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(FULL) ‘Chihuly Venetians’ Exhibit Opening Party – Members Only

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free for members

Event tickets to this special members only exhibit opening have all been claimed. Thank you for your excitement about this upcoming exhibit!

Join us on Friday, April 28 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm for an exclusive members only preview and exhibit opening party! See Dale Chihuly: Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection before it opens to the public, enjoy live music, savor tasty hors d’oeuvres, listen to a short talk by NCSML Curator Stefanie Kohn, and hear a special presentation by Linda Tesner. Ms. Tesner is the Curator of the George R. Stroemple Collection and Director of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College, Portland.

A cash bar will be available!

Opening Evening Schedule: 
5:00pm – Event begins, food and a cash bar available; Museum Store open; Jiruska, Smith, and Anderson galleries open; live music by Scott Barnum Duo
5:15pm – Ribbon cutting for Dale Chihuly: Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection; Petrik Gallery opens
6:00pm – Talk by NCSML Curator Stefanie Kohn in WFLA/ZCBJ Heritage Hall
6:15pm – Presentation and Q&A with special guest Linda Tesner, Curator of the George R. Stroemple Collection
8:00pm – Event ends, galleries close, Museum Store closes

Cost: Free for NCSML members. RSVP required.
Event tickets to this special members only exhibit opening have all been claimed.
Thank you for your excitement about this upcoming exhibit!

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More about the guest presenter:

Linda Tesner is the director and curator of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, a post she has held since 1998. She was formerly the assistant director of the Portland Art Museum, and the director of the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington. Linda has consulted with arts organizations in the Northwest as well as New York City. She is a prolific writer, having authored numerous exhibition catalogs, monographs and critical reviews over the past 30 years, including recent monographs on artists John Buck, Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace, and David Kroll.

Linda is sought as both a lecturer and panel moderator, facilitating critical dialogue on contemporary art. She serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee of the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and has chaired the Tri-Met Art Committee overseeing the selection of public artwork for one of its light rail lines since 2005. Linda also serves frequently as a juror selecting both artists and artwork for recognition. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon, and her M.A. in History of Art from Ohio State University. She has been the Curator of the George R. Stroemple Collection for the past 15 years.

More about the exhibit: 

In 1988, twenty years after Dale Chihuly was a Fulbright Fellow at the Venini glass factory, the artist returned to Venice. During this trip, he visited a palazzo that houses an extraordinary private collection of Venetian glass, mostly Art Deco-era examples blown for the Venini glass house, that exemplified the apogee of Venetian glass art. Intrigued by these astonishing and wildly inventive pieces from the 1920s and 1930s, Chihuly determined that he would design his own versions of “Venetians.” The following summer, he invited Lino Tagliapietra to work with him as a gaffer—and thus, one of Chihuly’s most daring and controversial series was born.

Of course, a series that began in imitation of tradition style very quickly evolved into Chihuly’s own expression. TheVenetians in the Stroemple Collection include the Putti Venetians, capacious and ambitious vessels, each with hot-formed figurative sculptures of putti and mythological creatures included in the design; Venetians (without putti); Piccolo Venetians, the smaller but no less spirited vessels originally based on traditional Venetian themes; Bottlestoppers, three monumental vessels inspired by perfume bottles, surmounted by hot-formed sculptures made by Pino Signoretto; and a selection of Chihuly drawings of Venetians, evidence of Chihuly’s creative process as he conceived of the Venetian designs. In all of the Venetians—called by Donald Kuspit a “toast to life”—Chihuly achieves his most resplendently baroque work, with blazing color, coiled tendrils, overblown flora and impish putti.

 

 

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Details

Date:
April 28
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free for members
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Organizer

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
Phone:
319-362-8500
Email:
info@ncsml.org
Website:
ncsml.org

Venue

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Phone:
319-362-8500 x 218