Looking (at•into•through) Glass

Jan 25, 2020 — Oct 4, 2020

Looking (at•into•through) Glass has been organized to complement the museum’s current exhibition of contemporary glass art, A New State of Matter.

The art and design objects assembled in this exhibition, all from GRAM’s permanent collection, demonstrate the material diversity of glass, with variable and unique physical characteristics one can look at, into, and through. In addition to creating objects from glass, artists are also drawn to glass as a subject of their work. 

Glass provides numerous formal and conceptual possibilities for realist painters, who embrace the challenge of capturing the interactions of light with glass and the resultant reflections and optical distortions. Photographers use the glass lens of a camera to create their own realities, sometimes far removed from how the human eye views the world. Designers and artisans are drawn to glass’s chameleon-like ability to assume a variety of textures, colors and treatments, and for its capacity to be transparent, translucent, or opaque.