February 16, 2012 – October 2013
Organized by Museum of Glass in conjunction with University of Washington, Tacoma Interns
For over 30 years, Studio Glass pioneer Benjamin Moore has explored new heights of austerity, simplicity and minimalist perfection in his glass vessels. Translucent presents a selection of Moore’s masterpieces that simultaneously evoke aspects of historical tradition with the refinement of a unique contemporary aesthetic.
With an early background in ceramics, Washington native Benjamin Moore began to explore glass in the early 1970s, eventually working with Dale Chihuly at Pilchuck Glass School as well as Rhode Island School of Design. He continued his studies at the famed Venini Glass Factory in Murano, Italy, where he learned traditional Venetian decorative techniques. Throughout his career, Moore has focused primarily on three signature series, all blown while working on center: Interior Fold (1982), Exterior Fold (1983), and Palla (1983). Although previous incarnations of these series featured a variety of opaque and transparent colors, Translucent reveals an increasingly minimalist approach.
“In that my work has always been about clarity and simplicity, I would like to present a very simple and minimal exhibition that will showcase my career’s aesthetic: simplicity of form,” states Moore.
UWT interns worked with Museum staff to create interpretive materials for this exhibition, including a gallery guide, text panels and a media room.