Museums are traditionally seen as gatekeepers of artistic respectability. Let’s crash the gates with the help of radical and revolutionary artists.
Glass smoking pipes —known as “functional glass” — occupy a marginal space in the art world due to their association with illicit activities. As a result, functional glass artists are rarely recognized for the creative problem-solving, innovation, and experimentation they put to use in service of their art. They solve physical and aesthetic problems that are unique to this “underground” world of glass blowing.
In this new exhibit, we will showcase work that pushes the limits of functional glass pipes. The “Treachery of Images” embraces the technical, as well as the social challenges pipemakers face in their efforts to be accepted within the art world. Let’s celebrate the love these artists have for exploring the material of glass — a love that shines through within their unconventional designs and amazing craftsmanship.
This exhibition will be open for viewing during all Museum hours of operation from Friday, April 7 through Sunday, May 7. It is included with your Museum admission.