The history of glass is an international story of industrial, scientific, and artistic contributions forging a magnificent diversity of achievements both functional and sculptural. Based in the technical innovations of the industrial revolution, glass developed as an art form after World War II within the fine arts programs of American colleges and universities. Artists had designed limited-production, craft glass objects via manufacturers like Tiffany, Johns-Manville, and Corning, which had the facilities to produce the works. Artist Harvey Littleton broke through that constraint when he helped design equipment and processes that individual artists could use.
The origin of the contemporary American Studio Glass movement can be pinpointed to a workshop in 1962 by Harvey Littleton and chemist Dominick Labino at the Toledo Museum of Art. After Littleton introduced his students at the University of Wisconsin to glass as an alternative sculptural medium, visual arts departments across the country began offering instruction in glass. The Rhode Island School of Design provided classes in 1969 taught by Dale Chihuly, and by the mid-1970s, glass was an established presence in many studio art programs.
Global Glass: A Survey of Form and Function is a remarkable exhibition drawn from the extensive glass collection owned by the University of Michigan- Dearborn. The exhibition, which was featured at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts from June until October of 2018, surveys important artists and works created from the mid-1960s to the present. Global Glass examines both functional glass objects and pure sculptural forms that have often taken cues from other fine arts media and movements in the U.S. and internationally. Among the 56 artists represented are glass giants Harvey Littleton, Howard Ben Tré, Dale Chihuly, Ann Robinson, and Kate Vogel. The exhibition has been curated by Don Desmett, independent curator and critic.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Don Desmett, Independent Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art will speak at 6:00 p.m. Event is free to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres provided.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alfred Berkowitz Gallery (3rd Floor Mardigian Library)
The science and chemistry used in the creation of studio glass goes back to the discovery of glass in ancient times. Throughout the Renaissance in Italy and in other European nations, recipes and techniques were developed that inform today's studio glass artists. These were further developed by American glass innovators like Louis Comfort Tiffany and the talented glass artists at Steuben in Corning, New York. Many renowned glass artists today have achieved success by combining scientific principals with artistic expression.
Charles Sable, Curator of Decorative Arts, is responsible for managing, developing, researching, and interpreting the Henry Ford Museum's American decorative arts collections dating from the 17th century to the present. He brings more than 30 years of museum and education experience to his post. Prior to his current position, Sable served as Curator at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, Assistant Curator for the Cincinnati Art Museum and Curator of Milwaukee's William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design. He has also held several secondary education posts. In his ten years at the Henry Ford, Sable has collaborated on refining the museum's furniture installation, Fully Furnished, and updating several Greenfield Village houses. Most recently, Sable curated the museum's Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Modern Glass, opened in 2016, and the Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass in Greenfield Village, which opened in 2017.
Event is free to the public. Complimentary refreshments provided.
Experience the Arts: Educational Programming
Dearborn Gallery Rally
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alfred Berkowitz Gallery (3rd Floor Mardigian Library)
A tour of Dearborn's finest galleries.
Sponsored by Chariot Transport
10 Galleries ♦ Free Shuttle* ♦ Free Parking ♦ No Charge Event
Tour Begins at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
Drive yourself or take the FREE shuttle to all the galleries courtesy of Chariot Transport
*Available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shuttles will run every 30 – 35 minutes.
Park for free at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (19th District Court lot).
Win 4 Detroit Tiger Tickets!!!
Get your stamp card at any participating gallery.
Participants must visit and obtain stamps from at least five different galleries to enter contest. Drawing will take place "LIVE" Tuesday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. on the Dearborn Community Fund's Facebook page.
Full details, with list of galleries, available at www.DearbornCommunityFund.org
The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is located on the third floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For further information, see below for contact information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact (313)-593-5087.
Electra was a remarkably gifted painter and Bill was an avid photographer. The couple loved to travel, and they acquired artwork from all over the world for their collection. Bill and Electra contributed greatly to the university's art collection for decades including donating the majority of Electra's body of work and many other art pieces that they collected throughout their years together. The couple also contributed a sizeable, and very generous, gift which, along with the support of other donors, will allow for the creation of the new Stamelos Gallery.
Australian glass artist Scott Chaseling (b. 1962) attended the Australian National University's Canberra School of Art in 1995. In a collaborative project with fellow glass artist Klaus Moje, the two artists invented the Australian Roll-Up technique. Their process is quite similar to the traditional Venetian murrini cane pick-up method with one major difference. Chaseling and Moje's concept involves picking up pre-fused panels of glass. This innovative approach allows artists to create carefully controlled designs that are not possible with traditional glassblowing methods. The pre-fused sheets of glass allow varying interior and exterior imagery, precise color placement, and full cross-sections of color, all seen in the skillful craftsmanship of this piece. After picking up the pre-fused panels on a punty, a glass blowing pipe, the final steps to the Australian Roll-Up technique consist of blowing, rolling and manipulating the glass form into a finished standing vessel shape.
---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager