Celebrating the International Year of Glass in 2022 with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Celebrating the International Year of Glass in 2022 with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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In May 2021, the United Nations declared 2022 the International Year of Glass. In recognition of this, Dr. Jennie Hirsh has designed a second seminar on the art of glassmaking designed to be enjoyed either as a stand-alone experience or as a follow up to her earlier Context Conversation Glass Art: From Murano to Dale Chihuly.

During our time together, Dr. Hirsh takes a deeper look at several innovative glassmakers at work today on Murano, focusing on the creativity of Igor Balbi, Luccio Babacco, Davide Salvadore, and Lino Tagliapietra. Highlights will include Italo Balbi’s breathtakingly delicate goblets and Luccio Bubacco’s antique-inspired figures as well as Davide Salvadore’s musical instruments and Lino Tagliapietra’s trademark designs, like his so-called “Saturn” pieces inspired by planetary forms. Marina and Susanna Sent, briefly mentioned in Dr. Hirsh’s first lecture, will return along with other contemporary jewelry artists connected with Murano Island, including American ex-pat Leslie Genninger, creator of beautiful beaded necklaces, and more, who has lived and worked in Venice since the late 1980s. 

In addition to surveying works and techniques by these four artists, we will also consider the ways in which the legacy of Venetian glassblowing was brought to the United States at the Pilchuck Glass School. We will focus primarily on the works of  Tagliapietra, who finally retired from his studio practice after his 87th birthday. Finally, this seminar will feature an interactive discussion dedicated to where and what to buy in today's art markets–across Italian cities as well as American galleries–keeping in mind different budgets and aesthetic goals.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this Conversation will survey the work of some of the most interesting glass artists practicing today. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of some of the most important glass artists working in Murano today.

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

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D. (Germantown, US)

Wonderful talk- well organized, good flow with highly knowledgeable presenter who conveyed her passion for this subject. Thoroughly worthwhile from start to finish.

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N.M. (Palm Springs, US)
Seeing it a second time was even better

i have taken many Jennie Hirsh courses. I've even taken this one 2 times. I love her insight and her ability to grasp the best of the best in our allotted time. i also love the ability to chat with other viewers as we go.

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B.C. (Fairfield, US)
Fabulous seminar

Highly recommend this session highlighting some of the artists working in Venice and their techniques and collections. Presentation put together with thought and delivered well, a nice mix of slides and videos to support the lecture.

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L. (Springfield, US)
Wonderful seminar

I also attended Jennie’s previous seminar on glass and was so excited to attend this one. Jennie’s seminar did not disappoint! It was informative and just wonderful. Her narrative and photos were just wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much!

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N.P. (Longmeadow, US)
A marvellous class

Todays class with Jennie was outstanding! It was very interesting to learn about all of these glass artists and their work was so unique and gorgeous!
Jennie presentation was so well researched and very educational. She’s a great teacher and I look forward to taking other classes with her. At age 75, it is refreshing to continue exploring and learning.

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D. (Germantown, US)

Wonderful talk- well organized, good flow with highly knowledgeable presenter who conveyed her passion for this subject. Thoroughly worthwhile from start to finish.

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N.M. (Palm Springs, US)
Seeing it a second time was even better

i have taken many Jennie Hirsh courses. I've even taken this one 2 times. I love her insight and her ability to grasp the best of the best in our allotted time. i also love the ability to chat with other viewers as we go.

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B.C. (Fairfield, US)
Fabulous seminar

Highly recommend this session highlighting some of the artists working in Venice and their techniques and collections. Presentation put together with thought and delivered well, a nice mix of slides and videos to support the lecture.

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L. (Springfield, US)
Wonderful seminar

I also attended Jennie’s previous seminar on glass and was so excited to attend this one. Jennie’s seminar did not disappoint! It was informative and just wonderful. Her narrative and photos were just wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much!

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N.P. (Longmeadow, US)
A marvellous class

Todays class with Jennie was outstanding! It was very interesting to learn about all of these glass artists and their work was so unique and gorgeous!
Jennie presentation was so well researched and very educational. She’s a great teacher and I look forward to taking other classes with her. At age 75, it is refreshing to continue exploring and learning.