Since its inception, the Mint Museum has been supported and propelled forward by women, so it is quite fitting that this weekend they will celebrate their “Year of the Woman” with two female-centric exhibitions: Women of Abstract Expressionism and Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists from the Toledo Museum of Art.
Co-curated by the Mint and the Toledo Museum of art, this first American art museum exhibition about contemporary female glass artists will be on view exclusively at the Mint Museum Uptown from October 22, 2016 – February 26, 2017.
The studio glass movement that originated at the Toledo Museum of Art in the 1960s was dominated by men primarily because of the cost of running a studio. However, today the studio glass scene looks very different; here and abroad, women are among the most innovative glass artists.
Fired Up presents over forty glass sculptures from Toledo’s renowned Glass Pavilion as well as recent acquisitions on view here for the first time. The Mint’s glass collection contains few works by women, so this exhibition aims to fill a gap in glass education and hopefully inspire the collecting of works by women. Artists on view include: Emily Brock, Lee Bul, Lisa Lou, Karen Lamonte, Silvia Levenson, Maya Lin, Laura de Santillana, Sibylle Peretti, Sylvie Vandenhoucke, and April Surgent.
The Museum opens these exhibitions with an invite-only party on Friday, October 21. On Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, the Museum hosts a free community weekendwith gratis admission to both campuses.
Click through the gallery below to view a selection of works on view.