New Mexico Museum of Art

Chromatic Fusion and Emerge - Two Glass Shows Opening

September 20, 2012


The New Mexico Museum of Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of the American studio glass movement with two companion exhibitions.

The New Mexico Museum of Art announces two concurrent exhibitions of glass art to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the American studio glass movement in 2012. The exhibitions—Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje and Emerge 2012: A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-glass—include both emerging and established artists working in kilnformed glass. Artists from around the globe are highlighted in these two exhibitions that open to the public on Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:30-7:30 pm, with a reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. Both shows will be on view through January 6, 2013.

“Museums and galleries around the country are marking the golden anniversary of American studio glass through exhibitions and programs that celebrate the vitality of this popular medium. The New Mexico Museum of Art has chosen to focus its programming on a different aspect of contemporary glass than the glassblowing studio practices of the  early decades. These two companion exhibitions examine the process of kilnforming, which is a practice that is witnessing great strides in terms of innovative use of materials today,” notes Curator of Contemporary Art Laura Addison. “Like the history of glass art itself, these two concurrent exhibitions go beyond the borders of the United States to emphasize the international impact of glass. To celebrate contemporary glass in this country, one has to appreciate the mutual influence that occurs among artists inside and outside of this country.”


Chromatic Fusion: The Art of Fused Glass, featuring Klaus Moje explores the various technical, thematic, and visual approaches to kilnformed glass by artists working around the globe. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Klaus Moje’s large-scale, multipanel work The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry (2007). A tour de force work by this German-born artist who helped build the renowned glass program at the Canberra School of Art in Australia, The Portland Panels consist of four 6-foot panels and over 22,000 pieces of glass fused together. Other artists in the exhibition likewise demonstrate their mastery of glass through myriad techniques such as murrini, pate de verre, slumping, engraving, and fusible film. These artists include Kate Baker, Giles Bettison, Cobi Cockburn, Mel George, Deborah Horrell, Steve Klein, Jessica Loughlin, Richard Marquis, Catharine Newell, April Surgent, Joanne Teasdale, Carmen Vetter, Yoko Yagi, and Toots Zynsky.




In partnership with Bullseye Glass, the New Mexico Museum of Art will host Emerge 2012: A Showcase of Rising Talents in Kiln-glass, the seventh biennial juried show of early-career artists working in kilnformed glass. This international competition, sponsored and organized by Bullseye Glass, highlights emerging talents and innovative approaches within this field. Emerge 2012 includes the competition’s award-winners and three Juror’s Choice selections. The artworks were selected by three jurors: artists Silvia Levenson and Klaus Moje and New Mexico Museum of Art curator Laura Addison.

The works are thematically and functionally diverse, but share a mastery of materials. French artist Émilie Haman’s Once Upon a Time, which won the Gold Award in the competition, is an exquisitely executed kilncast-glass pig’s hoof with satin laces that is inspired by the often grotesque narrative twists in fairy tales. Japanese-born artist Sayaki Suzuki’s hyperrealistic kilncast-glass feast of Harvest Day, which won the Kilncaster Award, tricks the eye into believing the skins of the onion and the kernels of corn are real, and make you anticipate the crunch of a baguette. The water lily-shaped shallowbowls by Spaniards Ester Luesma and Xavier Vega were awarded the Design Award for their creative approach to glass functional ware for restaurants that parallels the innovative approach of master chefs to their own “medium.”

The artists selected are: Miri Admoni (Israel), Karen Bexfield (United States), Cortney Boyd (United States), Victoria Calabro (United States), Émilie Haman (France), Elizabeth Fortunato (United States), Ester Luesma and Xavier Vega (Spain), Karen Mahardy (United States), Sayaka Suzuki (United States) and Amy Westover (United States).

A full-color catalog of Emerge 2012 is available.


About Bullseye Glass

Based in Portland, Oregon, with resource centers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Emeryville, California, Bullseye Glass is a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture with a strong commitment to research, education, and promoting glass art. For more than thirty-five years, Bullseye Glass has collaborated with a community of artists worldwide and has been instrumental in developing many of the fundamental materials and methods at the core of contemporary kiln-glass.


About the New Mexico Museum of Art

The New Mexico Museum of Art was founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. Housed in a spectacular Pueblo Revival building designed by I. H. and William M. Rapp, it was based on their New Mexico building at the Panama-California Exposition (1915). The museum's architecture inaugurated what has come to be known as "Santa Fe Style." For nearly 100 years, the Museum has celebrated the diversity of the visual arts and the legacy of New Mexico as a cultural crossroads by collecting and exhibiting work by leading artists from New Mexico and elsewhere. This tradition continues today with a wide array of exhibitions with work from the world’s leading artists. The New Mexico Museum of Art brings the art of New Mexico to the world and the art of the world to New Mexico.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Information for the Public 

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Related Photos

The Portland Panels: Choreographed Geometry, 1 of 4 panels
Once upon a time….
Not a Family Man
Yellow Frame, 2011 / Yellow Frame 2, 2011 Yellow Frame 3, 2011
Tell Me Your Sorrows
Oropendola Clara
The Four Elements Brooch
Triangular Court

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