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BETWEEN SEEING AND KNOWING

OCTOBER 8, 2022-FEBRUARY 5, 2023

Comprised of hundreds of objects fabricated using multiple glass processes, Between Seeing and Knowing is a large-scale, site-specific installation by artists Anna Boothe and Nancy Cohen. Created as part of a Collaborative Residency that took place at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass in 2012, the artwork has been exhibited at Accola Griefen Gallery, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Philadelphia’s International Airport. The installation will be presented at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass from October 8, 2022 – February 5, 2023. 

At its core, Between Seeing and Knowing is the result of both artists’ long-standing interest in and in-depth study of Tibetan Buddhist thangka paintings and the integration of their otherwise very separate studio practices. Thangkas are ordered cosmological paintings, often scrolls, created for the purpose of meditation and composed of numerous visual elements. This installation reinterprets the symbolism in the paintings to create new work that reflects the organizational structure and palette of the paintings, as well as the sense of expansiveness and lack of hard resolution characteristic of Buddhist ideology. 

Overall, through this collaboration, its subject matter, and our chosen methodology, we seek to understand, both visually and viscerally, another cultural perspective or expression unlike our own, through our dissection and re-assemblage of elements unique to that culture. Just as collaboration brings forth the opportunity for a deep exchange of ideas and the development of sympathetic approaches to doing what one does, pragmatically and metaphorically, this is our attempt at bridging gaps between cultural approaches to explain the unexplainable.

 – Anna Boothe and Nancy Cohen
 

ANNA BOOTHE:

With degrees in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and glass from Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Anna Boothe has worked with glass since 1980. Included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, Racine Art Museum and Tacoma Museum of Art, her cast glass work has been exhibited widely, including recently at the Albuquerque Art Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and the Hotel Nani Mocenigo Palace in Venice, as well as at several villas in Italy’s Veneto Region.
Boothe taught in Tyler’s glass program for 16 years, helped develop and chaired Salem Community College’s (NJ) glass art program and has exhibited and/or lectured internationally in Australia, Belgium, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey, as well as at numerous US universities and glass-focused schools. She served on the Board and as President of the Glass Art Society from 1998-2006 and is a former Director of Glass at Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum.    
 

NANCY COHEN:

With an MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University and a BFA in Ceramics from Rochester Institute of Technology, Nancy Cohen has been working with glass (among other materials) since 1990. Her work examines resiliency in relation to the environment and the human body. Cohen’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and is represented in collections, such as The Montclair Museum, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, and The Zimmerli Museum. She has completed large-scale, site-specific projects for The Staten Island Botanical Garden, The Noyes Museum of Art, The Katonah Museum, Howard University and others.
 
Recent solo exhibitions include Walking a Line at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Chelsea, NY and Nancy Cohen: Atlas of Impermanence at the Visual Arts Center in Summit, NJ. Group exhibitions include All We Can Save: Climate Conversations at the Nurture Nature Center in Easton, PA, and ReVision and Respond at The Newark Museum. Cohen is a 2022 recipient of a Mid-Atlantic Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts. She currently teaches drawing and sculpture at Queens College.

Meditation Sessions

“Between Seeing and Knowing takes as a starting point the artists’ long-standing interest in and in-depth study of Tibetan Buddhist thangka paintings,” which contain numerous symbols and pictures but flow together into one whole experience – a reflection of our inter-connectedness.

In connection with the exhibit, there will be a 25-40 minute meditation period offered on Thursdays by Zen River Sangha. No experience is needed. Chairs and cushions will be provided. For those new to meditation, there will be an optional introduction to meditation at the beginning of each session.
 
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Turn off cell phones. Experience the quietness of just being in the flow of art and life.
 
Dates:
Thursday evenings from 6-7pm
October 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17 
* Holiday Break *

 January 5, 12, 19, 26

Schedule:

6:00-6:15 – Meditation instruction or Meditation
6:15-6:40 – Silent Meditation
6:40-6:45 – Break
6:45-7:00 – Q&A
 
Free for All. Donations and registration requested.

New to Us: Recent Acquisitions

March 26 – December 4, 2022

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is excited to announce an exhibition of new acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection. On from March 26th thru December 4th in the Museum’s Blue Gallery, this exhibition will highlight work by artists such as Howard Ben Tré, Kari Russell-Pool, Rick Ayotte, Lisabeth Sterling, Stephen Hodder, Audrey Handler, Richard Ritter, Klaus Moje, Marvin Lipofsky, Barry Sautner and Eric Hilton. This exhibition continues the museum’s tradition of celebrating the philanthropy of our generous donors. Through these gifts, we are able to continue engaging and educating our audiences about the exciting world of glass art.

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Stephen Hodder (American, b.1951) Pictures of the Same Place #97, 1983 Gift of W. Stephen Hodder GL 2021.8.295

VESSELS FROM THE VAULT

June 4 – December 31, 2022

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is home to more than 5,000 examples of glass art, most of which are organized into one of four collections categories:  paperweights, Germanic glass, Victorian glass, and contemporary studio glass. The vessels on exhibit in the Mabel R. McClanahan Memorial Study Gallery represent collections outside of the museum’s general scope and include works from designers such as Tiffany Studios (Queens, New York), Steuben (Corning, New York), Lalique (Paris, France), and Daum (Nancy, France).

These artworks most greatly differ from antique art glass in that they were generally hand-made in smaller quantities and without the use of molds, though some exceptions exist, such as the Lalique Ceylon vase. In fact, numerous qualities associated with art glass can be found in the baskets created during the late Victorian period (1870-1901), such as the wide color palette and opulent adornments. The innovations made during this era had a profound influence on glassmaking during the early 20th Century.

Many of the vessels included in this exhibition were created in the Art Nouveau style (1890-1910) and feature undulating, colorful forms created by applying metal oxides to the artwork while in the furnace. The iridescent Favrile glass developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany represents one particularly noteworthy innovation of the period, wherein the final color was not only a part of the surface, but embedded within the structure of the glass, itself. Other exhibited examples are more resplendent of the Art Deco period (1918-1939), in vogue during the time between the first and second World Wars. Art Deco glass is frequently characterized by bold colors, faunal motifs and geometric patterns such as the blue acid-etched vessel created by Daum Studios, the Acacia vase from Lalique, and the Stamford Vase designed by Frederick Carder (1863-1963) for Steuben.

2023 Fox Valley Area High School Glass Exhibition

February 24th – April 8, 2023

As a center for extraordinary glass experiences, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass offers unique discoveries to ignite creativity, spark fun, and cultivate learning for all. We are pleased to exhibit glass art made by area high school students in this, the 2023 Fox Valley Area High School Glass Exhibition. After creating glass art in the classroom, and in the museum glass studio, students have the opportunity to share their work in this public setting. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass strives to expose the community to the versatility of glass while encouraging the creativity of talented young artists in the area with this annual exhibit. The 2023 Fox Valley Area High School Glass Exhibition and Glass Experience Days are supported in part by Chilton Area Community Foundation Fund within the Chilton Area Community Foundation and the Lilian Noble Memorial Fund.

Under the Sea: Marine Life in Glass

December 16th, 2022 – June 4th, 2023

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is home to many beautiful glass treasures, including paperweights, sculpture, and Germanic drinking vessels. On from December 13th through June 4th in the Museum’s Blue Gallery, Under The Sea: Marine Life in Glass, showcases fourteen works of art in which artists have found their muse in the flora and fauna of the world’s oceans. Works featuring fish, kelp, turtles, and water-loving birds by artists including Janet Kelman, Colin Richardson, Josh Simpson, Rick Ayotte, and factories such as Caithness and Perthshire will be on exhibit.

Antique French Paperweights

January 6th – July 23rd, 2023

Did you know that the first paperweight Evangeline Bergstrom collected was an antique Baccarat from 1847? It was by chance that she found herself in an antiques show in Florida while satisfying her interest in stamp collecting. The paperweight reminded her of a weight that belonged to her grandmother more than fifty years prior. In fact, Mrs. Bergstrom didn’t start collecting paperweights until she was 63 years old! In this exhibition located in the Mabel R. McClanahan Memorial Study Gallery, take a journey into the past and examine antique French paperweights that Mrs. Bergstrom – or her contemporaries – would have collected. Learn about characteristic hallmarks of lampwork, millefiori and sulphide paperweights from the big three factories of St. Louis, Clichy and Baccarat as well as Pantin and St. Mande. Who knows what exciting discoveries you will make?