Glass Art: From Murano to Dale Chihuly With Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Glass Art: From Murano to Dale Chihuly With Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar will look at the history of glass art, focusing on the lineage of longstanding production houses on Murano Island in Venice through an international group of star practitioners based across the globe.
Glass production in Venice dates back to the medieval period when artisan glassmakers were required to move to the island of Murano, thus creating a unique community of craftspeople still active today. This seminar will trace the long history of glassmaking in Venice, emphasizing artisans of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will review key terms specific to the trade, such as Aventurine glass, filigrano, caning, and different types of beads (like murrine and millefiori), as we survey the various techniques engaged for different styles and objects, including chandeliers, vases, jewelry, and other sculptural as well as functional items.
Moreover, we will explore several of the key fornaci or glass workshops--such as Venini, Cenadese, Seguso, and Carlo Moretti--with a view toward how key designers from across the globe, from Carlo Scarpa and Tapio Wirkkala to Ettore Sottsass and Dale Chihuly, have been commissioned to create new iconic designs. Finally, we will visit virtually some of the best sites in Venice for exhibitions of glass today, such as the Cini Foundation on San Giorgio Maggiore, as well as the Glass Stress exhibitions since 2011.
Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will provide an introduction to as well as an in-depth consideration of key examples of glass art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for glass art and its rich history of creation and exhibition in Venice, Italy, and beyond.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Patricia (Walnut Creek, US)
Excellent, as usual

Dr. Hirsh's seminars are always jam packed with information delivered in an organized fashion with genuine enthusiasm! This was a very, very interesting deep dive into Murano glass. Loved it!

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susan (Bradenton, US)

Excellent

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Janet (San Diego, US)
Crystal Clear Context Conversation

This is a packed 90 minutes but as usual with Dr. Jennie Hirsh, there's nothing I would want her to omit. Her quick history of glass-making in the ancient world was a great backdrop to the myriad of techniques and designs that she showed us from (relatively) modern times--mostly from Murano. I love glass art and have a new appreciation for the creativity and skill that goes into even simple-looking pieces (plus the "wow" of very complex-looking pieces). Dr. Hirsh embedded just enough video to illustrate important points that otherwise are hard to grasp. And somehow she finds time for Q/A. A very enjoyable Context Conversation!

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Karen (Salinas, US)

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Amy R. (El Paso, US)
Outstanding Presentation

I have taken over a dozen Context sessions (and a few in person tours prior to the pandemic) and Dr. Jennie Hirsh was one of the best. The actual slide presentation she spoke alongside was top notch and the information she provided was exceptional. Her connection to the group was intimate and friendly and on the topic - she was so knowledgeable. I will take another course from her I am sure.

Customer Reviews

Based on 42 reviews
88%
(37)
7%
(3)
2%
(1)
2%
(1)
0%
(0)
P
Patricia (Walnut Creek, US)
Excellent, as usual

Dr. Hirsh's seminars are always jam packed with information delivered in an organized fashion with genuine enthusiasm! This was a very, very interesting deep dive into Murano glass. Loved it!

s
susan (Bradenton, US)

Excellent

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Janet (San Diego, US)
Crystal Clear Context Conversation

This is a packed 90 minutes but as usual with Dr. Jennie Hirsh, there's nothing I would want her to omit. Her quick history of glass-making in the ancient world was a great backdrop to the myriad of techniques and designs that she showed us from (relatively) modern times--mostly from Murano. I love glass art and have a new appreciation for the creativity and skill that goes into even simple-looking pieces (plus the "wow" of very complex-looking pieces). Dr. Hirsh embedded just enough video to illustrate important points that otherwise are hard to grasp. And somehow she finds time for Q/A. A very enjoyable Context Conversation!

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Karen (Salinas, US)

Guest did not leave comment

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Amy R. (El Paso, US)
Outstanding Presentation

I have taken over a dozen Context sessions (and a few in person tours prior to the pandemic) and Dr. Jennie Hirsh was one of the best. The actual slide presentation she spoke alongside was top notch and the information she provided was exceptional. Her connection to the group was intimate and friendly and on the topic - she was so knowledgeable. I will take another course from her I am sure.