Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts announces Psychedelic Mania. Stephen Rolfe Powell’s Dance with Glass

. February 3, 2012 . 0 Comments

Ther Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts presents Psychedelic Mania. Stephen Rolfe Powell’s Dance with Glass an exhibition on view October 6, 2012 to January 5, 2013.


Stephen Rolfe Powell, Glancing Manic Lurch, 2005; blown glass

The work of Alabama-native Stephen Rolfe Powell, an internationally recognized master glass artist, will be highlighted in a retrospective exhibition organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts as a part of the national celebration of the fiftieth-anniversary of the American Studio Glass movement.

Powell’s work employs a traditional Italian murrine technique, incorporating thousands of tiny beads of vibrant color that he blows and stretches into suggestive, anthropomorphic shapes. His inventive handling of blowing, swinging and torching the molten glass, combined with tongue-in-cheek titles, offer a fresh departure from conventional glass vessels.

With 45 works by Powell, all compiled from his personal reserve collection, the exhibition focuses on Powell’s oversized blown glass vessels and asymmetrical sculptures. Primarily drawn from his Teasers, Whacko and Screamer series, made between 1988 and 2011, the exhibition also includes the early ceramic works and glass prototypes that convey Powell’s artistic development.

The mission of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art of the highest quality for the enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of its public.

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Montgomery, Alabama 36117
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