GLASS Treasures from the Permanent Collection

July 7 through November 29, 2020

The Muskegon Museum of Art will present GLASS Treasures from the Permanent Collection, a spectacular and immersive glass experience, July 7 – November 29, 2020. The exhibition will transform the L.C. and Margaret Walker Galleries into a dynamic and vibrant display of translucent color (and sound!) with works from our incredible collection of vintage and modern glass and offer the very rare opportunity to experience the impressive entirety of the MMA’s fine art glass.

The Exhibition

Works by the artists that defined the studio glass movement, including Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, and Marvin Lipofsky will join works by today’s new masters. The exhibition will also highlight collections of vintage Tiffany and Steuben lamps and glasswork alongside pieces from the pioneering days of contemporary studio glass, to give guests an exciting glimpse into the technologies and interests that have shaped the glass movement.

Tiffany (American, 1848-1933) and Tiffany Studios
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Secundino R. Veiga. 1986.7, 1981.46, 1981.53, 1981.54

Dale Chihuly (American, b. 1941)
Cobalt Blue Persian Set with Cadmium Red Lip Wraps (detail)
Blown and shaped glass, 1992. Gift of the SPX Corporation. 2002.3a-n
Photo by Frederic Reinecke

Four decades of studio glass collecting and working with established artists allows us to share the changing nature of this special medium—one that captures the imagination unlike any other. Because of the size of our permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photography (along with our aggressive schedule of presenting 16-20 rotating exhibitions annually), we simply do not have space to display more than a few spectacular examples of glass at a time.

John Miller (American, born 1966)
Blown and assembled glass, 2020
Museum purchase, through the gift of the Margaret “Peggie” Stone Estate

Tuttle Family Legacy

This exhibition also celebrates the legacy of C. Corcoran “Corky” Tuttle and her husband Robert Tuttle, who introduced the museum to studio glass and helped guide our collecting. Without their knowledge and generosity (and continued dedication of their children), this collection of treasures would not have been possible.

Daniel Clayman (American, born 1957)
Clear Volume
Cast glass, assembled, 2010
Gift of the Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle Family in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Muskegon Museum of Art

Stephen Rolfe Powell (American, 1951-2019)
Lurid Gasp Johnson
Blown glass, 1999
Gift of Robert D. and C. Corcoran Tuttle
Photo by Marc Hoeksema

GLASS: Treasures from the Permanent Collection is the cornerstone of the Shaping the Future, Celebrating the Past exhibition project that devotes all the MMA galleries to presenting as much of our incredible permanent collection as possible.

GLASS Treasures is underwritten by DTE Energy Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Hines Corp., Nichols, Lorin, Northern Trust, Rehmann, Anonymous, and GLASS SHAPERS: Shirley Gossett, Don & Nancy Crandall, Tim & Anne Erickson, Floyd & Caron Farmer, Patricia Flynn, Steven & Caroline Mayberry, Garry & Charlotte Olson, Vance & Deborah Smith.