FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dale Chihuly:  Los Angeles
November 21, 2004 through March 20, 2005
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 21, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Pepperdine University

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263
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Dale Chihuly, “Goldfrost and Clear with Amber Chandelier”, 2004, handblown glass.
Photo:  Jack Crane.

“My work to this day revolves around a simple set of circumstances: fire, molten glass, human breath, spontaneity, centrifugal force, and gravity.”
Dale Chihuly


The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University is pleased to present Chihuly: Los Angeles, a special exhibition by artist Dale Chihuly, from November 21, 2004, through March 20, 2005.

The exhibition will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays, and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. There is no admission charge.

The opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend, and no reservation is required.

Over the past three decades, Dale Chihuly has established himself as one of the world’s most dynamic and inventive contemporary artists. He has transformed the medium of glass into a major art form, producing dramatic works that range in scope from intimate vessels to monumental public sculptures. Overflowing with color and light, his vibrant blown glass sculptures elicit a sense of joy, awe, and wonder.

His installation at the Weisman Museum will fill the entire building and provide an overview of the many series of artworks he has developed over the years. Highlights include a 20-foot-tall glass Tower, a Chandelier, a cascading wall of Persians, and a Reed installation.

Chihuly created many of the artworks specifically for the Weisman Museum, and selected others to be reset into new compositions that respond to the museum’s architecture. These installations together become an environment that transforms the interior space of the museum and powerfully provides the viewer with an unforgettable experience.

The exhibition will also offer a view of the artist’s other signature forms. These will include examples of his Baskets, Seaforms, Piccolo Venetians, Macchia, and Ikebana. Additionally, a special installation of 28 drawings will reveal a different creative process, apart from Chihuly’s artworks in glass.

A video display will show continuous films of Chihuly at work, creating glass and installing his artwork around the world. Books, DVDs, and related material on Chihuly will be available in the Museum shop.

For further information on Dale Chihuly, visit <http://www.chihuly.com>.

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Chihuly: Los Angeles at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art is the first major exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s art in a Los Angeles museum.

Chihuly: Los Angeles is a citywide, three-venue celebration of Chihuly’s work. Concurrent exhibitions will also be held at L.A. Louver in Venice and Frank Lloyd Gallery in Santa Monica. Each location will offer a different aspect of the artist’s work:

Chihuly: Los Angeles at L.A. Louver will present large-scale artworks from the artist’s newest Fiori series, inspired by the artist’s recent work in glass houses and botanical gardens. November 19, 2004–January 15, 2005; opening reception: Friday, November 19, 6:00–8:00 p.m., no reservation required; 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, (310) 822-4955, <http://www.lalouver.com>.

Chihuly: Los Angeles at Frank Lloyd Gallery will present a focused selection of unique, small-scale series works for which the artist has earned renown, including Baskets, Macchia, and Seaforms. November 20, 2004–January 8, 2005; 2525 Michigan Ave., B5B, Santa Monica, CA, (310) 264-3866, <http://www.franklloyd.com>.

Chihuly: Los Angeles at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art has been generously funded by: Premier Sponsor—Bob and Jo Pond; Venetian Sponsor—The Stotsenberg Foundation; and Crystal Sponsors—Felice Foundation, and Anonymous.

Chihuly: Los Angeles at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art is organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in cooperation with Dale Chihuly.

OTHER KEY DATES
Family Art Day: Saturday, January 22, 2005, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Weisman Museum will be closed from December 23 through January 3

Works will be on view at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in the Gregg G. Juarez Gallery, Ron Wilson–Designer Gallery, and West Gallery.  Funding is provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.




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