Blockbuster Exhibition: Chihuly at Crystal Bridges!
May 31, 2017
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is debuting a blockbuster exhibition of breathtaking works by master glass sculptor Dale Chihuly!
Chihuly’s creations showcasing the translucence and transparency of glass, ice, water and neon, are celebrated around the world. An innovator for more than 40 years, he works in many media including glass, paint, plastics, neon and ice, always pushing their boundaries to carry out his distinctive vision. Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest opens June 3 and will be on view in Crystal Bridges’ temporary exhibition gallery and North Forest through August 14. Once the gallery portion closes,Chihuly: In the Forest will remain on view in the museum’s North Forest from August 16 to Nov. 13. Museum members can partake of a special week-long member preview May 27 through June 2.
Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest showcases over 300 objects comprised of 14 bodies of work in the gallery and 10 large-scale outdoor installations. The works are featured both in the gallery and along the museum’s newly enhanced North Forest Trail. The exhibition highlights Chihuly’s signature works and newest projects in a museum-wide experience of light, color, and masterful forms.
Crystal Bridges has opened a new entrance and the enhanced North Forest to host the outdoor Chihuly exhibition. The new entrance, elevator tower and a pedestrian bridge on the north side of the museum are designed to increase access to the museum’s north lawn and trail system. Chihuly is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions presented in museums and gardens. His largest sculpture to date, Fiori di Como, is a colorful glass ceiling made of more than 2,000 pieces on display at the Bellagio Hotel lobby in Las Vegas.
Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Chihuly established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design and co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. He pioneered irregular, asymmetrical forms by allowing the molten glass to bend, fold and move according to its own rhythm and gravity. Experimenting with size, weight and thinness to create new shapes, he expanded the scope and scale of art glass, with sculptural and architectural installations. His stunning creations are familiar to art lovers and glass enthusiasts alike. From the first small glass bubble he blew as an art student in 1965, Chihuly has marveled at the mysteries of glass. “To this day I have not gotten over the excitement of molten glass,” the artist Chihuly said. “The process is so wonderfully simple, yet so mystifying. I’m still amazed to see the first breath of air enter the hot gather of glass at the end of a blowpipe.”
At Crystal Bridges, the extensive indoor and outdoor installations will feature new works by Chihuly, as well as iconic works spanning the breadth of his career. Non-member admission for this ticketed exhibition is $20 for adults and includes both the indoor and outdoor venues. Once the gallery portion closes, the cost will be $10 for Chihuly: In the Forest. There is no cost for museum members and youth ages 18 and under. For tickets and more click here.