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Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

Join the Museum of Glass for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibition, opening October 3rd, 2018. 

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

Museum of Glass

October 3rd, 2018 – October 2019.

 

Join the Museum of Glass for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight which tells the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

Immerse yourself in the story of Raven and the Box of Daylight, this traveling exhibition will make its debut at the Museum of Glass in October 2018.

 

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Cast lead crystal

32.75" x 9.75" x 6"

 

Salmon Woman

Blown and sand carved glass

27" x 14" x 14"

 

White Raven

19.5" x 10" x 14'

Blown and sand carved glass

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Raven and the Box of Daylight

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibition at the Museum of Glass opening October 2018. 

Museum of Glass
Raven and the Box of Daylight
October 3rd, 2018 – October 2019.
Opening celebration on October 6th, 2018.

 

Join the Museum of Glass for Raven and the Box of Daylight which tells the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience. Immerse yourself in the story of Raven and the Box of Daylight, when this traveling exhibition makes its debut at the Museum of Glass this October.

 

 

This endeavor took the Preston Singletary Studio years to create and refine. Here are process photos of some of the pieces that will be included in the exhibition.

Box of Daylight

Kiln cast and sand carved glass

Design process 

 

Raven Transforms

Sand carved glass

Design process

 

Blowing glass into head form molds.

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Summer and Fall Events

See a full list of upcoming gallery and museum openings featuring Preston Singletary's works. 

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming summer and fall events featuring new works by Preston Singlatary.

 

Beyond the Horizon
Seattle Art Fair
Traver Gallery

Visit this year’s Seattle Art Fair to see new works presented by the Traver Gallery at Booth G25, August 2nd – 5th.


Canoe

104” x 28” x 14”

Sand carved glass and metal


Mystic Knowledge
Blue Rain Gallery
Opens August 16th, 2018

Join Blue Rain Gallery as they present a new collection for the “Mystic Knowledge” exhibition to coincide with Santa Fe’s Indian Market. Visit the gallery on Friday August 17th and Saturday August 18th  11AM – 3PM to see glass blowing by Preston Singletary.

Shimmering Dusk

29.5" x 10" x 3"

Blown and sand carved glass

 

Frye Art Museum

Makers of the Now: Contemporary Native American and First Nations Artists

September 20th, 2018, 7PM

Join the Frye Art Museum and Preston Singletary for this lecture to hear Singletary talk about his art. This series presents five Native American and First Nations artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, highlighting their individual practices and examining the production of knowledge about contemporary indigenous artists. Within the context of an art world that retains anthropological notions about Native American and First Nations art—past and present—the speakers will discuss their processes, collaborations, and the ways in which they are constantly reimagining, adapting, and preserving their traditions in the present as well as for future generations. Details and tickets available HERE

 

Stonington Gallery

Opens October 4th, 2018

Stonington Gallery will show the wide breadth of Singletary’s work, including blown glass Tlingit Baskets, cast bronzes, glass jewelry, and limited edition prints.

Moon Medallion

8" x 8"

Cast glass

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Museum of Glass

Opens October 6th, 2018

"Raven and the Box of Daylight", the upcoming major Preston Singletary traveling exhibition at the Museum of Glass opens October 6th, 2018. "Raven and the Box of Daylight" is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

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“Raven and the Box of Daylight” Exhibition

See the latest information on the upcoming “Raven and the Box of Daylight” exhibition debuting at the Museum of Glass.

The Preston Singletary Studio is currently focused on creating new works in blown glass for the upcoming “Raven and the Box of Daylight” exhibition debuting at the Museum of Glass

This major traveling exhibition will open in fall 2018 and pushes the limits for glass as a medium. Visitors will also experience unique lighting and soundscapes to illustrate the story of Raven.

“Raven and the Box of Daylight” is based on the Tlingit origin history of Raven who brought light into a previously dark world by releasing the sun, the moon and the stars.

 

Clan Figure

Clan Figure, 28" x 15" x 15", blown and sand carved glass. 

 
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Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, Opening in 2018.

Learn more about the upcoming major exhibiton, "The Raven and the Box of Daylight" at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Opening in 2018 at the Museum of Glass, Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This myth holds great significance in the mythology of the Tlingit people as a revered creation tale. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit creation myth unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

The glass art of Preston Singletary is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight. Primarily known for his celebration of Native American art and design, Singletary will explore new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally created for stagecraft, and were used to tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of tribal families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere, in which the pieces follow and enhance the exhibition narrative. - Text Courtesy of Museum of Glass.

The upcoming Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibit at the Museum of Glass uses Singletary’s glass sculptures as the foundation, while pushing boundaries with added video and soundscape elements woven throughout. Starting in darkness and ending in light, the visitor will encounter depictions of the Nass River, Raven’s transformation, a Clan House and finally the world in daylight.          

Below is the origin history of the Raven and the Box of Daylight. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Raven looked around and noticed that the world was dark.  Raven encountered the fishermen of the night and asked, “Where is the Light?” They told Raven of the chief at the head of the Nass River who kept the light in his clan house.
Raven decided to go to the old chief, but was shooed away.  He learns of the chief’s daughter who drinks from the stream outside of the clan house. In order to sneak into the house, Raven devises a plan to transform himself into a speck of dirt and float into the young girl’s cup. Her servants see the dirt and they throw the water out. Raven then decides to transform himself into a hemlock needle in the stream and tries again. This time the daughter drinks the water that contains the hemlock needle and she becomes pregnant with Raven in the form of a human baby boy.

The old chief wouldn’t deny his much loved grandson anything. The boy grew quickly and was very precocious. Raven, disguised as the boy, eventually discovered a box and asked to play with it. The chief and his mother refused but the boy screamed until the grandfather gave in. When no one was looking the boy opened the box and the Stars flew up through the smoke hole and into the night sky. They scolded the boy. After some time the old man forgot what his grandson had done, and Raven discovered another box. Raven asked to play with the box and they refused. So Raven started to scream and cry. They eventually gave the box to him and he opened it. The Moon floated from the box and up into the sky.

Finally, the boy found the final box. He again asked to play with it and everyone adamantly refused. So he cried until old man relented again. They instructed him once again to not open the box. So he played with the box; slept with the box and ate off of the box. However, the boy was growing tired of being human and decided to transform back into the Raven.

One night when everyone was asleep, he crept to the box and slowly opened it. This was the box containing the Sun. Raven decided to flee the clan house, while daylight flooded throughout the world and everything was bathed in light.

 

Mark your calendars for the Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. Below are examples of pieces that will appear in this unique exhibiton. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Raven and the Box of Daylight, cast lead crystal, 37.5" x 8.5" x 6.25. Depicting the Raven holding the Sun and two figures standing on a box. 

 

The Woman Who Was Transparent, blown and sand carved glass, 20" x 14" x 14" 

 

Raven in a Water Droplet, blown and sand-carved glass, 15.5" x 3" x 3" 

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