Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest

June 3 – August 14, 2017

Chihuly: In the Forest

August 16 – November 13, 2017

Tickets on sale to members on March 29. To the public on March 31.

This summer, Crystal Bridges will open dual exhibitions by the American sculptor Dale Chihuly. Presented for the first time in an Ozark woods and in the Museum’s special exhibition galleries, it’s a world of wonder, waiting to be explored, only at Crystal Bridges.

"I've never met a color I didn't like" — Dale Chihuly

Chihuly has been an innovator for more than 40 years, working in many media including glass, paint, plastics, neon, and ice, and always pushing their boundaries to carry out his distinctive vision. He changed the way we think about glass, stretching the medium to new realms of possibility.

Over the years his creations have become familiar around the world. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions presented in museums and gardens. At Crystal Bridges, extensive indoor and outdoor installations feature new works by the artist, as well as iconic works spanning the breadth of his career.

Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest will be on view in the museum’s temporary exhibition gallery and North Forest from June 3 through August 14, 2017. Once the gallery portion closes, Chihuly: In the Forest will remain on view in the Museum’s North Forest from August 16 through November 13, 2017.

A special members-only preview will take place May 27 through June 2, 2017. Ticket price: $20 In the Gallery and In the Forest; $10 In the Forest once the gallery portion closes. [Free for Members and youth ages 18 and younger.]

Born of Fire, Formed of Breath, Filled with Light.

 Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest highlights Chihuly’s signature works and recent creations in a museum-wide experience of light, color, and shape that showcases his innovative techniques and masterful forms.

Chihuly sees glass as an art form of fire, breath, light, and gravity, and the exhibition highlights the unique properties of glass as a medium. Chihuly’s art is inspired by the natural world, Indigenous influences, and international experiences, especially with Italian glass masters (and in places such as Japan, Finland, Ireland, and Mexico). His working process follows the long tradition of glassblowing and is based on teamwork.

The indoor exhibition, Chihuly: In the Gallery, features key moments of Chihuly’s body of work, from one of his first glass weavings to his most recent paintings. The exhibition also includes a collection of the artist’s Cylinders, slumped glass Baskets, Persians, and Venetians, accompanied by original Chihuly drawings related to each series.

Chihuly: In the Forest, presented outdoors on Crystal Bridges wooded North Forest Trail, includes more than a dozen forms, including Belugas, Red Reeds, Tumbleweeds, two outdoor Chandeliers, a Boat, and a Sun.

Although Chihuly’s work has been shown at institutions and botanical gardens across the country, the presentation at Crystal Bridges will allow for Chihuly’s work to be seen in the larger context of American art. For the first time, many of the outdoor forms will be shown in a natural forested environment rather than a botanical garden or other manmade landscape.

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, 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.

This exhibition is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in cooperation with Dale Chihuly. The work displayed is protected by copyright.

Photo credit: Dale Chihuly, Neodymium Reeds and Seal Pups (detail), 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle

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