July 04--NEW BRITAIN -- A vibrant world of glass art is on display this summer, and it's only a short drive away.
"Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations" unveils the fragile and vivid world of contemporary glass at the New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., in the McKernan Gallery for changing exhibitions.
The group show, which celebrates glass as medium and subject matter for contemporary art in sculpture, installation, video and even painting, is the second chapter of the museum's 2008 exhibition dedicated to the Studio Glass Movement in the U.S. and Europe.
The exhibition, which continues through Sept. 21, brings together more than 80 works by 66 international artists, from seasoned masters such as Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra to the newest talent in the field.
The goal of the exhibition, say curators, is "to demonstrate the seemingly boundless ways in which artists are continuing to shatter all such expectations by manipulating the properties and potentialities of the medium."
The museum also has commissioned a major, site-specific installation by Beth Lipman inspired by Thomas Hart Benton mural series "The Arts of Life in America." Borrowing objects depicted in the murals, Lipman creates a monumental three-dimensional still-life sculpture from clear glass as a meditation on the good fortunes of wealth and prosperity as well as the misfortunes that ensue from their abuse.
The museum is open Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free from 10 a.m. to noon); noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Admission is free to members and $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and free to children under 12. More at nbmaa.org or 860-229-0257.
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