Past Exhibitions

This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to understand the art and technology of glassmaking from three broad geographical regions, comparing the function and forms of glass of the ancient world with the role of glass as high art in the world today.

Focusing on glass as art and artifact, then and now, Trilogy of Glasswork brings together three exhibitions: Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change; Dale Chihuly's Seaforms; and Formless, but not Without Form, featuring the work of Loretta Hui-shan Yang. Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change illustrates how the craft of glassmaking was influenced by historical events and changing social values in the ancient Roman world, and offers a new perspective, breaking with the tradition of treating this ancient glassware as an exceptional art form. America's first national living treasure, Dale Chihuly gives fluid expression to the aesthetic and formal qualities of glass in Seaforms. A pioneer in the Chinese glass art movement, Loretta Hui-shan Yang gives the physical properties and unique characteristics of glass a deeper layer of spiritual meaning in Formless, but not Without Form.