Chihuly at RISD: From D*S Guest Blog

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the “Just for the Press’ pre-opening of the Chihuly at RISD exhibit that is opening on September 27th at the new RISD Chace Center. It was pretty spectacular because Dale Chihuly himself gave us a tour of his exhibition! It was fascinating to hear him talk about the process of creating his large-scale glass instillations. I could tell he was a true artist by his paint-splattered shoes (see photo below)! He told us that after buying several ‘dress’ shoes and then inevitably splattering them in paint, he decided to just give up and go with the flow! I thought that was a cute little anecdote.

Chihuly is a RISD alum, having studied and taught at RISD, so it was a bit of a homecoming for him to be the debut exhibit at RISD’s newest addition to their ever-growing campus. If you are in the Providence area, or anywhere within driving distance, I think this exhibit is very worthy of the trip! My favorite piece was the glass ceiling that had around 500 smaller colored glass pieces scattered on top of it, so that when you looked up, you felt like you were in some trippy dream world! The chandeliers were pretty amazing as well…
Chihuly at RISD will run from September 27, 2008- January 4, 2009. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets!

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