Harvey Littleton, Sliced Form, 1987

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Harvey Littleton

Harvey Littleton is considered to be the founder of the American Studio Glass movement because of his pivotal role as an educator and advocate for progress in glassmaking. Born and raised in Corning, New York, and, along with his father, a physicist who developed Pyrex for Corning Glass Works, Littleton had both science and glass in his blood. Earning his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Littleton used his knowledge of working with clay in kilns to conduct research on glass. In June 1962, after years of experimentation, he led two workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art, where he demonstrated that artists could mix and melt glass in small furnaces. This innovation allowed artists to blow glass in individual studios, thereby enabling them to work outside of a traditional manufactory setting.

As an educator, Littleton served on the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1951 to 1977, where he established the first glass curriculum in the United States. One of his first students was Dale Chihuly, who also championed innovative education programs for glass, founding the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. Littleton retired from teaching in 1977 and moved to North Carolina, where he set up a glass studio to produce his own works. There he created some of the most technically challenging and physically demanding work of his career. During the 1970s and 1980s, he continued to refine his work and explored the physical possibilities of glass, creating large and vibrant sculptures, such as Sliced Form of 1987. In addition to experimenting with color, he finished these works through the cold-working techniques of cutting and polishing.

Harvey Littleton American, 1922–2013 Sliced Form, 1987 Blown and drawn glass, cut and polished 251/2 x 6 x 3 inches Museum purchase with funds donated by Jack and Stephanie A. Neal, 2019.1

Acquisitions

Wesley Adderegg, American, born 1960.   Way Back Cup & Saucer, n.d. Painted earthenware. 9 × 41/2 × 41/2 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.156 Michael Blair, American. Ear of Corn Vessel, n.d. Celadon ceramic. 121/2 × 7 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.157 
Robert Burger, American, born 1938. Honeycomb Sphere, n.d. Porcelain. 8 × 9 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.158 Gary di Pasquale, American, born 1954. Shaped Vase, 2003. Ceramic. 24 × 7 × 8 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.159 
Anne Hirondelle, American, born 1944. Vessel, n.d. Stoneware. 8 × 11 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.160 Lynn Kuhn, Swiss. Shell Bowl, n.d. Faience. 3 × 51/2 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.161
Anna Metcalfe, American, born 1979. A Living Topography: Stories from Lake Superior, n.d. Porcelain, monofilament, steel frame. 30 × 57 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.162 Tom Otterness, American, born 1952. Standing Couple, 1982. Plaster. 111/2 × 73/4 × 5 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.163
Gustavo Pérez, Mexican, born 1950. Vaso Cortado, 2000. Stoneware. 7 × 61/4 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.164 Rafa Pérez, Spanish, born 1957. Vessel, 2014. Ceramic. 5 × 8 × 8 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.165 
Mary Scheier, American, 1910–2007, Edwin Scheier, American, 1910–2008. Vessel, 1984. Stoneware. 13 × 12 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.166  Bobby Silverman, American, born 1956. Stacked Bowls with Vase, 2001. Ceramic. 8 × 20 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.167 
Toshiko Takaezu, American, born Japan, 1922–2011. Vase, 2000. Stoneware. 3 × 3 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.168 Joan Takayma-Ogawa, American, born 1955. Made in Pasadena: Let Us Cultivate Our Decadence, 2007. Ceramic, metal, mixed media. 5 × 8 × 8 inches. Gift of Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger, 2018.169 
John Steuart Curry, American, 1897–1946. Missed Leap, 1934. Lithograph on paper. 163/4 × 93/4 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.170   John Steuart Curry, American, 1897–1946. Summer Afternoon, 1939. Lithograph on paper. 10 × 14 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.171 
Churchill Ettinger, American, 1903–1984. A Corner of the Cove, 1938. Etching on paper. 73/4 × 113/4 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.172 Gordon Grant, American, 1875–1962. Hauling in the Nets, 1937. Lithograph on paper 9 × 113/8 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.173
Irwin D. Hoffman, American, 1901–1989. Pastoral - Puerto Rico, 1938. Etching on paper. 9 × 11 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.174 Joseph Margulies, American, born Vienna, 1896–1984. Light and Shadow, 1937. Etching on paper. 10 × 71/2 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.175   
Grant Wood, American, 1891–1942. Shrine Quartet, 1939. Lithograph on paper. 71/4 × 12 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.176 C. Jac Young, American, born Germany, 1880–1940. Singing Birches, 1938. Etching on paper. 71/4 × 10 inches. Gift of Anne Lindell Hagiwara in memory of her parents, Alice Stemsrud and Herman Shlionsky, 2018.177
Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Best Western Chateau, Big Bear Lake, California, 2018. Archival inkjet print 12 × 161/2 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.178 Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Car Wash, Tuscon 2013, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 11 × 161/2 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.179
Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Chesterton, Indiana 2015, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 11 × 161/2 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.180 Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Grand Canyon, Arizona 2005, 2017. Archival inkjet print. 11 × 16 1/2 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.181 
Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Highway 1, Catayina, Mexico   1984, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 8 × 12 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.182 Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Huntington Beach, California 1988, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 8 × 12 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.183 
Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Palisades Park, Santa Monica, California 1975, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 93/8 × 12 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.184 Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Prague, Czechoslovakia 1967, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 8 × 12 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.185 
Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. San Simeon, California 2017, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 11 × 161/2 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.186 Robert von Sternberg, American, born 1939. Sunrise, Bastion Point, Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia 2010, 2018. Archival inkjet print. 11 × 161/2 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.187 
Barry Andersen, American, born 1945. Connemara Mountains, Peat and Sky, Ireland, 2004. Archival inkjet print. 10 × 14 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.188 Barry Andersen, American, born 1945. Grindavik 2, Iceland, 2016. Archival inkjet print. 12 × 18 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.189
Barry Andersen, American, born 1945. Salt Flat Pool, Carmargue, Arles, France, 2013. Archival inkjet print. 12 × 18 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.190 Kenda, North American, born 1951. Bliss, 2012–2018. Ultrachrome pigment print. 17 × 22 inches. Gift of Kenda North, 2018.191
Kenda, North American, born 1951. Descent, 2012–2018. Ultrachrome pigment print. 17 × 22 inches. Gift of Kenda North, 2018.192 Kenda, North American, born 1951. Red Shoes, 2012–2018. Ultrachrome pigment print. 17 × 22 inches. Gift of Kenda North, 2018.193 
Sheila Pinkel, American, born 1941. Bausch Lomb Protar, Zeiss Lens, 2012-2016. Archival inkjet print. 20 × 20 inches. Gift of Sheila Pinkel, 2018.194 Sheila Pinkel, American, born 1941. Ilex Lens, 2012–2016. Archival inkjet print. 20 × 20 inches. Gift of Sheila Pinkel, 2018.195 
Sheila Pinkel, American, born 1941. Light Bulb, 2016. Xeroradiograph inkjet print. 10 × 15 inches. Gift of Sheila Pinkel, 2018.196 Sheila Pinkel, American, born 1941. Palmos Stereo Camera, 2012–2016. Archival inkjet print. 20 × 20 inches. Gift of Sheila Pinkel, 2018.197 
Bonnie Schiffman, American, born 1950. Andy Warhol 1976, 2018. Inkjet print. 191/2 × 13 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.198 Bonnie Schiffman, American, born 1950. Ed Ruscha 1985, 2018. Inkjet print. 153/4 × 153/4 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.199 
Bonnie Schiffman, American, born 1950. Frank Gehry 1985, 2018. Inkjet print. 15 × 20 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.200 Melanie Walker, American, born 1949. Tobacco Field (Self Portrait) 1972, 2018. Inkjet print. 12 × 12 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.201
Clarence Morgan, American, born 1950. Zelda, 2017. Lithograph on paper. 16 × 16 inches. Gift of Max Lepler and Rex L. Dotson, 2018.202   Jennifer Bartlett, American, born 1941. House: Dots, Hatches, 1999. Screenprint on paper. 38 × 38 inches. Gift of Bennett and Sylvia Engelman, 2018.203 
Daniel Buren, French, born 1938. 1 + 2 = 3, 1998. Woodcut on paper. 195/8 × 153/4 inches. Gift of Bennett and Sylvia Engelman, 2018.204 Cathy Richardson, American, born 1949. Homage to Margaret Mee, 2018. Glass. 27/8 × 27/8 × 11/4 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.205
Douglas J. Becker, Amoeba, 1985. Glass. 25/8 × 27/8 inches. Gift from the Estate of Margaret J. Clinton, 2018.206 Murano, Italian. Millefiori, ca. 1920. Glass. 21/2 × 3 inches. Gift from the Estate of Margaret J. Clinton, 2018.207 
Roman. Cup, 1st-3rd century. Glass. 23/4 × 25/8 inches. Gift of U.S. Sugar, 2018.208Audrey Flack, American, born 1931. Maquette for Civitas, 1988. Patinated and gilded bronze, cast glass frame. 571/2 × 12 × 17 inches. Gift of Mrs. Susan P. and Mr. Louis K. Meisel, 2018.209 
Gilles Demarteau, French, 1722–1776. Venus sur un Dauphin, n.d. Crayon engraving on paper. 113/8 × 167/8 inches. Gift of Dr. Jamile Trueba Lawand, 2018.210   Edward Moran, American, born England, 1829–1901. “Deigindisch”, Night Scene with Fisherman and Boat on Shore, 1895. Etching on paper. 173/4 × 115/8 inches. Gift of John and Janice Henry, 2018.211
Albert Young, American, born 1951. Untitled (Commission for Robinson Lawn), 1999–2000. Steel, cast glass. Dimensions vary. Gift of the Family of Jack A. and Aviva Robinson, 2018.212 Richard Meitner, American, born 1949. Untitled, n.d. Blown glass. Gift of the Family of Jack A. and Aviva Robinson, 2018.213
Naoko Serino, Japanese, born 1962. Untitled, n.d. Jute. Gift of the Family of Jack A. and Aviva Robinson, 2018.214