Completely reimagined, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. For the new display, the museum consulted with the Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper.
Notably, Halper curated WAM's popular 2014 summer exhibition Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.
Revealing WAM's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass will be on view. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of the Steuben Glass Works, the world-class glass manufacturer (1903—2011), continues to beguile and inspire artists. The new installation acknowledges and examines how contemporary glass artists explore the continuing allure and legacy of Steuben. Magnificent work by such living artists as Dante Marioni and Kiki Smith will be on view.
The new collection display will also feature a new commission--an elaborate, Steuben-inspired candelabrum--by glass artist Andy Paiko. This special work is effervescent! It incorporates an abundantly enthusiastic array of forms and techniques first developed by Steuben. Paiko's tapering candle holders hang gracefully from the central form, each demonstrating the Steuben "air-twist" technique, perfected by designer George Thompson. The cinched, bell-shaped forms of the upper part of the large-scale candleholder are typical of Thompson's designs. WAM's collection includes original sketches by Thompson during his time working for Steuben, making Paiko’s reimagining of Thompson's forms particularly relevant to the collection.
Art of Fire: Frederick Carder and Steuben glass will be on view in the F. Price Cossman Memorial Trust Gallery.
Coffee and Cocktails brings together vintage furniture, designer clothes, and elegant decorative arts objects to explore the fashionable worlds of teatime and cocktail hour in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first part of the exhibition centers on tea and coffee—two hot beverages that went from exotic imports to everyday necessities over the course of the 1800s, inspiring specialized tableware, furniture, and clothing. The second half of the exhibition takes the viewer from day to evening, and features the barware, furniture, and clothing necessary for an elegant night of drinks and conversation.
Coffee and Cocktails draws from the collections of the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum to explore this fascinating moment in design history. Come, join the party at the Wichita Art Museum. What are you drinking?
The Wichita Art Museum will present a dynamic, theatrical gallery experience--one that combines glass art, film projection, sound, and storytelling. As visitors progress through each scene more beautiful and arresting than the next, they will discover the Pacific Northwest Tlingit story of Raven, the white bird in darkness that brings light to the world. Museum of Glass commissioned Seattle-based artist and internationally regarded Preston Singletary to create this unique staging of the Native American foundational story of Raven.
Singletary uniquely combines European glass traditions with Northwest Native art. The artist grew up within the Pacific Northwest glass community. He became a fixture at Pilchuck Glass School founded by Dale Chihuly in the Northwest woods. Singletary also sought training in Sweden at Kosta Boda and with Italian master glass artists Lino Tagliapietra and Pino Signoretta. With Northwest Native icons, animal spirits, and basketry designs, Singletary has transitioned Northwest Native art to a new dimension in glass, expertly crafted.
The artist is now internationally revered, and his art is included in collections including The British Museum in London, National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Smithsonian Institution in D.C., and Seattle Art Museum, among many others.
Raven and the Box of Daylight is organized by Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington, and Preston Singletary. The exhibition is guest curated by Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Tlingit/Zuni). The multisensory visitor experience is designed by zoe | juniper.
The Wichita presentation has been generously underwritten by presenting sponsor F. Price Cossman Memorial Trust, INTRUST Bank, Trustee. Lead patrons are DeVore Foundation and Mrs. Judy Slawson. Fred and Mary Koch Foundation provided additional major underwriting. Charles E. Baker is a principal sponsor. Emprise Bank is a substantial corporate sponsor.
Generous support has been provided by Louise Beren, Berry Foundation, Donna Bunk, Mary Eves, Norma Greever, Dr. Dennis and Mrs. Ann Ross, Mary Sue Smith, Sarah T. Smith, K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Janice and Jeff Van Sickle, and Sue and Kurt Watson.
Dr. John and Nancy Brammer, Sharon and Alan Fearey, Toni and Bud Gates, Carol and H. Guy Glidden, Patti Gorham and Jeff Kennedy, Sonia Greteman and Chris Brunner, Mary and Delmar Klocke, and Will and Kristin Price are additional exhibition patrons.
All museum exhibitions receive generous sponsorship from the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum and the City of Wichita.
Richard Marquis: Keepers is a late career survey of a towering figure in the Studio Glass movement. Richard Marquis is known for extraordinary technique, comic sensibility, bold innovations, and iconoclastic spirit.
In his 50-year career, he has consistently been gleefully inventive and unfailingly smart. His work is collected and exhibited world-wide. The 119 objects in the exhibition are chosen from the artist’s own comprehensive archives of his art from the 1960s to the present. Marquis calls these pieces his “keepers.”
This retrospective exhibition was organized by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, in partnership with the Wichita Art Museum and guest curated by Seattle-based curator Vicki Halper. The galleries will be thematically arranged and include areas of his work that have rarely been exhibited, including ceramics and prints.