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.

Eager to learn more about Glass Art with Dr. Hirsh? We invite you to explore her upcoming seminar, Celebrating the International Year of Glass in 2022.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 61 reviews
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B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

How wonderful to see Murano glass created through its history. Plus having images of Venice interspersed in the program was terrific. Won't ever forget that Venice is shaped like a fist.

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S.N. (Kingsville, US)
A Great First Time

This was my first Context viewing. Loved it. Dr. Hirsh is very knowledgeable while making you feel you want to travel with her. The information given was wide ranging but easy to understand. Excellent! I learned a lot.

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B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

loved see all the styles of Murano glass along with some scenes from both Venice and Murano

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Anonymous (Seattle, US)
Fun and informative!

Dr. Hirsh is thorough and explains so many different techniques. You can tell she is passionate about the arts and culture of Venice and wants you to get to experience it to the fullest.

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Sue Coggins (Myrtle Beach, US)
Mirano glass

Excellent presentation by Dr. Jennie. She covered so much and made it all come alive. Even if I never make it back to Murano, I learned so much about the history, the glass, the techniques, etc. that I am satisfied.

Customer Reviews

Based on 61 reviews
85%
(52)
10%
(6)
3%
(2)
2%
(1)
0%
(0)
B
B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

How wonderful to see Murano glass created through its history. Plus having images of Venice interspersed in the program was terrific. Won't ever forget that Venice is shaped like a fist.

S
S.N. (Kingsville, US)
A Great First Time

This was my first Context viewing. Loved it. Dr. Hirsh is very knowledgeable while making you feel you want to travel with her. The information given was wide ranging but easy to understand. Excellent! I learned a lot.

B
B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

loved see all the styles of Murano glass along with some scenes from both Venice and Murano

A
Anonymous (Seattle, US)
Fun and informative!

Dr. Hirsh is thorough and explains so many different techniques. You can tell she is passionate about the arts and culture of Venice and wants you to get to experience it to the fullest.

S
Sue Coggins (Myrtle Beach, US)
Mirano glass

Excellent presentation by Dr. Jennie. She covered so much and made it all come alive. Even if I never make it back to Murano, I learned so much about the history, the glass, the techniques, etc. that I am satisfied.