Fired Up: Glass Today
September 16, 2022 – February 5, 2023
From studio glass to American flameworking, Fired Up presents a major showing of contemporary glass work created out of the artists’ desire to connect with their material and engage greater conversations surrounding community. Discover over 50 glassmakers who are pushing boundaries, forging new paths, and inspiring people in support of this art.
THE HOT SHOP AT THE WADSWORTH
September 16-18, 23-25, September 30-October 2, October 13 & 14
A temporary glass-working studio at the museum. Experience this magical artform live and get a firsthand look at the tools, techniques, and processes used in creating art from molten glass. Free with admission. Presented in partnership with Mobile Glassblowing Studios.
The Fired Up Mobile Tour is accessible from any location on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Explore over 60 stops to learn more about the artworks and the people and processes behind them.
Docent-guided tours take place Thursdays-Sundays at 2pm. Space is limited and reservations are required via thewadsworth.org/events. Face masks required and social distancing encouraged.
September 16–18 | The Hot Shop; Joseph Ivacic, Phil Vinson, Moshe Bursuker
September 23–25 | The Hot Shop; Caroline Landau, Jason McDonald
September 30 | Curator Talk with Brandy Culp
September 30–October 2 | The Hot Shop; Pearl Dick, Grace Whiteside (Due to a rainy forecast Saturday’s Hot Shop is canceled)
October 13 | The Hot Shop; Moshe Bursuker and Hartford Art School students
October 14 | The Hot Shop; Phil Vinson
October 14 | Conversation with an Artist: Amber Cowan
October 15 | Lawn Party: Glass Rodeo
October 19 | Public Lecture: Clearly Indigenous with Dr. Letitia Chambers
November 12 | Second Saturdays for Families: Glass Reflections
November 13 | Sunday Serenades: Fall Fantasies
November 18 | Curator Tour for Members
December 17 | Music in the Galleries: Vera Meyer and the Glass Harmonica
January 26 | Panel Discussion: The Art of Flameworking
FIRED UP FILM SERIES
ARTISTS OF FIRED UP
Dale Chihuly & James Carpenter
Wesley Fleming & Jupiter Nielsen
Kiva Ford & Jupiter Nielsen
Jonas Noël Niedermann
Kelly O’Dell & Raven Skyriver
Joe Peters & Peter Muller
Matteo Silverio & Stefano Bullo
Demetra Theofanous & Dean Bensen
Fired Up: Glass Today is organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and is made possible through the generous support of The Cheryl Chase and Stuart Bear Family Foundation, The Saunders Foundation, the Design and Decorative Arts Council, The David T. Langrock Foundation, Mobile Glassblowing Studios, LLC, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Simon Abrahms, Trinity College, the Edith Olcott van Gerbig Endowment Fund and the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation and the Wadsworth Atheneum Exhibition Fund supported by the estates of James Lyon, Karen Kelleher, and Susannah Shickman.
The exhibition has also been made possible through the sustained commitment of Simon Abrahms and Hank Martin. The Wadsworth gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Chesterfield Gallery, Habatat Detroit Fine Art, Heller Gallery, and Schantz Galleries, as well as all participating artists and exhibition designer Lee Weaver, for their generous assistance in bringing this project to fruition.