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Working in Brooklyn: Glass Works: Emerging Artists

DATES May 06, 2000 through September 02, 2000
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
  • March 1, 2000 Glass Works: Emerging Artists, a presentation of thirteen Brooklyn-based glass artists, will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art from May 6 though September 3, 2000. A collaboration between the Museum and UrbanGlass, the New York Center for Contemporary Glass, the exhibition will present original works that have been directly influenced by specific objects found in the BMA’s permanent collection of over 1.5 million objects. These specially created pieces will be installed throughout the Museum and near their corresponding BMA masterpieces. Visitors will be able to find the works via an exhibition floor plan and wall texts located near the Museum’s Grand Lobby.

    Glass Works presents works that have been created through a variety of techniques including glassblowing, hot-sculpting, casting, lampworking, and glass mosaic. Works include Tchenesha Brown-Boateng’s interpretation of a Persian carpet, Anna Butler’s version of a Native American girl’s coiled puberty basket, and Suzanne Charbonet’s handblown vase, inspired by a pattern found on a Dogon sculpture. Mark Ferguson has cast a water tower found in George Copeland Ault’s painting Manhattan Mosaic and Nils Grossien has created Kosovo, a six-foot photo-realist glass mosaic mural to be displayed next to two Rodin sculptures. Also included will be Arlan Huang’s glass “stones,” which will be contrasted against ancient Indian sandstone and terracotta sculptures of Buddha’s head, and Beth Lipman’s three-dimensional version of Severin Roesin’s painting Still Life with Fruit. Other works include David Medina’s cast-glass interpretations of Yoruba figures, Himiko Ohta’s cast-glass shield contrasted with an African mask, Robert Panepinto’s blown-glass rendition of a pink sandstone Ganesh sculpture from India, and Justin Parker’s Whale Mask, inspired by the BMA’s massive whale mask from the Northwest Coast. Annette Rose-Shapiro’s lampworked interpretation of ancient Egyptian glass jewelry and Jeff Zimmerman’s handblown mirrored orb reflecting the figure of a young girl found in a nineteenth-century American painting will also be included in the exhibition.

    Glass Works: Emerging Artists
    has been organized by Melissa M.W. Seiler and Kevin Stayton, Chair and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, in collaboration with John Perrault, Director of UrbanGlass. The exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from AT&T.

    Through its Working in Brooklyn series of exhibitions, the Brooklyn Museum of Art has acknowledged Brooklyn’s ever-growing importance in determining the direction of the contemporary art world. The series highlighted sculpture in 1985, painting in 1987, and installation art in 1990. Working in Brooklyn resumed with the 1996 exhibition The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Drawings by Glenn Ligon and Current Undercurrent, a large group exhibition in 1997 featuring work from Brooklyn’s artist-run galleries, and continued with such exhibitions as Joan Snyder: Works on Paper; Exterior/Interior: The Way I See It, Five Photographers Working in Brooklyn; Domestic Transformations; and Beyond Technology.

    Glass Works: Emerging Artists
    will coincide with the 30th Annual Conference of the Glass Art Society, taking place in Brooklyn, New York, from June 8 to 11, 2000. For more information about the Glass Art Society or the conference, call (206) 382-1305 or log on to

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1995 - 2003. 2000, 037-38.
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