Dale Chihuly Sculpture Unveiling and Dedication

Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | 2:30 PM | Zimmerli Art Museum

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The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University unveils and dedicates its first Dale Chihuly sculpture, Rivera Blue Macchia Chartreuse Lip Wrap, given as a gift by Michael Sodomick in honor of The Trevor Project and in memory of Tyler Clementi. Dale Chihuly is recognized as the world’s most important glass artist and has been the subject of many museum exhibitions, books, and films. In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he traveled to Venice to work at the Venini Fabrica, where he first experienced the team approach to blowing glass. After his return to the United States, he established the glass department at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught until 1983. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in the state of Washington, known today as an international center of avant-garde glass art. In 1981 Chihuly began the Macchia series (“macchia” is the Italian word for spotted). These highly eccentric vessels combine densely colored and transparent glass to create evocative interplays between reflection and opacity, interior and exterior. The tentative balance that is a feature of many of the Macchia suggests both the fragility of glass as a medium and its mercurial nature. Click here to learn more about Dale Chihuly, and here to learn more about the Zimmerli Art Museum. Prior to this event, Rutgers students and James Clementi share their writing at “The Letter Q at R.U.” reading. Click here to read the press release and learn more about the gift.


Suzanne Delehanty is the director of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. An internationally known museum leader, she was founding director of the Miami Art Museum and, prior to coming to Rutgers in 2008, was head an independent arts consultant service. Click here to learn more about Suzanne Delehanty.

Jeffrey Longhofer is the director of the Tyler Clementi Center and an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. Click here to learn more about Jeffrey Longhofer.


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