Blown Glass in Boston

May 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm 1 comment

My sister and I had a blast relaxing in Boston this past weekend. She just finished her second year of college at Temple University, and I am so incredibly proud of her accomplishments! We treated ourself to a shopping trip to the Wrentham Outlets just south of Boston, but she had much better luck than me. We also enjoyed dinners and BBQs and lunches with friends before heading out for the summer. However, the best part of our adventure was our trip to the Museum of Fine Art to see the Chihuly exhibit. We absolutely were amazed by his gigantic works of art, and nerded out over a video of his glass blowing studio in the gift shop. We were lucky enough to see live glass blowing on a childhood vacation to the Corning Glass Museum in upstate NY in the Finger Lakes Region, and this brought back great memories from that trip! If you live in Boston, or near Boston, or are taking a trip there anytime soon, go see this exhibit! It is in town until August 7th. Warning: my pictures do absolutely no justice to this fantastic exhibit. There is simply no way to fully capture walking through these gigantic pieces of art.


Dale Chihuly is best known in the art world for his glass baskets, which are inspired by Native American woven baskets. The free forms of the basket, the thinness and delicate strength of the glass, and the way they nest together is simply incredible. While these might be what he is most known for, I was struck by two particular installations. One of them, towards the middle of the exhibit and shown above, feels like you are moving through a large underwater forest. All of the pieces of glass are huge, with free forms and curves that seem to defy and obey gravity at the same time. The piece takes up the entirety of a large room, so you truly feel like you are swimming through glassy ocean floor. Again, my pictures and words do little justice to the experience, so go experience it for yourself if you have the opportunity! My other favorite installation was the glass ceiling. The base of the ceiling was clear glass, giving view to layers upon layers of small to medium glass objects. Again with the ocean metaphors, my sister and I compared it to swimming through a sea of brightly colored jelly fish and other sea creatures. Another cool part of this room was looking at other visitors faces and reactions as they stared into the colorful ceiling.  Still can’t decide which installation I liked better!


Question: What is your favorite art exhibition that you have ever visited? The two that stand out in my mind (besides the Chihuly exhibit, obviously!) are a Salvador Dali exhibit that passed through the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. I enjoyed both of these because they were a collection through the artist’s span of work, which gave a lot of insight into the motivation behind their artwork as well as recurring themes and figures. It combined history and art, which I really enjoyed!

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  • 1. EmandM  |  May 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Jen! I can’t believe you’ve been to Corning Glass Museum =) yay upstate ny! looks like you and your sister had a lot of fun!!


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