The Catalina Island Museum will present an exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition, Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, will open on March 26, 2017 and run through December 11, 2017.
Chihuly, an American sculptor, has mastered the alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon, to create works of art that transform the viewer experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces, and in exhibitions presented in museums and gardens worldwide.
The exhibition sets the direction for the new Catalina Island Museum. The new museum building with an outdoor atrium, landscaped gardens and views of Catalina’s canyons and clear waters is an ideal setting for Chihuly’s sculptures, many of which reference or are inspired by natural elements.
The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building will provide an intimate setting for only the second major museum exhibition of Chihuly’s work in southern California. For nearly nine months Catalina Island Museum members, guests and island visitors will be immersed in some of Chihuly’s most iconic works, including Seaforms, Red Reeds, Mille Fiori, Chandeliers, Macchia, Baskets, and the Sea Blue and Green Tower, as well as a breathtaking 18-foot chandelier installation in its soaring lobby. Several of Chihuly’s large-scale installations will be featured throughout the museum in its special exhibitions galleries, atrium, second-level plazas and gazebo. The exterior portion of the exhibition offers two different viewing experiences – during the day when the sculptures’ unique shapes and bold colors glisten in the sun and in the evening when the pieces will be dramatically illuminated.
When talking about his work, Chihuly once stated, “I want people to be overwhelmed by light and color in a way they have never experienced.”
To encourage visitors from nearby Los Angeles and beyond to make the most of their stay in Avalon the museum has partnered with the Santa Catalina Island Company, who will be the official Hospitality Partner of the exhibition.
- Press Release from the Catalina Island Museum