When the Oklahoma City Museum of Art opened its downtown facility in 2002, an exhibit of glassworks created by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly inaugurated the museum in colorful fashion. Ten years later, glass is once again the focus of an exhibit scheduled to open this week.
Titled “Fusion: A New Century of Glass,” the exhibit features works of glass created in the 21st century. Co-curated by Alison Amick and Jennifer Klos, the exhibit celebrates glass as an artistic medium and the diverse ways in which contemporary artists approach that medium.
“When we began looking at this anniversary year, we thought it would be interesting to create an exhibit that looks at glass in a completely different way from what we've done in the past,” said Amick, the museum's curator of collections. “I think we've come up with a good representation of new works that reflects the times in which we live.”
Among the key works are Andrew Erdos' “Texture of a Ghost,” a 2011 work that features handblown glass sculptures and a video installation, Josiah McElheny's 2004 “Landscape Model for Total Reflective Abstraction,” and Luke Jerram's “E. coli,” a 2010 work that explores the tension between scientific objectivity and the cultural perceptions of viruses, diseases and bacteria.
“Fusion” also features 12 snow globes by Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz from their “Travelers” series, a trio of stained glass light boxes by Judith Schaechter, and works by Karen LaMonte that highlight the role of the kimono in Japanese culture.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is Beth Lipman's monumental sculpture “Bride,” a 10-foot, five-tiered dessert stand featuring handmade glass objects that rise, overflow and then spill onto the floor.