Fire, gravity and spontaneity are what draw Dale Chihuly to working with glass and the mesmerizing results are what draw observers to his work. From his smallest glass sculptures to his enormous outdoor installations, the play of color, light, and whimsy are enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Join contemporary art expert, William Warmus, as he shares the story of Chihuly, his glass, and the works that have entered the Museum’s permanent collection through a gift from Diana and Peter Jannetta.
William Warmus is an independent curator, historian, and appraiser, specializing in modern glass, abstract art, and the aesthetics of the natural environment. Warmus became the curator of modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 1978, and curated three landmark exhibitions: New Glass, which was also shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Louvre; Tiffany’s Tiffany, which focused on the masterpieces Tiffany had in his home and studios; and the first major exhibition in North America of Emile Gallé’s work. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Essential Dale Chihuly, (2000), Chihuly Over Venice (1996 with Dana Self), Fire and Form: The Art of Contemporary Glass (2003) as well as biographies of Rene Lalique, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Frantisek Vizner, and has written over 100 essays for magazines and exhibition catalogs. Warmus was the editor of Glass Magazine, faculty member and visiting artist at the Pilchuck School of Glass (co-founded by Dale Chihuly), and executive secretary of the Glass Art Society. He is the recipient of the AACG award for outstanding contributions to contemporary glass.