April 7, 2018 - October 27, 2019Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery
Closing in October, Small Worlds not only features a vast collection of historical European paperweights from the FIA’s permanent collection but also a large variety of contemporary paperweights from private collections. The exhibition explores the world of paperweights from the 19th century, the classic period of production, to present day contemporary weights. Paperweights continue to be a popular art object today, and manufacturers and artists all over the world have enlarged the scope, scale, design, and fabrication of these small artworks.
Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection
(hardcover; 248 pages; $24.95)
This exhibition catalog features more than 140 weights from the Classic Period (1845–1860) of French manufacturers Baccarat, Clichy, and Saint-Louis, to works by contemporary artists Josh Simpson and Debbie Tarsitano, from the collections of Mrs. Viola E. Bray and Mrs. Genevieve Shaw. Kathryn Sharbaugh, FIA Director of Development, serves as guest curator to research and write about the history of paperweights, as well as highlight their various styles, techniques, and categories. This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition Small Worlds, which presents a survey of glass paperweights from the 19th century to the present. Support for the catalogue provided by the Bray Charitable Trust.