Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass

Volume 14, Issue 22; 19 Jun 2011

Photographs don't do the Chihuly exhibit at the MFA justice. But they're all I've got.

The first Chihuly I ever saw was a chandelier in the lobby of the San Jose Museum of Art. Simply gorgeous. Years later, Deb and I saw The Nature of Glass at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

Last weekend, we went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to see Through the Looking Glass. It runs through 7 August 2011. If you're in the greater Boston area and there's still time, stop reading now and go. Just go. This page and the rest of the ’net will be waiting when you get back.

I won't reproduce the entire set from Flickr, but here are a few highlights.

The show opens with some large forms reminiscent (to me) of mushrooms or fungi.

Then there's the Ikebana Boat.

Followed by a short corridor of Venetian works.

The Northwest Room mixes Northwest Native American baskets and blankets with Chihuly basket forms.

Beyond the baskets is a riot of colors in Mille Fiori.

In Persian Ceiling, all of the glass is overhead. The forms are lying on a transparent ceiling with light streaming through them. It's mesmerizing.

The Chandeliers in the next room are fantastic.

And the last room is Neodymium Reeds on Logs, a particular shade of purple that he apparently invented/perfected.

The Lime Green Icicle Tower, like some of the chandeliers, also appeared in The Nature of Glass.

Spec. Tac. U. Lar!

Also seen around Boston, apparently George Washington was a Bruins fan.

He must have been delighted on 15 June.