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Exhibits at Museum of Glass

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

October 3, 2018 - September 2, 2019

Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

The glass art of Preston Singletary (American, born 1963) is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight. Primarily known for his celebration of Tlingit art and design, Singletary will explore new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally used to show wealth and tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of individual families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere in which the pieces follow and enhance the exhibition narrative.

Artwork in the exhibition will be supported by the research of Walter Porter, a Tlingit mythologist and historian. Porter’s research provides a unique perspective about Tlingit cultural stories. He was well-known for his comparative work regarding other culture’s mythologies to the Raven story, and his research will be used to draw connections to universal themes and perspectives.

Visitors will be immersed in Tlingit culture through a dynamic, multi-sensory environment. Art objects and exhibition text will be supported by audio and video elements. This will include recordings by storytellers, music, recordings of Pacific Northwest coastal sounds, and a backdrop of shadows and projected images. The exhibition is active, surprising, and dramatic, and engages the viewer through sight and sound.

Oral histories and narratives are an essential part of the survival of Tlingit culture. Recordings of Tlingit storytellers will introduce visitors to the art form of Tlingit oral tradition. These oral performances tell the story of Raven and the light and include original music and sound effects to further enhance the visitor experience.

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight takes visitors on an experiential journey with Raven, and the transformation of darkness into light.

Spotlight on Dale Chihuly

Permanent Exhibition

Artist Dale Chihuly visited Italy’s V.S.M Venini and Co. on a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant in 1968 where he was entranced by the fluid movements of the glassblowing teams of Murano and their dramatic skills with the medium of glass. The visit inspired 50 years of experimentation and innovation which made Chihuly synonymous with glass art.

In honor of Chihuly’s impact on the Studio Glass movement and his continuing connection to Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest, Spotlight on Dale Chihuly: Works from Museum of Glass Permanent Collection celebrates his artistic innovation. Museum of Glass visitors are introduced to his work through the showcasing of nine intimate examples from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. This includes the Gibson Chandelier, acquired from a private donor in 2013. The exhibition provides an artistic primer for visitors to learn about Chihuly’s various series and is accompanied by photos of the artist in MOG’s Hot Shop, and by a video presentation of his ambitious Chihuly Over Venice project, which resulted in “end-of-day” chandeliers like the Gibson Chandelier. Spotlight on Dale Chihuly also features a “Chihuly in Tacoma” walking tour to connect visitors to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Union Station Courthouse.

Translations: An Exploration of Glass by Northwest Native Carvers and Weavers

March 30 - November 10, 2019

In a unique partnership, The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, Evergreen State College, and Museum of Glass organized Translations: An Exploration of Glass by Northwest Native Carvers and Weavers, an exhibition that marks a historic moment: a collaboration by artists who are family members of Mary Ellen Hillaire (Lummi), Gerald (Bruce) Miller (Skokomish) and Hazel Pete (Chehalis)--three of the Pillars of the Evergreen Longhouse.

The group explored the many possibilities of glass in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop, inspired by carvings and weavings held in the archival collections of the Washington State Historical Society. Under the leadership of glass experts Dan and Raya Friday (Lummi), the families produced innovative new work that forms the core of this exhibition. Grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren from each family created work based on historical baskets, bentwood boxes, and sculptural figures. The engagement between these established artists and the historical archive opened a wealth of creative opportunities to translate expressions of their heritages into glass. Translations: An Exploration of Glass by Northwest Native Carvers and Weavers will also feature original carvings and weavings from the three families’ personal collections. Undoubtedly, much has been gained in this work of translation.

Out of the Vault: Hidden Gems from The Museum of Glass Permanent Collection

Permanent Exhibition

As acclaimed celebrity archaeologist Dr. Indiana Jones once exclaimed: “It belongs in a museum!” But why? And for what purpose?

Museum collections are held in public trust – each object is protected with high standards of care, and collections are shared through exhibitions and research. Museum of Glass has been collecting art since 2007, and is our collections are continually growing and changing to represent the vibrant and evolving Studio Glass movement.

The art held in our collections is donated to MOG by private collectors and artists, and represent local, national, and international artists, and a variety of innovative and historic glass techniques. Many pieces were made in the Museum’s Hot Shop during a Visiting Artist Residency - look for the ‘Made at MOG’ logo on the label. Our collections also include an extensive digital archive of photos and video, as well as a growing collection of correspondence, posters and ephemera.

Each piece of art we collect is a new puzzle piece from a continually-evolving artistic movement. As the Museum collects works of art, photographs, videos, footage captured in our Hot Shop, and archival materials, we continue to help tell the story of glass in the Pacific Northwest and its impact on artists around the world, and encourage visitors to reflect on the importance of creativity and the diverse possibilities of the medium of glass.

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