Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows
Museum of Glass, touring
The Museum of Glass is proud to present Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows, the first mid-career survey of this renowned artist. For nearly two decades, Preston Singletary has straddled two cultures—melding his Tlingit ancestry with the dynamism of the Studio Glass Movement—and in the process creating an extraordinarily distinctive and powerful body of work.
This exhibition, which contains works borrowed from major museum and private collections across the United States, illustrates Singletary’s artistic evolution over the past two decades and culminates in a dynamic new body of work created during his 2008 Visiting Artist Residency at the Museum of Glass. The exhibition also showcases, for the first time, Singletary’s newest and most significant commission to date. This work features a monumental cast-glass triptych, comprising reinterpretations of a densely carved interior house screen suspended between two longhouse posts. Merging video art, video, and music into a multimedia installation, Singletary will create an atmospheric soundscape that resonates on several levels, revealing a new artistic direction.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum produced a documentary film along with various interviews filmed with Singletary in Alaska. A fully illustrated color catalog featuring essays by Native American scholar Steven C. Brown, Tlingit storyteller and author Walter Porter, and Museum of Glass curator Melissa G. Post accompanies the exhibition.