Three artists—Harvey Littleton, Marvin Lipofsky, and Dale Chihuly—were leaders in the development of glass as a fine art, a field which has grown tremendously in the past five decades. This exhibition, drawing from the museum’s collection and a Honolulu private collection, presents an outstanding example of the work of each artist.
In 1962, Littleton introduced techniques in working with glass at two experimental workshops at the Toledo Museum of Art. Later that year he established the first academic studio program in glass at the University of Wisconsin in Madison—his students included Lipofsky and Chihuly. Lipofsky went on to introduce glass into the curriculum of the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1967 he founded the glass program at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC, now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland. In 1971, Chihuly, who taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.
The exhibition also includes works by Jay Musler, a student of Lipofsky at CCAC, and Steven Weinberg, a student of Chihuly’s at RISD, now well-known artists in their own right.