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Chihuly Passport Edition 003
Welcome to Chihuly Passport, the latest updates on Chihuly exhibitions, galleries, and events. www.chihuly.com
Exhibition Updates
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Chihuly: The Nature of Glass
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
November 22, 2008 – May 31, 2009
With sold-out crowds and more than 300,000 people visiting the exhibition since it opened, Chihuly: The Nature of Glass continues its run at the Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden is making every effort to accommodate as many visitors as possible before the exhibition closes after Memorial Day weekend.
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Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trade Blankets
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin
April 4 – June 14, 2009
On view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is a selection of eighty colorful trade blankets from Chihuly’s collection as well as fifteen Blanket Cylinders inspired by the designs of Native American trade blankets.
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Read Dale's essay, Collecting Trade Blankets
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Exhibitions Coming Soon in 2009
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Chihuly Seaforms
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
June 6 – September 8, 2009
The Flint Institute of Arts presents an exhibition of twenty-four Seaform sets created between 1980 and 2002. The exhibition is accompanied by fifteen Seaform Drawings.
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Chihuly Reimagined
Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio
July 4, 2009 – March 28, 2010
Following renovation of the garden's grounds, Franklin Park Conservatory's Chihuly collection will be presented in a new exhibition, Chihuly Reimagined, which will include three new works. This is the first of three venues in the Chihuly in Columbus tribute.
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Chihuly Illuminated
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
September 2009 – Spring 2010
The Columbus Museum of Art will host Chihuly Illuminated, the second venue in the Chihuly in Columbus tribute.
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Gallery Updates
SOFA West Amber Crystal Sconce
SOFA WEST: Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico
June 11 – 14, 2009
This will mark the first year of the Santa Fe edition of The International Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art, otherwise known as SOFA. Holsten Galleries of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, will showcase Chihuly's Tabac Baskets, Black Cylinders, and recent drawings. Holsten Galleries will also feature Amber and Cut Crystal Sconce, which Chihuly created in collaboration with Waterford. SOFA WEST will take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center with Opening Night First Choice Preview on June 10 to benefit the Design Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art.
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Traver Gallery
Seattle, Washington
August 7 - September 27, 2009
Traver Gallery in Seattle will host its first Chihuly exhibition, featuring new explorations of Dale’s Venetian series, as well as several installations. An opening night reception will be held on August 6 from 5-8 pm.
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Hawk Galleries
Columbus, Ohio
October 2, 2009 - January 31, 2010
The third component of Chihuly in Columbus will be Chihuly XIV, an exhibition at Hawk Galleries that will include several of Dale’s series and installations.
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Project Updates
360° Kuwait
Kuwait City, Kuwait
May 2009
Two Chandeliers were commissioned by Kuwait's premier commercial real estate developer, The Tamdeen Group. Sun Court Chandelier is a series of four torqued rings, enlivened with a bright array of yellow, red, and orange Persian elements. Star Court Chandelier is reminiscent of a cobalt blue star. Both sculptures will hang prominently in the multi-level atrium of the 360° Kuwait mall project in Kuwait City.
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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Grand Rapids, Michigan
May 2009
Adding to their existing Chihuly collection, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has commissioned a new artwork for their renovated cafe. Named after Lena Meijer, wife of the garden's founder, Lena's Garden covers the entire expanse of the cafe ceiling in a delightful rainbow-like wash of color and form.
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Chihuly History
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20 Years Ago at Pilchuck
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington
1989
Twenty years ago at Pilchuck, Dale asked two masters – Lino Tagliapietra and Pino Signoretto – to work with him on a demonstration piece. It was the first time these three artists worked together, creating the first of the Putti series.
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Portland Press
Emmy Nominations for Chihuly in the Hotshop
May 30, 2009
Chihuly in the Hotshop has been nominated for three regional Emmy awards in the following categories:
Documentary / Cultural/Historical:
Mark McDonnell, Producer; Peter West, Director
Director:
Peter West
Editor / Program:
Peter West
Congratulations to Peter West and Mark McDonnell. Winners will be announced on May 30, 2009.
Chihuly in the Hotshop continues to air nationwide; check listings for your local PBS station. A copy of this program may be purchased in a DVD/book combination or in the newly released Blu-ray version.
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See local airings on PBS
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Lectures and Appearances
Chihulys in Italy
Venice, Italy
March 24 - April 3, 2009
Dale, Leslie, and Jackson traveled to Venice at the end of March, with James Mongrain, one of Dale’s main gaffers, and James' girlfriend Melissa. The highlight of the trip took place in the studio/hotshop of Pino Signoretto. Chihuly and Pino collaborated on a spectacular series of dragon forms on blown bases. In 1968, Dale received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Venice, where he observed glassblowing and worked in the Venini factory on the island of Murano. Since that time he has considered Venice to be his favorite city. This summer Dale looks forward to contributing an artwork to the 2009 Venice Biennale, which runs June 7 - November 22, 2009.
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In the Community
Dahlgren
Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, Washington
Through June 28, 2009
Dale and Leslie loaned a work by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren, I, the world, things, life (interactive dartboard installation), from their personal collection, to the Henry Art Gallery on the University of Washington campus. The exhibition Jacob Dahlgren – Forward, Back, Right, Left opened in January. Due to its overwhelming success, the gallery has extended the exhibition through June 28.
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Seattle Symphony
Seattle, Washington
Leslie and Dale continue to support Seattle arts with a recent donation to the Seattle Symphony. An edition of 88 Original Limited Edition Prints, Symphony Sisters, was gifted to the Symphony for fundraising purposes and will officially release to the public in May 2009. Symphony Sisters is a two color lithograph with handwork, printed by Landfall Press in 2000. A monoprint, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, was also gifted by the Chihulys and will be featured on the cover of the Seattle Symphony’s soon-to-be-released CD of the same name. Spirits are high with talk of a release party to celebrate the collaboration!
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The World Superyacht Awards
London, England
May 16, 2009
Dale will present two Chihuly-designed awards at the 2009 World Superyacht Awards Gala. Considered to be the “Oscars” in the superyacht world, the event at London’s historic Guildhall will bring together more than 400 architects, designers, and owners of these spectacular vessels.
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Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle, Washington
May 21 – June 14, 2009
As avid film buffs and long-time supporters of the Seattle International Film Festival, Dale and Leslie are happy to sit on the board of this internationally recognized community organization. The Chihulys provided the artwork created specifically for SIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year’s recipient of this honor was Sir Anthony Hopkins.
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