This Sunday Tacoma museums open exhibitions of the works of two major American artists, one of whom is a Tacoma native.
The work of Tacoma-born glass maestro Dale Chihuly (“Chihuly Drawings”) opens Sunday at the Museum of Glass, while the works of mid-century painter Georgia O’Keeffe (“Eloquent Objects”) open at Tacoma Art Museum. Both shows offer the chance to see major works, and at the Museum of Glass, visitors can enjoy opening-day events and performances.
“Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still Life Art In New Mexico” is a touring show making its only West Coast stop at TAM. It contains 22 O’Keeffe still-life paintings created from the 1920s to the 1950s and inspired by the bleakly beautiful landscapes and lush flowers of New Mexico. The show also includes 42 works by New Mexico contemporaries like Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley.
“It has been a decade since the Pacific Northwest has seen so many O’Keeffe paintings under one roof, and this is the first exhibition to focus on the role of the still life as a means for exploring New Mexico’s culture and diversity,” said TAM director Stephanie Stebich in a press release.
The show continues through June 7 accompanied by lectures, book signings and art workshops.
“Chihuly Drawings,” at the Museum of Glass, is a 35-year-survey of more than 180 works in graphite, charcoal and acrylic. The works showcase Chihuly’s signature splatter-paint and swift-stroke style; he began making drawings in the 1970s to show his glassblowing team what he wanted to create, and the format soon became a major part of his work.
The exhibit’s opening day Sunday includes a members’ brunch and docent tours in the morning, then a jazz concert at 11 a.m. followed by a Kids Design Glass story reading at 1 p.m. and the Young Ambassadors kids’ circus troupe at 2 p.m. There will be glass blowing in the Hot Shop all day as the museum’s crew transforms this month’s Kids Design Glass drawing into a sculpture.