John Kiley, Halo, 2018. H. 48.3 cm. Photo: Ben VanHouten
Coordinated by the Fondazione Cini Glass Study Centre, this international conference is to be held in concomitance with the spring exhibition Venice and American Studio Glass, organised by Le Stanze del Vetro. The conference will explore, for the first time in Italy, the background to the American Studio Glass movement, founded in the United States in the 1960s, which saw glass progressively become a revitalised medium and means of expression for the creativity of American artists.
In fact, in the mid-20th century, the laboratories of the Toledo Museum of Art developed a growing interest in glass blowing techniques. A key factor in this new development was the
powerful influence that traditional Venetian techniques, and therefore Murano aesthetics, exercised on the study and unexpected evolution of glass in contemporary art. It was this context that then led to a significant path of technical and cultural knowledge being taken to free glass production from industrial processes and to foster experimental innovation, encouraging the use of much livelier artistic languages. The great impact of Venetian glassmaking was due to its use by illustrious masters, such as Dale Chihuly, Benjamin Moore, Paul Marioni, William Morris and Lino Tagliapietra, who steered experimental developments towards non-tradition- al paths, radically in uencing artists and designers of the new generation.
Thanks to the presence of internationally renowned experts, such as Tina Oldknow, William Warmus and the artist Kim Harty, the conference will examine the diverse dynamics and variants that this singular “love relationship” with Venetian glass set in motion through its growing diffusion in the United States and rest of the world.