Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest

June 3 – August 14, 2017

Chihuly: In the Forest

August 16 – November 13, 2017

Dale Chihuly, an American sculptor, has mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon, to create works of art that transform the everyday experience.  He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions presented in museums and gardens. Crystal Bridges is pleased to present extensive indoor and outdoor installations, featuring new works by the artist, as well as iconic works spanning the breadth of his career. 

Chihuly: In the Gallery  will be on view in the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery from June 3 – August 14, 2017. Chihuly: In the Forest  will be on view in the museum’s north forest from June 3 – November 13, 2017. A special members-only preview will take place May 27 – June 2, 2017. Ticket price: $20 In the Forest and In the Gallery; $10 In the Forest once the gallery portion closes. [Free for Members.]

Presented in the museum’s temporary exhibition space, visitors will journey through key moments of Chihuly’s impressive body of work. Immersive areas include the Northwest Room, displaying Chihuly’s slumped glass baskets together with examples from Chihuly’s own collection of Northwest Coast Native American baskets, which inspired them. The Persian Room will bathe guests in brilliant colors of Chihuly glass from above. In the newly enhanced north forest, multiple dramatic Chihuly installations will be on-view along the gently curving paths, accessible to all.

Born in 1941 in Washington State, Chihuly established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design and co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees and has works of art included in more than 250 museum collections.

The north forest enhancements are part of a multi-phased project which includes a new entrance on the northeast side of the museum, expected to open in the spring of 2017. The entrance will be accompanied by an elevator tower and a pedestrian bridge that will connect visitors to the Chihuly installation and provide better access to the north lawn and trail system from the museum.

This exhibition is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in cooperation with Dale Chihuly. The work displayed is protected by copyright. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, Stout Executive Search, and ConAgra Foods.

Dale Chihuly
Venetian Wall, 2008
de Young Museum, San Francisco