Dale Chihuly has charmed the world with his fanciful chandeliers and colorful botanical installations. The Chrysler Museum presents “Chihuly in the Garden” to highlight a Norfolk performance of a Bela Bartok opera that features sets made by the artist.
Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington in the early 1960s. He later enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin, and went on to serve as head of the Department of Sculpture and the Program in Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Dale Chihuly, Blue Marlins and Turquoise Reeds, © 2015 Chihuly Studio.
Chihuly would eventually return to his home state of Washington and co-found a school dedicated to glassmaking on a tree farm just north of Seattle. The school, called Pilchuck after the farm, has been a mecca for glassmakers worldwide since its founding in 1971. Now, at age 73, the artist continues to create in his signature series.
Chihuly in the Garden will be on view April 11–June 7, 2015. Here is the magical installation process:
The Chrysler Museum is a partner with the Virginia Arts Festival and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the presentation of Bluebeard’s Castle at Chrysler Hall April 18-19, 2015. For a video preview of the performance, click here. For more information on the Virginia Arts Festival, click here. To buy Bluebeard’s Castle tickets, click here.