuly Garden & Glass in Seattle, the Museum of Glass presents “Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly” which showcases rarely-exhibited works made by Dale Chihuly.  The exhibition features 30 transitional pieces—including Cylinders, Sea Forms and Macchias from the 1960s through the 1980s—from prominent local collections and the museum’s permanent collection. Collectively, the works chronicle Chihuly’s influence as an artist, a visionary and a pioneer of the American Studio Glass movement.

The central piece of the exhibition in an historic 33-piece installation titled Persian Sea Forms (pictured) that was gifted to MOG in 2011.  The work was created in 1988 by a small team of artists—including lead gaffers Martin Blank and Richard Royal—and assembled by Chihuly as a design experiment.

Origins will remain on view through October 21, 2012.  Stop by and see the early works from a glass legend!

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One-of-a-kind hood ornament. Photo courtesy of Museum of Glass.

The second exhibition opening in May is “Classic Heat”, a collection of large-scale glass hood ornaments created in collaboration with LeMay – America’s Car Museum.  The Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team and artist John Miller created the sculptures that were inspired by classic designs from various American automakers, including the 1952 Buick 8 Special, 1957 Chevy 210 and the 1929 Ford Model A.  While the sculptures reference the original emblems, the finished pieces include elements from various makes and models.  The collection consists of eight sculptures, half of which will be displayed at each museum.

“America’s Car Museum hopes to partner with the other cultural organization in our community on an ongoing basis. This initial project is an opportunity for us and the Museum of Glass to work on a project that embodies what each celebrates,” said Scot Keller, ACM chief marketing and communications officer. “The Museum of Glass provided the artistry while ACM provided the inspiration.”

The hood ornament display will open at Museum of Glass on May 23 and at America’s Car Museum on June 2.  Both displays will remain on view for the remainder of the year.

MOG hours: Open Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Third Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm, Sun. 12 pm to 5 pm. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): also open Mon. and Tues. from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for members, $12 general, $10 seniors, military and students (13+ with ID), $10 groups of 10 or more, $5 children 6-12 years old. Kids under 6, free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month from 5 pm to 8 pm. http://www.museumofglass.org

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