Meiji Period, 1968–1912, Japanese, Teapot ca.1900; Cloisonné, copper and silver, 4 1/8  x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel, and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel, 1983.11.

The Art of Refreshment

February 25, 2023 - August 27, 2023

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

From an afternoon tea to a cocktail party, events that center around eating and drinking have been a fundamental part of life across the world and throughout history. The objects used to present and serve food and liquids can be as important as what is being consumed.

Styles range from simple and utilitarian to ornate and elaborate and objects are made of a variety of materials. A driving factor in the design and decoration of things like teapots, pitchers, and serving platters is the social and economic status of the original owner. A cup owned by royalty may be made of a finer material and include more intricate details than one that belonged to someone of a lower status. Artists also consider cultural customs when creating objects related to eating and drinking. For example, the Japanese tea ceremony, a deeply symbolic cultural activity, requires teaware that differs in design from similar objects in other cultures. The artwork in this exhibition, drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, illustrates the wide variety of materials, styles, and uses of drink and dinnerware from ancient times to current day.

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Bishop Randall, Turtle Island, Waiting on Change, 2022. Sand carved borosilicate, glass and copper. Copper Electroplating: Ryan Fitt and Jared Cortland. Photo Credit: Jared Cortland

Torched Glass Pipes

April 20, 2023 - October 1, 2023

Harris - Burger Gallery

Featuring glass pipes from some of the most renowned contemporary artists, this exhibition will explore the creative possibilities of functional glass. In the early 1980s, flameworking artist Bob Snodgrass began making small color-changing glass pipes to sell at Grateful Dead concerts. The market quickly grew and a small underground glass community emerged. When the movement began, cannabis was illegal across the United States so artists needed to protect their identities from authorities who might otherwise shut down their studios or pursue legal action. While they needed to keep their artwork covert, they sought new and interesting flameworking techniques, advanced technical aspects of borosilicate glass, and explored the creative possibilities of subject matter and design.

Over the next four decades laws began to change, artists continued to create, and the market for these elaborate objects increased. What was once a taboo artform has made its way to the mainstream artworld and pipes are now being acquired by museums, sold at auctions, and collected by many. Everyday thousands of artists gather their glass rods and light their torches to make pipemaking one of the fastest growing areas of glass production. Although functionality has always been important, artists are experimenting with color, pattern, and form, taking the pipe from a utilitarian object to fine art.


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Bennett Bean, American, born 1941. Self Portrait with DNA, 2002. Vitreograph on paper, 30 x 24 in. Gift of John Littleton and Kate Vogel 2021.228

Glass on Paper: Vitreograph Prints

April 22, 2023 - July 9, 2023

Graphics Gallery

In 1974, during a university seminar devoted to cold-working glass techniques, American Studio Glass pioneer Harvey Littleton developed a new process for printing that he called vitreography. Unlike traditional printing methods that utilize wood or metal plates as a tool in image-making, vitreography uses glass plates. 

Over the course of thirty years Littleon invited more than 110 visiting artists to his studio to make prints using this process. They experimented with tools like diamond point styluses, etching acids, assorted drawing or scraping instruments, as well as sandblasting. By utilizing these many different tools and techniques they discovered that they could achieve tonal variations, textures, fine lines, and detail. Traditional printmakers, painters, ceramic and glass artists, and sculptors quickly discovered that vitreography allowed them to express themselves in new and interesting ways. This exhibition features vitreograph prints by some of the most well known contemporary glass and ceramic artists.

Exhibition and programming support provided by the IFPDA Foundation

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Gerome Kamrowski, American, 1914–2004. The Feted Wedding, 1945. Oil on canvas 72 x 48 in. On loan from the Gerome Kamrowski Estate 

Beyond Dreams: Surrealism and Its Manifestations

May 13, 2023 - August 20, 2023

Hodge Gallery

Featuring artworks by Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miro, and Leonora Carrington, as well as contemporary artists like Kenny Scharf, Sergei Isupov, and Peter Milton—Beyond Dreams: Surrealism and Its Manifestations illustrates that the ideology, themes, and techniques of Surrealism are still alive today. Working in a range of mediums like painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and film, these artists have tapped into alternative states of reality, seeking to liberate their imagination. Today, artists have continued to explore common surreal themes such as dreams, fantasy, the uncanny,  strange juxtapositions, and the manifestation of fears and desires. The artists in this exhibition have explored these themes through nontraditional techniques and materials in an effort to explore the potential of an individual’s unconscious to create artworks that exist outside of reason.

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