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January 18 through May 30, 2004


"People for centuries have been fascinated with glass - it's the most magical of materials."

- Dale Chihuly

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and Orlando Museum of Art will present Chihuly Across Florida: Masterworks in Glass which will be on view January 18 through May 30, 2004. (right:(1) Dale Chihuly, Sky Blue Basket Set with Cobalt Blue Lip Wraps, 1992, 17 x 15 x 16 inches. Photo: Claire Garoutte. © Copyright 2003 Dale Chihuly, All rights reserved)

These simultaneous, site-specific exhibitions constitute the largest presentation ever of Chihuly glass and the first time two major art museums have collaborated to show his work at the same time.

"We are proud to help bring Dale Chihuly's cutting edge works to Florida," said Bill Habermeyer, President and CEO of Progress Energy Florida, as well as an MFA trustee. "It speaks to the strength of the arts in Florida that an exhibition of such magnitude has been developed specifically for shows in St. Petersburg and Orlando. We look for this ambitious project to enrich the lives of area residents and attract visitors to both communities."

Chihuly has pushed the limits of the expressive capacity of glass by creating astonishingly ambitious works. Organized and designed by the artist, Chihuly Across Florida spotlights classic works and new large-scale installations. Represented are selections from some of his best-known series such as the Persians, Baskets, and Macchia. Also in the exhibition are new installations and large-scale sculptures specifically designed for display at the MFA and the OMA. In addition, visitors can enjoy a documentary video of Chihuly at work. (left: (2) Dale Chihuly, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1998. Photo: Terry Rishel; (3) Dale Chihuly, Arona Persian with Insignia Red Lip Wrap, 1993, 23 x 19 x 27 inches. Photo: Claire Garoutte. © Copyright 2003 Dale Chihuly, All rights reserved)

At the MFA, for example, Chihuly has created a Spanish Orange Persian in response to one of the Museum's most important and vibrant paintings, Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy (1927). A large-scale work will also enhance the beauty of the MFA's Membership Garden, and the Chihuly Steinway will be on view and will be played in the Marly Room during part of the show's run. Chihuly designed the exhibitions to complement the very different architectural styles of each museum. The neo-Palladian style of the MFA provides a traditional and intimate setting with indoor gardens, while the OMA's building blends classical elements with contemporary detailing and provides an open, expansive environment.

The museums have joined to create a statewide celebration of glass art, providing a unique cultural opportunity for Florida residents and tourists. bring national and international attention to Florida as a "state of the arts."

Chihuly Across Florida will bring national and international attention to Florida as a "state of the arts."


About the Artist

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

In 1968, Chihuly was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy. While in Venice, he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, Washington. With this international glass center, he has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.

Chihuly is celebrated for his grand architectural installations, such as his Chandeliers that were suspended over the canals and piazzas of Venice in 1996, his Jerusalem Wall of Ice of 1999, and more recently, an exhibition and outdoor installation at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Today his work is included in more than 200 museum and public collections across the globe including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C; Musee des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Paris; Corning Museum of Glass, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Bellagio, Las Vegas. Chihuly has received many awards, including seven honorary doctorates, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist grant.

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TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

Chihuly. World renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is the subject of six separate documentary programs included in this 177 minute collection. Each program presents the artist at work on a different project or exploring his craft with his team of collaborators. Included: Chihuly Niijima Floats, Chihuly in Action, Chihuly River of Glass, Chihuly Working with Lino Tagliapietra, Chihuly Atlantis and Chihuly Working with Pino Signoretto.
Chihuly DVD Collection is a 4-disc boxed set released in 2004, produced by the Museum of Glass. Each DVD is 60 minutes with an additional 30 minutes of special features. The videos explore the relationship of nature and glass as Chihuly and his team work in a variety of outdoor locations, and then install glass among the lush flora at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory. A comprehensive collection, the Chihuly DVD Collection is a globe-trotting adventure that leads to greater understanding of the man and his art. ASIN: B0000D1FJH.
Chihuly In Charlotte is a 2000 video directed by Stuart Grasberg and produced by WTVI, Charlotte Public Television..
Chihuly Over Venice is a 1998 PBS Home Video released by Home Vision Entertainment. The planning and realization of an ambitious project by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is documented in this absorbing PBS presentation. Chihuly collaborated with master glassblowers from four countries to achieve his collection of spectacular chandeliers for public display over the canals of Venice. From Finland to Ireland to Mexico to Italy, Chlhuly and the participatlng artisans join together for a creative 90 minute odyssey. An editorial review by Rob Lightner for Amazon.com says: "Dale Chihuly's gloriously organic glass sculptures grace galleries and public spaces around the world, and Chihuly over Venice follows the artist as he visits glassblowing studios across Europe and collaborates to create chandeliers for the first international Biennale of Glass in Venice. Behind-the-scenes glimpses of the hot, dirty work are cut in with shots of the canals and architecture of Venice to create a montage of a great artist working in a city with a long tradition of artistic excellence. We also get candid interviews with Chihuly and his assistants, which fill in the knowledge and history of the man himself, his work, and the community of glass artists in the Seattle area. Chihuly over Venice is a great package for anyone intrigued by the artistic process or enchanted by the sensuous curves of glass."
Dale Chihuly: Glass Master. In this 26 minute 1998 Vicki Dunakin video the artist demonstrates his creative process as it is manifested in three exquisite works: Sea Forms, Macchia, and Soft Cylinders. Dale Chihuly: Glass Master is available through the Sullivan Video Library at The Speed Art Museum which holds a sizable collection of art-related videos available to educators at no charge.

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