Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Queer Glass Exhibit!

We went to the National Liberty Museum to see the nation's first glass exhibit by members of the LGBTQ+ community, which was a unique experience.  The complete serendipity was visiting the National Liberty Museum itself!  It is a gem of a museum, and a wonderful place to bring children and grandchildren.  

The NLM has had a specialty in glass for a long time, totally apart from the Transparency exhibit.  

"Flame of Liberty", by Dale Chihuly dominates a ground floor room, and reaches into the floor above.

A smaller work hangs from the second story and reaches below.  I overheard one little girl say to another "it's a baby and a mommy reaching for each other."  I'm inclined to agree with her.

Here are some of my favorites from Transparency:

This is by Sarah Gilbert, called Mi Corazon (fused and engraved glass):

 She says, "These two hands are my wife's hand and mine.  There is a metronome in the middle signifying the two beats we live by.  We are opposite but complementary in so many ways - the two  beats working together to create the rhythm of our lives." 

The Golden Egg...An American Dream 

"Created from the purest fiber optic crystal, it is one of 100 glass sculptures on exhibit throughout the National Liberty Museum...a reminder that liberty, like glass, is both strong and fragile."

 This one is extremely powerful:  

 I fell in love with the National Liberty Museum today.

Full disclosure:  I was the founder and coordinator of the Queer Artists Project of the Lesbian and Gay Historical Society of San Diego, (now called Lambda Archives of San Diego,) from the time it started in 1996 until we moved away from San Diego in 2010.  

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