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Stamelos Gallery Center
The Art of the Everyday: Objects from Ancient Daily Life
April 26 - July 5

Past Exhibit

Global Glass: A Survey of Form and Function

February 7 - September 20


About the Exhibition

Leaf Vase, William Glasner, American b. 1947, blown and sandblasted glass, 1982, Gift of Vera Sattler
Leaf Vase, William Glasner, American b. 1947, blown and sandblasted glass, 1982, Gift of Vera Sattler

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.

Hyperboloid, Harvey K. Littleton, American (1922-2013), blown glass, 1980, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burnstein
Hyperboloid, Harvey K. Littleton, American (1922-2013), blown glass, 1980, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Burnstein
Vessel, Mattheis Klering, German, flameworked glass, 1980s, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken
Vessel, Mattheis Klering, German, flameworked glass, 1980s, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken

 
 


 

Exhibition Events

Opening Reception
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.

Tetev, Czeslaw Zuber, Polish b. 1948, glass block, cut, enameled and etched, 1986, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken
Tetev, Czeslaw Zuber, Polish b. 1948, glass block, cut, enameled and etched, 1986, Gift of Donald and Carol Wiiken
Stone Vessel, Curtiss R. Brock, American b.1961, acid-etched glass, ca. 1984, Gift of the Artist in Memory of Frank Scanlon
Stone Vessel, Curtiss R. Brock, American b.1961, acid-etched glass, ca. 1984, Gift of the Artist in Memory of Frank Scanlon

 

Guest Lecture
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Stamelos Gallery (3rd Floor Mardigian Library)

Furnance (Blue Chalice with Four Figures), Lucio Bubacco, Italian b. 1957, flameworked glass, 2000, Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams
Furnace (Blue Chalice with Four Figures), Lucio Bubacco, Italian b. 1957, flameworked glass, 2000, Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams
The Science and Innovation of Studio Glass
Charles Sable, Curator of Decorative Arts, Henry Ford Museum

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.

Earn Talent Gateway points!

Experience the Arts: Educational Programming
750 points


Dearborn Gallery Rally
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Stamelos 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

Dearborn Gallery Rally Fler

 
 

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Exhibition Events

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Guest Curator Don Desmett will speak at 6:00 p.m.
Reception is free to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres provided.


 

The Stamelos Gallery Center is located on the first floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For more information, see below for contact information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact lacotton@umich.edu.

Featured University Art Collection Piece

Featured collection glass artwork

Taketori Tale, Kyohei Fujita (b. 1921), n.d., Mold blown glass with gold and silver foil inclusions
Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams, Collection of UM-Dearborn (Adp39), Photograph by Kip Kriigel


World renowned artist Kyohei Fujita was born in Japan in 1921. He is known as the father of Japanese studio glass. Many of his works, including this one, were inspired by early Japanese boxes that were richly decorated with lacquerwork and mother-of-pearl inlays, and traditionally used to store Buddhist writings, jewelry, inkstones and brushes. Fujita's celebrated ornamental glass boxes revive conventional Japanese aesthetics in a contemporary form. This breathtaking piece was mold blown with gold and silver foil inclusions. Whenever asked by collectors what to keep in the boxes, the artist usually stated "You should put your dreams in them."

---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager

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