Dale Chihuly:

Magic & Light

Redesigned in collaboration with Chihuly Studio, the galleries incorporate a unique design that features a three-dimensional approach to viewing some objects in the collection. The presentation allows visitors to explore the large Float Boat and Ikebana Boat installations from all sides as well as includes viewing slots for the Reeds.

In 2002, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art inaugurated its new home in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center with an exhibition of glass and drawings by Dale Chihuly. Bolstered by enormous public support, the Museum purchased the exhibition, which included works from Chihuly’s best-known series and was anchored by the 55-foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum’s atrium.

ABOUT DALE CHIHULY

Dale Chihuly’s well-grounded academic and practical background includes a B.A. in interior design from the University of Washington, a M.S. in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.F.A in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and honorary doctorates from the University of Puget Sound and the Rhode Island School of Design. He also was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant for work in glass and studied at Italy’s prestigious Venini glass factory on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Chihuly’s work is included in over 200 museum collections, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and he has received world renown for his extensive glass series, international projects, and large architectural installations such as the Museum’s Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower. The Museum’s collection represents over three decades of Chihuly’s finest work and heralds this brilliant luminist as the most important artist working in glass since Louis Comfort Tiffany.

ABOUT OKCMOA’S COLLECTION

  • One of the largest collections of Chihuly glass in the world
  • Orignially titled Dale Chihuly: An Inaugural Exhibition (March 16–August 4, 2002), the collection was the inaugural exhibition in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center
  • The works in the exhibition were reinstalled on the Museum’s third floor, opening April 1, 2004, after 32 days of extensive set building and preparation
  • The Chihuly exhibition was purchased in June of 2004 and later re-titled Dale Chihuly: The Collection
  • The collection also includes later gifts to the Museum by Dale Chihuly

DALE CHIHULY GLASS

  • Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower, 2002
  • Waterford Crystal Chandelier, 2001
  • Tiger Lilies, 2002
  • Reeds, 2002
  • Seal Pups, 2002
  • Confetti Anemone Wall, 1999
  • Float Boat, 2002
  • Ikebana Boat, 2002
  • Persians
    • Autumn Gold Persian Wall, 2002
    • Twilight and Silver Persian Set, 2002
    • Oklahoma Persian Ceiling, 2002
    • Twilight and Aurora Persian Set, 2004
  • Macchia
    • Amazon Green Macchia with Yellow Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Carrot Orange Macchia with Yellow Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Yellow Macchia with Peacock Blue Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Cobalt Blue Macchia with Crimson Madder Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Lavender Macchia with Bonfire Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Spanish Red Macchia with Viridian Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Primrose Yellow Macchia with Pine Lip Wrap, 1999
    • Deep Amethyst Macchia with Strawberry Lip Wrap, 2001
    • Nile Blue Macchia with Celadon Green Lip Wrap, 1999
    • Burnt Sienna Macchia with Blue-Green Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Sunflower Macchia with Turquoise Lip Wrap, 2000
    • Brilliant Red Peacock Macchia with Rose Lip Wrap, 1999
    • Tomato Macchia with Pineapple Lip Wrap, 2002
    • Mirabelle Orange Macchia with Crimson Lip Wrap, 2002
    • Rose and Clover Pheasant Macchia Set, 2001
    • Sapphire Basket Set with Mandarin Red Lip Wraps, 2001
  • Baskets
    • Baronet Blue Basket Set with Iron Black Lip Wrap, 2001
    • Dreamy Blue Basket Set with Obsidian Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Naples Yellow Basket Set with Dark Oxblood Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Orange Madder Basket Set with Slate Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Chrome Orange Basket Set with Slate Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Flame Orange Basket Set with Slate Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Orpiment Orange Basket Set with Slate Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Luteus Orange Basket with Slate Black Lip Wrap, 2001
    • Mikado Orange Basket Set with Slate Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Navajo Orange Basket Set with Slate Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Chestnut Spotted Basket Set with Red Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Dark Orange and Red Basket Set, 2000
    • Light Tabac Basket Set with Deep Oxblood Lip Wraps, 2000
    • Dappled Lagoon Blue Basket Set, 1993
    • Pale Green Basket Set with Obsidian Lip Wraps, 2000
    • Naples Yellow Basket Set with Dark Oxblood Lip Wraps, 2001
  • Putti
    • Opalescent Penguin with Two Putti, 1999
    • Putti with Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, 1999
    • Opalescent Owl Perched upon Branch with True Green, 1999
    • Three Australian Magpies Resting in Tree, 1999
    • Putti Perched in Tree with Opalescent Kingfisher, 1999
    • Two Opalescent Putti in Tree with Lovely Fairy-Wrens, 1999
    • Two Putti with Opalescent Plum Headed Finch, 1999
    • Putti Frolicking in Branches Atop Speckled Carnelian Vessel, 1998. Gift of Dale and Leslie Chihuly in memory of Carolyn Hill
  • Cylinders
    • Jerusalem 2000 Cylinder, 2000
    • Jerusalem 2000 Cylinder, 2000
    • Jerusalem 2000 Cylinder, 2000
    • Jerusalem 2000 Cylinder, 2000
    • Jerusalem 2000 Cylinder, 2000
  • Ikebana
    • Carmine Red Ikebana with a Single Flower, 2002
    • Bronzed Turquoise Ikebana with Aqua and Yellow Flower, 2002
    • Mottled Ikebana with Scarlet Frog Foot Stem, 2002
    • Gold-leafed Indigo Ikebana with Lime Green Frog Foot Stem, 2002
    • Emerald Ikebana with Frog Foot Stem, 2002
  • Seaforms
    • Contemporary White Seaform Set with Night Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Ancestor White Seaform Set with Lava Black Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Daffodil Seaform Set with Carnival Red Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Garden Green Seaform Set with Cherry Lip Wraps, 2001
    • Sea Blue Seaform with Yellow Lip Wrap, 2001
    • The Jo Jackson White Seaform Set, 2001. Given to the Museum by Dale Chihuly, Leslie Jackson, and Jackson Chihuly in memory of Jo Morgan Jackson, 1927-2003
  • Drawings
    • Chandelier Quad Drawing, 2001
    • Chandelier Doppio Drawing, 2001
    • Chandelier Doppio Drawing, 2001
    • Float Quad Drawing, 2001
    • Ikebana Plexi Drawing, 1997
    • Nuutajarvi Drawing, 1995
    • Nuutajarvi Drawing, 1995
    • Chihuly Over Venice Drawing, 1995
    • Float Suite Drawing, 2007. Gift of Dale Chihuly in honor of the fifth year anniversary of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center, March 16, 2007
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