LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition at National Liberty Museum

Banner-for-website-listingTransparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibit
June 2 – August 6
Opening Reception on Friday, June 9

For more than 40 years, LGBTQ+ identifying people have gathered in the month of June to commemorate their struggles, celebrate their identities, and advocate for their communities.  What we now call “LGBT Pride Monthor simply “Pride” is a worldwide phenomenon that reminds us that the freedom to live our truth is necessary for a liberated society.

Derealization by Joshua Hershman

Derealization by Joshua Hershman

Philadelphia’s National Liberty Museum hosts the nation’s first museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBTQ+ community. This is a celebration of identity and freedom that will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these glass artists.Titled “Transparency” the exhibit is a celebration of identity and freedom that will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these glass artists. 

We Rose Up By Tim Tate

We Rose Up By Tim Tate

Transparency” will feature works by Nancy Callan, Joseph Cavalieri, Pearl Dick, Sarah Gilbert, Kim Harty, Joshua Hershman, Eric Hess, Niki Hildebrand, Carmichael Jones, Drew Mattei, Amanda Nardone, Ronnie Phillips, Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles, Brandon Robinson, Joe Sircoulomb, Tim Tate, Wes Valdez, Jeff Zimmer, and Walter Zimmerman.

 

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Put That In Your Pipe and Smoke It! National Liberty Museum Exhibits “Underground” World of Functional Glass Pipes

 

"The Blue Light" by neon glass artist Eve Hoyt .

“The Blue Light” by neon glass artist Eve Hoyt .

Glass smoking pipes get the high art treatment at a new exhibit that opened at the National Liberty Museum (NLM) in Philadelphia, PA.

"Freija," a glass pipe sculpture by glass artists Banjo and Snic Barnes (who is based out of Philadelphia) with assistance from Tyson Peltzer and Tristan Hodges, will be on display at the National Liberty Museum's "The Treachery of Images" exhibit.

“Freija,” a glass pipe sculpture by glass artists Banjo and Snic Barnes with assistance from Tyson Peltzer and Tristan Hodges, will be on display at the NLM’s “The Treachery of Images” exhibit.

Titled “The Treachery of Images,” the exhibit, which runs through May 7, features glass hand pipes and water pipes from more than 20 prominent pipe-makers and other glass artists. Work on display at the exhibit will also be available for purchase.

The exhibit takes its name from a 1929 painting of the same name by surrealist artist René Magritte. Featuring an image of a pipe underlined with the phrase “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (or “This is not a pipe”), the painting challenges viewers to question their interpretations of reality by pointing out that the painting is not a pipe, but a representation of a pipe.

The NLM’s “Treachery” exhibit will operate on a similar principle, placing the often-maligned functional glass subculture in the type of space usually reserved for the mainstream art world, which historically has marginalized pipe-makers due to their art’s association with smoking marijuana. In that way, the exhibit seems to ask viewers to consider that the pipes at NLM aren’t pipes, either — or at least not just pipes, but also works of art.

Exhibit runs through May 7, National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106, www.libertymuseum.org.