The great American master, as well as one of the greatest living masters, Dale Chihuly, in one of his now rare and precious public appearances, will talk about his long career in the year of his 80th birthday. Wednesday 8 September, 6 pm
Moderator:William Warmus, Independent curator, Art writer, Art critic and former curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass
Dale Chihuly, Artist
Leslie Jackson Chihuly, President & CEO Chihuly Studio
Tina Oldknow, Independent curator, art historian and former curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass
Benjamin Wright, Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School
Roberto Beltrami, Founder, Wave Murano Glass
Dale Chihuly is an American artist noted for elevating perceptions of the glass medium. Known for ambitious architectural installations in cities, museums, and gardens around the world, Chihuly utilizes a variety of media to realize his creative vision, including glass, paint, charcoal, neon, ice, and Polyvitro. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013), Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2017), Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands (2018), Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, U.K (2019), and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore (2020). Chihuly Garden and Glass, a long-term exhibition located at the Seattle Center, opened in 2012.
Leslie Jackson Chihuly is an American arts executive and philanthropist with a focus on democratizing access to the arts and to ensuring ongoing viability for artists and arts organizations. She is the president and CEO of Chihuly Studio—the working studio of American artist Dale Chihuly—and co-founder of the Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, which aims to educate the public regarding all forms of art, and to provide support to artists and arts organizations. Leslie is an active member of the International Women’s Forum and serves on the boards of Vassar College, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Seattle Symphony. She is the Chair of the Benaroya Hall Music Center, and in 2018, she was elected chair emerita of the Seattle Symphony after serving nine years as board chair.
Tina Oldknow is an independent curator and art historian specializing in contemporary art, craft, and design in glass, and former curator of modern and contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York. In 2020 she curated the exhibition, “Venice and American Studio Glass” at LE STANZE DEL VETRO - Fondazione Giorgio Cini with William Warmus.
Ben Wright has a creative practice which draws from his studies in evolutionary biology, traditional crafts, and conceptual art as well as from a career rich in collaborative synergy. While at Dartmouth College, Ben tracked song birds from the forests of upstate New Hampshire to tropical Jamaica for the renowned ornithologist Richard Homes. His art making often mirrors that chaotic scientific process and endeavors to better understand human nature through our clumsy interactions with our ever-evolving environment. He expresses himself through a wide range of objects, media and experiences that coalesce into hyper sensory installations. Ben has taught and exhibited the fruits of this approach at numerous enues in the US and abroad in Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Belgium, Poland and Australia. He is currently the Artistic Director of Pilchuck Glass School.
Roberto Beltrami is a 30 year-old Italian glass master. He went to college at Boston University in the US, studied theoretical physics and after college, the mysterious circumstances of life brought me to fall in love with glass. In the past years he worked for some of the major Glass Master of Murano, including Lino Tagliapietra, Pino Signoretto, Oscar Zanetti and Paolo Crepax. In July 2018 he taught at Pilchuck Glass school. In January 2017, he opened my own glass factory, Wave Murano Glass, in Murano, an innovative and high-tech glass workshop made up by a young and dynamic team. Thanks to the open-mindedness of his young team is are not bound to a single specialization, but handles every technique of artistic glass: from bespoke artisanal productions, to one-of-a-kind pieces, from lighting, to modern sculptures, from interior design complements, to everyday use glass furniture.
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