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Upcoming Hours

Current Exhibition

ONE HOUSE, TWO VOICES:
Recent Glass Works by Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender

May 5 - July 14, 2017

Exhibition opening reception: Friday, May 5, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Featured Guest Speakers: Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender will speak at 6:00 p.m.

Glass work by Christina Bothwell and Rober Bender
Imaginary Friends
Christina Bothwell and Robert Bender
2017
Bothwell and Bender Exhibition Card
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Reception is free to the public. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided. The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is located on the third floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Call (313) 593-5087 for further information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact (313) 593-5087 prior to April 21.

Upcoming Exhibit

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Open Competition 2017
Show Dates: August 11 - October 5

This exhibition showcases and celebrates Michigan artists and promotes the resources of the University of Michigan-Dearborn to diverse audiences. The competition is open to all media and artistic styles.

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Featured University Art Collection Piece

Featured collection glass artwork

Soft Cylinder, Dale Chihuly (b. 1941), blown glass, 1984.
Gift of Edward C. and Mary Ellen Wall, Collection of UM-Dearborn (2009.024),
Photograph by Kip Kriigel


Highly esteemed American glass artist Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) is widely acknowledged for his role in promoting the recognition of studio glass as a fine art form. With this work, Chihuly returned to his “pick-up drawing” technique used previously in his Basket series. This time, Chihuly and his team used shard drawings to obtain more colorful compositions and intricate design patterns. The process begins with blowing a bubble and breaking it into shards. Glass threads are fused to the shard pieces with a torch in designs reflecting Navajo Blanket patterns. The detailed shard piece is then surrounded by additional glass threads and laid out on a steel table called a marver. A molten glass form on a blowpipe is then rolled over the shards and threads fusing the pieces together to form the end result, a Soft Cylinder.

---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager

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