CHIHULY Spring 2017 Experience: The New York Botanical Garden

Dale Chihuly, "Sapphire Star," 2016

By Andrea K. Hammer

Is your idea of heaven exploring one of the country’s outstanding gardens? Is your sense of Nirvana combining this experience with the work of a gifted artist? Then, start the countdown for spring 2017, when the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).

In the first major exhibit in New York for 10 years, the artist will show his massive installations and drawings in CHIHULY. On select evenings, the glass sculptures throughout the garden will be dramatically illuminated. The exhibition will run from April 22 through October 29, 2017.

New Chihuly Installations Throughout NYBG

The expansive views of NYBG through changing seasons will showcase Chihuly’s colorful artworks  with organic forms. New hand-blown glass sculptures, created specifically for NYBG, will complement the architecture of the garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Other sites for the artist’s creations throughout NYBG’s 250-acre National Historic Landmark landscape include:

  • Conservatory Courtyard pools
  • Lillian and Amy Goldman Fountain of Life
  • Leon Levy Visitor Center
  • Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum
  • Native Plant Garden

Chihuly Drawings in the Art Gallery

In the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Art Gallery, visitors can explore an exhibition of Dale Chihuly‘s drawings. These sketches reveal the dynamic energy informing his artistic process. In addition, educational materials and study guides will help visitors learn more about the artist.

Chihuly Nights and Programming for All Ages

During “Chihuly Nights,” NYBG will become a natural stage for the artist’s illuminated sculptures. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy:

  • Live performance art
  • Open-air concerts
  • Themed nights and cocktails
  • Unique shopping
  • Extended hours on select evenings

In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, young visitors will discover the connections among art, science and nature. Trained teen “explainers” will guide some of these experiences. Using Chihuly’s sculptures as references, children will learn about form, color and light in the garden. Daily programs will offer the chance to create nature-inspired art.

About Dale Chihuly

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he worked at the Venini glass factory in Venice. He observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.

Chihuly is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces and exhibitions presented in more than 250 museums and gardens worldwide. These include:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Smithsonian American Museum
  • Corning Museum of Glass

Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96); Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999); Garden Cycle (2001-present); de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012); and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012.

For more information about Dale Chihuly, visit Visit NYBG for additional details about this exhibit, mobile guides and tickets.

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Andrea K. Hammer, founder and director of Artsphoria Magazine & Shop, is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer. She has published articles in international publications. Through this expanded edition of Artsphoria, she invites fellow artists, writers, innovators and creative thinkers to join our conversation!

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