For the 50th anniversary of the United States Studio Glass Movement, Telfair Museums will host its first exhibition on the subject of contemporary glass. Blown, Assembled and Cast: A Celebration of Contemporary Glass will feature approximately thirty works from the museum’s collection of studio glass, as well as works from collectors Betty Melaver and Jackie and Stephen Rabinowitz.
The exhibition will explore a variety of techniques used in the creation of studio glass-blown, cast, and assembled-through the work of nationally and internationally-recognized artists including Dale Chihuly, JosÃ© Chardiet, Stephen Dee Edwards, Jon Kuhn, David Levi, Dante Marioni, Charles Miner and Bertil Vallien. One of the most important contemporary glass objects in the Telfair’s collection includes a custom-built glass house by Therman Statom. The piece was created in 2006 for the ArtZeum in the Jepson Center.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gutstein and supported by works from the collections of Betty Melaver and Jackie and Stephen Rabinowitz.
Gallery Talk by Curator Tania Sammons
July 23 / 1 pm / JC
Free to members or with museum admission.
Blown, Assembled and Cast: Contemporary Glass Artists Panel with Charles Miner*
October 18 / 6 pm / Jepson Center
Charles Miner, featured artist in the exhibition will discuss his distinctive processes. An important figure in contemporary glass since the 1970s, Charles Miner founded Tesuque Glassworks in New Mexico, and is noted for blown glass works and for his unique lost wax casting process. He is represented in major museum collections including the Renwick Gallery, the Corning Museum of Glass, and Telfair Museums.
Glass Sculpture Workshop for high school students with Therman Statom*
October 19 / 4-6 pm / Moses Jackson Advancement Center
Advance registration required, call 912.790.8823.
Glassblowing Workshops at Drayton Glass Works*
October 20 / 2-4 pm, Drayton Glass Works, 2424 1/2 Drayton St.
Local master glass artist Jon Poirer will provide short glassblowing workshops to introduce participants to the medium. Workshops are 45 minutes and free. Advance registration required, call 912.790.8823.
Director’s Circle Preview Dinner celebrating Blow, Assembled and Cast and Dan Winter’s America
September 12 / 6 pm / JC
Call Catherine Renner at 912.790.8844 for more information.
*These three programs are FREE and open to the public, sponsored by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs.
Top: David Levi(American b. 1959); Bird Vase, 1999; Colored glass; 24 1/2 x 13 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches; Gift of Danyse G. and Julius Edel, 2007.6
Frank Gallo; Cygnus #10, 1985; Cast glass; 7 7/8 x 5 x 3 3/4 inches; on loan from Stephen and Jackie Rabinowitz
Jose Chardiet; Cancion, 2003; Blown glass, sand-blast and acid-etched; 29 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches, Gift of Moses Luski, 2009.17.2.a-c
Dale Chihuly; Untitled (from Macchia series), n.d.; Blown glass; 13 x 14 x 12 inches; on loan from Betty Melaver