Norwood Viviano American, b. 1972 Global Cities, 2015. Blown glass and vinyl cut drawings. Collection of Heller Gallery, New York

Michigan Artist Series Norwood Viviano: Global Cities

November 19, 2015 – February 7, 2016

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Since the 19th century, artists have made the city and urban life a frequent subject of their work. A visual artist and educator with a deep interest in the social sciences, Norwood Viviano creates mixed media installations of sculpture, text, and graphic elements. Global Cities comprises a group of hand-blown glass sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, each of which represents an international city, such as Grand Rapids, Rome, or Beijing. The size and shape of these glass objects is determined by the city’s age and population growth. The information on display throughout the installation ties together various cultural, social, and economic factors that have shaped the history and life of these urban centers.

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by:

Steelcase Inc.

Porter Foundation

The Jury Foundation

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Additional funding is provided by the GRAM Annual Exhibition Fund supporters:

Jim and Mary Nelson