Fuller Craft Museum announces Dan Dailey. Working Method

The Fuller Craft Museum presents Dan Dailey. Working Method an exhibition on view February 18, 2012 – September 3, 2012.

Dan Dailey, Jazz Jungle, 1995. Glass, Vitrolite, patinated gold-plated bronze. Collection of the artist.

Dan Dailey, the first graduate student of Dale Chihuly, has pursued his own unique voice in glass, from his singular work in antique Vitrolite sheet glass to complex constructions of blown glass and metal. This retrospective exhibition focuses on the various methods and techniques employed by the glass artist during his 40-year career.
Each of the works in the exhibition begins with an idea, a drawing, captured in the exhaustive archive of Dailey’s sketchbooks. Ideas are refined and developed through a series of drawings of increasing detail, leading to schematics and plans for the production of his complex assemblages. Then models and maquettes are built, before creating the piece and its many finishing steps—and finally culminating in the work of art.

By pairing each work with the very drawings and models used in planning and production, as well as images and video of Dailey and his team at work, this exhibition endeavors to pull back the curtain on the incredible choreography of technique and vision that make contemporary glass one of the most demanding, exciting, and unparalleled art forms today.

Dailey earned his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1971, going on to found the glass program at the Massachusetts College of Art in 1973.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass 50th Anniversary Celebration of the American studio glass movement.

Fuller Craft Museum, New England’s only museum of contemporary craft, is dedicated to the objects, ideas, and insight that inspire both patrons and artists to explore life through the art of contemporary craft. Fuller Craft Museum is located at 455 Oak St. in Brockton, Mass. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with free admission for all Wednesdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for members and children 12 and under. For more information on Fuller Craft exhibitions and events please visit www.fullercraft.org or call (508) 588-6000.

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